23rd Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

2014 National Exhibition in Bennington, Vermont

23rd Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-third Annual National Exhibition will be held at The Bennington Center for the Arts, in Bennington, Vermont from June 7 - July 27, 2014.

Bennington, Vermont

 Oil Painters of America is pleased to return to the Bennington Center for the Arts for our Twenty-third Annual National Exhibition and Convention, being held in Bennington, Vermont, June 7 - July 27, 2014. Founded by Elizabeth Small and Bruce Laumeister, the Bennington Center for the Arts was built in 1994 with the mission of offering access to world-class artists from all disciplines to residents and visitors of Bennington County. With a total of 9,000 square feet of exhibition space this is a lovely location for our 2014 show.

 An opening reception will be held for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Saturday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the awards presentation taking place at 7:00 p.m. As has become our custom, many informative and educational seminars will be offered to OPA members and guests during the exhibition.


Wednesday, June 4 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Registration Open
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Wednesday, June 4 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Road Trip with Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine's Editor-In-Chief, Peter Trippi
Location: Meet at Bennington Center for the Arts
(We will depart for Williams College Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m.)

Join us for a fun and informative day as we begin with a presentation by the ever gracious Peter Trippi, publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Mr. Trippi will discuss some of the highlights of the "American Art: Colonial Period through Mid-Twentieth Century" exhibition currently on display at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Immediately following his presentation at the Bennington Center for the Arts, attendees will board a bus for Williams College Museum of Art where there will be plenty of free time to visit the exhibition and enjoy lunch in this quaint college town. (Registration fee does not include lunch)

Thursday, June 5 - 7:00 a.m. to Noon

Registration Open
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Thursday, June 5 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SW Art Magazine's "Pampered Paint Out" - You Deserve It!
Location: Taraden Bed & Breakfast

Yes, artists need and deserve a little pampering now and then too. Slow down, take a break and allow yourself the opportunity to take in your surroundings and revitalize your spirit. Join SW Art's Kimberly Moore and SW Art Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Kristin Hoerth for a day of painting with plenty of great food and time to socialize with fellow artists. Nestled on 20 acres of southwest Vermont farmland in the beautiful and serene Village of North Bennington, Taraden Bed & Breakfast is surrounded by spectacular views of Mt. Anthony, the Taconic Mountains and the stately Green Mountains. Taraden has become a well known artist's retreat thanks to owners Nan and Bob Lowary whose passion for the arts has made this a popular destination for artists and art organizations from across the country.

Thursday, June 5 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

OPA Welcome Reception, Registration and Exhibits Open - Let's Celebrate!
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

It's time to celebrate the arts! This fun, casual reception gives attendees an opportunity to meet other members in an informal, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Stop in to socialize, have a drink and an appetizer or two, and pick up your registration materials. OPA exhibits will also be open for members to take a look at the latest and best products on the market.

Friday, June 6 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration and Exhibits Open
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Friday, June 6 - 9:00 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.

Be Inspired! Painting Demonstrations by these amazing award winning artists
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Friday, June 6 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

Friday, June 6 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"How To Present Your Most Professional Self-Inspiring Ideas to Help Take
Your Art to the Next Level" with Kristen Thies, CEO, West Wind Fine Art

Come learn what steps are essential to taking your career to the next level. As CEO and owner of West Wind Fine Art Gallery, Kristen Thies has had no equal in her ability to successfully manage the careers of some of today's most highly regarded artists, including the prodigious Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Kathy Anderson, Judy Stach and Daniel Keys. Her bestselling book "Wisdom and the Dreamer: Achieving Fulfillment in the Arts," continues to garner wide acclaim offering artists sage marketing knowledge and inspiration in the field of Fine Art.

Friday, June 6 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit Exhibits

Friday, June 6 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

"Fluidity and Color" presentation and painting demonstration with Daniel J. Keys
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Upon noticing a glimpse of artistic talent in him at an early age, Daniel Keys was encouraged by his parents to pursue his passion, namely painting; and being entirely home educated, time permitted him to develop his skill as a self taught artist. He started painting at the age of eleven using a paint set purchased with birthday money. It was during these impressionable years that Daniel discovered the work of master artist Richard Schmid, and began emulating Schmid's style in his own paintings. Since that time Daniel has had opportunity to paint with his mentor, and Mr. Schmid has become a sort of art adviser to him. Daniel's work is now praised, and collected, by many prominent art enthusiasts from all around the country. Join him, as he discusses some of his work and demonstrates his extraordinary painting prowess.

Friday, June 6 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

American Art Collector Magazine's "Quintessential Vermont" Party! Location: Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont

Join us, as our friends at American Art Collector Magazine play host to an amazing evening of dinner and dancing at the historic Park-McCullough House, one of the finest, most significant Victorian Mansions in New England. Situated on 200 acres, this thirty-five room mansion and accompanying carriage house will serve as the backdrop for what has become one of the most highly anticipated events during our National Exhibition & Conference. For the fifth straight year, American Art Collector Magazine has sponsored this fun, fabulous evening that you will surely not want to miss!

Saturday, June 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration and Exhibits Open
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Saturday, June 7 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Painting Demonstration by Juror of Awards Charles Movalli OPAM
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Charles Movalli OPAM has a BA from Clark University and a PhD from the University of Connecticut. He has painted and written about art for over thirty years. Although he works primarily in acrylic, he is also a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America. For 25 years, Mr. Movalli served as Contributing Editor for American Artist Magazine, writing over 80 articles. He also was selected to edit 9 art books for Watson-Guptill Publications, working with Emile Gruppe, Paul Strisik, Betty Lou Schlemm, Roger Curtis, and Claude Croney. He has received Life Achievement Awards from the Oil Painters of America (1991), Rockport Art Association (1999), and Hudson Valley Art Association (2002). Mr. Movalli has judged shows all over the United States and has lectured and demonstrated for over a hundred different art organizations.

Saturday, June 7 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Visit Exhibits

Saturday, June 7 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"Brand Building & Art Marketing Secrets Using Social Media and Blogging"
presented by social media expert Lori McNee
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

The buzzwords branding and marketing can be intimidating to many artists. OPA artist Lori McNee will explain the differences between these two necessary evils which are often used interchangeably and incorrectly. Learn the secrets on how these two business concepts work together with social media and blogging to build your art business. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post.

Saturday, June 7 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

Saturday, June 7 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

OPA Distinguished Artist: "Up Close and Personal" with Alan Wolton OPAM and Editor-In-Chief of SW Art Magazine Kristin Hoerth
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

A brilliant artist and nuanced thinker, Master Signature artist Alan Wolton will share personal and professional accounts of his extraordinary art career with Kristin Hoerth, editor-in-chief of SW Art Magazine. Of himself he says, "I like my paintings to stop passers-by who had only by accident caught a glimpse of the picture. What they see should be breath-takingly different, delightfully fresh, something emotionally appetizing and a joy. A subconscious visual high spiked by a happy relationship of colors, tones, forms and cleanliness."

Saturday, June 7 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

"Breaking into the Field of Portraiture" - a panel discussion with William T. Chambers OPAM, John Michael Carter OPAM, Qin Ming, and Portrait, Inc. Executive Partners Julia G. Baughman and Ruth Reeves
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Ever wonder about getting into the business of portrait painting? This high-powered panel will share their many years of combined experience to help you gain valuable insight into what it takes to be a portrait artist. Panelists include Julie Baughman and Ruth Reeves, Executive Partners of Portrait, Inc., considered the foremost authority on fine portraiture, William T. Chambers OPAM, John Michael Carter OPAM, and Qin Ming, all superb portrait artists in their own right, having been commissioned to paint some of the foremost names in the world of business, the arts, academia and society.

Saturday, June 7 - 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

23rd Annual National Exhibition Opening Reception
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts -Free and open to the public

Collectors, artists and art lovers are cordially invited to attend the opening of this year's 23rd National Exhibition at Bennington Center for the Arts featuring over 200 of the top artists from the United States and Canada. Come celebrate the beauty of representational work at its finest. The exhibition will be on display from June 7 through July 27, 2014.

Saturday, June 7 - 8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

OPA Awards Presentation
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts - Public is Welcome to Attend

This year's exhibition culminates with the much anticipated awards ceremony. Juror of Awards and Master Signature artist Charles Movalli will announce this year's award winners. Immediately following, dessert and coffee will be served.

Sunday, June 8 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

OPA Annual Business Meeting
Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Sunday, June 8 - 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Painting Demonstration by Distinguished Arrtist Alan Wolton OPAM Location: Bennington Center for the Arts

Alan Wolton was born in England in 1934. He launched his career as a professional artist at the early age of 20. He is indulging in an artistic freedom brought about by his years of development and the confidence of maturity. Following international recognition, his paintings now show a revised simplicity of statement. Technically Mr Wolton´s work is unquestionable. His list of credentials and exhibitions over the years is very impressive.

Sunday, June 8 - Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

Sunday, June 8 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Painting Demonstration by Zhiwei Tu OPAM Location: Bennington Center for the Art's

Born in northern Gunagdong Province in China, Zhiwei Tu's talent was discovered at an early age. As a student, he would receive his BA and MA from Gunangzhou Institute of Fine Arts. Later, upon moving to the U.S., Zhiwei Tu pursued further studies at Drake University where he obtained his MFA. Known for his exquisite mastery of light and impressionistic style, Zhiwei Tu has earned some of the nation's most prestigious awards including the Gold Medal at the World Cultural Convention in Algiers, and OPA's American National Award of Excellence. Highly revered in China, Zhiwei Tu recently returned to his homeland where he was honored at the opening ceremony of the Zhiwei Tu Art Museum in Shiaoguan, China.

Sunday, June 8 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OPA Critiques - Aspire to Achieve More!
Location: Bennington Center for the Art's

OPA will again offer its members the opportunity to have their paintings critiqued. OPA Master and Signature painters will be available for either a one-on-one private consultation, or a group critique. Bring your portfolio, photographs are preferred. No slides, please. Computers will be available on a limited basis to review images on disc. Sign-up sheets for individual or group critiques will be available on-site.

July 28 - August 1, 2014

Local artists must remove artwork.


 In effort to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, OPA has identified some of the exceptional lodging in the Bennington Vermont area. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for OPA, but we recommend reserving your place immediately, as rooms will fill up and these spots will not be held for long.

Paradise Inn

 The Paradise Inn, located in Bennington, Vermont, is a 100% family owned, multi generational business. Proud to be in the Bennington area, and in love with the land, air, and people of our town, we welcome you whole heartedly to enjoy this unique corner of Vermont with a stay at our Inn. We’ve made our Inn, too, a unique corner of Bennington itself, with extensive gardens and lawns, flowers blooming all summer long, and a special attention to environment, so that you can really be in Bennington when you stay at the Inn.

 Bennington is about history (read, a decisive Revolutionary War battle took place just nearby and Old Bennington will take you back in time). It’s about place (the quality of the air, the way the town sits in the valley), that special feeling of “…ah, relax…” found here far from urban hustle and bustle. It’s about education (Bennington, the college, is here, as is Southern Vermont College, with Williams College, in Williamstown, just down the road); and it’s about people (that special blend of smart and ordinary that characterizes New Englanders, plus we’re hardworkin’ and fun-lovin’). When you come to Bennington, you step into all of that mix of history and now that will make for an enjoyable and fascinating time.

 Recreation is a-plenty here, with ski resorts, lakes, bike paths, hikes. Mount Snow, Stratton, Killington, Prospect Mountain – these are the ski resorts associated with our area. Arts and entertainment thrives in our corner of Vermont and neighboring Massachusetts – you’ve got Mass Moca nearby, the Clark in Williamstown, summer stock theater galore also in Williamstown, races in Saratoga, music in Tanglewood… we could go on and on. We list more on our area attractions page.

Source: vermontparadiseinn.com

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