2015 Western Regional Exhibition

2015 Western Exhibition in Steamboad Springs, Colorado

The OPA 2015 Western Exhibition will be held at the Wild Horse Gallery, in Steamboat Springs, CO from August 7 - September 7, 2015

Wild Horse Gallery

OPA's 2015 Western Regional Exhibition was hosted by Wild Horse Gallery, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from August 7 through September 7, 2015. Steamboat Springs is known for its year-round recreational activities, touting the Yampa River Trail, a system that links downtown Steamboat Springs with the mountain area for walking, jogging, cycling, horseback riding and skiing. Wild Horse Gallery hosted an opening reception on Friday, August 7, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the awards presentation at 6:00 P.M.

Our Goal

Our goal was to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process was to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.


The total awards was approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

The Awarding Juror: was two-time OPA Gold Medal winner, Signature Member Johanna Harmon OPA.

Johanna Harmon OPA was born in 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but spent most of her childhood in Tempe, Arizona. Johanna began designing and recording visual observations at the age of seven, but it wasn't until almost two decades later that she was introduced to the traditional language of art at the Scottsdale Artists' School in Arizona, the Fechin Art Institute in Taos, New Mexico, and the Art Students League of Denver in Colorado. There, she studied painting alongside prominent figure artists with varied artistic philosophies and approaches such as Carolyn Anderson, John Asaro, Scott Burdick, Mark Daily, Daniel Gerhartz OPAM, Quang Ho OPAM and C.W. Mundy OPAM. Following her most recent award, she expanded her understanding further by studying contemporary realism with Daniel Sprick, and abstract realism with David A Leffel OPAM and Sherrie McGraw OPAM.

Her work has been exhibited with the Art Renewal Center, The Artist's Magazine, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Oil Painters of America's (OPA) National Juried Exhibition, Portrait Society of America, and Scottsdale Artists' School. She has received numerous prestigious awards throughout the years. Most recently she was honored with the OPA Signature Member designation, and acceptance into the 2013 Oil Painters of America's 22nd National Juried Exhibition where she received her second Gold Medal Award, becoming the first artist to receive two OPA National Exhibition Gold Medal Awards in the organization's history. Her first Gold Medal was awarded in 2007.

Over the past decade, her work has been presented in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions, and is collected internationally. Her work has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Artbook of the New West, and Focus Santa Fe.

Harmon has taught workshops at Scottsdale Artists' School in Arizona, North River Arts Society in Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts, The Coppini Academy of Art in San Antonio, Texas, and The Art Student's League of Denver in Colorado. Her emphasis is on the clarification of visual intention, while nurturing the overall painted subject. This pivotal understanding defines her work today. She credits Cecilia Beaux, Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Abbott Handerson Thayer and Anders Zorn as inspiration.

Johanna now resides in beautiful Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband of 18 years, Steven.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

Oil Painters of America and Wild Horse Gallery is not responsible for loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, each artist is deemed to have concurred with this agreement. Artists pay for shipping both ways. We suggested that you provide insurance to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.
Howard Friedland, Signature Member and OPA Board Member, served as chairman of a Jurying Committee consisting of five Master Signature or Signature members of OPA. The results of the jurying is final. No refunds are made on unaccepted entries.


Wild Horse Gallery

Wild Horse Gallery is the proud host of the 2015 Western Exhibition in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Sunday and Monday

Friday, May 15

Deadline for on-line submissions.

Monday, June 15

Notification posted on the OPA website.

Saturday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Painting Demonstration with Johanna Harmon OPA
Location: Steamboat Art Museum, 801 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO

OPA was thrilled to have two-time OPA National gold medal winner and this year's Juror of Awards Johanna Harmon OPA provide a painting demonstration for artists and guests. Over the past decade, her work has been presented in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions, and is collected internationally. Her work has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Artbook of the New West, and Focus Santa Fe.

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