2016 Eastern Regional Exhibition

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, from Sept. 9 - Oct. 8, 2016

The OPA 2016 Eastern Exhibition was held at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 9 through October 8, 2016.

OPA's Eastern Regional Exhibition was once again hosted by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 9 through October 8, 2016. The City of Cincinnati offers many diversified attractions. Visitors may visit the amazing Taft Museum of Art, the American Sign Museum to watch a neon sign being made, the Krohn Conservatory which offers an indoor botanical garden and rain forest waterfall in an Art Deco style facility, or the Lytle Park Historical District with its Georgian, Greek Revival and Italianate styles of architecture.

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art hosted an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, September 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public. This was followed by a separate gallery collectors' reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Our Goal

Our goal is 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 craftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.


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


Eligible states and provinces include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Artists must be either a 2016 OPA paid member or have submitted an application for membership for 2016 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition. Artists whose residency is in question must provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K on-line for definition of residency requirements.

General Information

FINAL ACCEPTANCE: Online submissions: Friday, May 27, 2016

  • Representational oil paintings of original concept and design only.
  • Paintings entered must have been painted in the last 3 years and should not have been accepted into a previous OPA Regional or National Exhibition.
  • Canvas size: maximum size not to exceed 1200 square inches (unframed). Example: 30" (height) X 40" (width) = 1200 square inches.
  • Painting must be framed and wired for hanging.
  • Gallery wrap is acceptable, providing the painting extends and covers all four sides of the gallery wrap. Color borders are not acceptable. Painted frames are not acceptable.
  • Maximum entries two (2). However, only one (1) painting can be accepted.
  • The artist retains copyright to his/her image(s). However, accepted images do become part of OPA archives and may be used for future OPA event promotion.
  • Paintings created in an instructional setting, including, but not limited to workshops and art classes are not considered original artwork.
  • All work must be for sale and reflect the artist's current pricing structure. No NFS.
  • Pre-sales permitted through Eisele Gallery of Fine Art at the contracted commission rate of 60%/40%.
  • Artists must be currently living in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • An artist who withdraws an entry after acceptance into the exhibition shall not be eligible to enter any OPA exhibition for the two succeeding years.

Entry Information

  • On-line Submissions - Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016
    Electronic applications were accepted beginning Monday, March 21, 2016 through Friday, May 27, 2016. Images should have been between 1400 and 4000 pixels at the largest dimension. Specific details on how to prepare your image properly can be found at juriedartservices.com.

    To submit your electronic application, please go directly to juriedartservices.com.

  • Jurying Fees
    One painting is $30.00 or $45.00 for two paintings. Only one painting can be accepted. Electronic payment may be made by credit card or through Paypal. No e-checks were accepted. Jurying fees for on-line submissions may have also been paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, May 27, 2016.

  • Membership
    You must be a paid member through December 31, 2016 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2016 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1.) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, May 27 or 2.) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are post marked no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. Click here for more membership information

  • Sales Commission
    Sales commission of 40% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold. Please take this into consideration when setting your price. All work that is submitted must be for sale. No NFS. Paintings must be priced in accordance with the artist's current pricing structure. Pre-sales permitted through Eisele Gallery of Fine Art at contracted commission rate of 60%/40% split.

  • Delivery and Return of Accepted Work

    Delivery for Local Artists: Deliver uncrated paintings to Eisele Gallery of Fine Art between August 22 and August 27. Hand delivered work must be picked up between October 10 and 15, 2016.

    Out of Town Artists: ship to Eisele Gallery, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH 45227 to arrive between August 22 through August 27, 2016. Handling Fee: Out of Town artists must include a $25 check payable to Eisele Gallery of Fine Art to cover the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, re-crating and contacting your shipper for return. In a separate envelope include the appropriate return shipping label with your personal Fed Ex or UPS Account Information. Shipments from OUTSIDE the US must be shipped "FREE DOMICILE" or will not be accepted. OPA will waive the uncrating fee for artist's who use a commercially manufactured artist's/strong box such as a StrongBoxTM by Airfoat Systems, or a similar brand, like Masterpak or Uline. StrongBoxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show at the artist's expense. Artists who do not use one of these special boxes are still required to send the $25 uncrating fee.

  • Notification of Results: Participants should check the OPA website after June 17 for the juror's selections.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

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

Good Luck and Good Painting

Juror of Awards: Charles Cox OPAM

Training: B.A. David Lipscomb College, Ringling School of Art, Watkins Institute, U.T. Nashville Ext.

Professional Experience: 30 years illustrator at United Methodist Publishing House and freelancing for publishing houses around the country, painting instructor David Lipscomb College, 17 years full-time painter.

Awards: "Best of Show," 2008 OPA Eastern Regional, "Award of Excellence," 2012 OPA Eastern Regional," "Award of Excellence," 2015 OPA National, "First in Oil," Central South, "Best of Show," Central South, "Best of Show," 2013 Columbia State Show, "First in Oil," Tennessee Art League, "3rd Place FASO Online Show, acceptance 2009 OPA National and Eastern Regional, acceptance 2011 OPA Eastern Regional and National, "Finalist," Fineartviews Competition, acceptance "Paint the Parks" competition, featured artist 2015 Columbia State Show.

Honors: Master Signature Member OPA (2015), Featured in "American Art Collector Magazine," (twice), featured in "Nashville Arts Magazine," online judge OPA, wrote blog OPA.

Collections: Vanderbilt University, David Lipscomb University, formerly in Cheekwood Collection, several bank headquarters, private collections around the country.

Favorite Artists: Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, Degas, Schmid.

Painting Philosophy: Strives for good composition, good drawing, creative exploration and manipulation of color and tone, painterliness ( involving lively paint application, thick and thin paint consistency), selectivity of detail, manipulation of edges, etc


Eisele Gallery of Fine Art

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art is the proud host of the 2016 Eastern Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00A.M. -5:30P.M.
10:00A.M. -5:00P.M.

Friday, May 27

Deadline for on-line submissions.

Friday, June 17

Notification posted on the OPA website.

August 22 - 27 2016

Out of Town Artists
Artwork to arrive at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art.

Friday, September 9, 2016

12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Painting Demonstration by Stephanie Birdsall
Location: Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH.

Stephanie Birdsall
STEPHANIE BIRDSALL received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. After graduation she spent time traveling through Europe honing her skills as a plein air painter. Upon her return to the United States, Stephanie continued her study under several top artists including: Albert Handel, Ramon Kelly, and Quang Ho and has been fortunate to paint under the tutelage of Richard Schmid and the Putney Painters for the past eight years. In recent years, she has excelled at painting florals and still lives in both oil and pastel.

Her work has garnered recognition and more than 50 major awards in national and international juried exhibitions. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, England, Bargemon in France and at the National Arts Club in New York. Among the awards she has received are Best in Show at the Bridgeport Museum of Arts and Science, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award, the Degas Pastel Society Exceptional Merit Award,the Connecticut Pastel Society Herman Margulies Award and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, John Manship Award. In 2004 her work was selected by the National Academy of the Arts for inclusion in the Arts for the Parks National Exhibition.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Artists' Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Location: Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH.

We enjoyed the opening of this year's Eastern Regional Exhibition! Juror of Awards and Master Signature artist Charles Cox presented this year's award winners at approximately 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Artists' Dinner at The National Exemplar Restaurant
Location: 6880 Wooster Pike #2, Cincinnati, OH. (attached to the Best Western Hotel)
Price: $35 includes tax and tip. (Payment was due at dinner. Cash payment would be greatly appreciated!)

We enjoyed dinner at The National Exemplar Restaurant, a popular restaurant well known for its great food and just minutes away from the Eisele Gallery. A private room was reserved for OPA where artists and guests selected from two main entrees: roasted chicken or seared cod. The meal also included Arugula Salad, Haricot Vert Almondines and roasted fingerling potatoes. Soda and alcoholic beverages are extra. A cash bar was available beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast at Eisele Gallery
Location: Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH.

Some stopped in early for a bagel or muffin, fresh fruit and coffee before Mr. Mueller began his presentation.

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “The Building of a Great Design” with David Mueller
Location: Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH.

David Mueller
DAVID MUELLER understands the importance of utilizing a good design to create an outstanding painting. David will present a slide show focusing on some of history's most famous works of art that have outstanding elements of design, as well as demonstrate how to get your painting off to a great start.

David Mueller, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, IL, currently resides in Northern Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, OH. He is a 1987 graduate of The American Academy of Art, in Chicago, whose fine art program had a strong focus on traditional realism. He has taught oil painting and drawing to numerous students both privately and in regional workshops. He has been sharing his knowledge of “Sophisticated Fundamentals” paying forward concepts that he gleaned from numerous educational, peer group and historic inspirations.

Since 1989, David has been creating renderings for many private and corporate collectors, including gubernatorial portraits that hang in the Ohio State capital. Most recently, David rendered a Christmas ornament that was displayed on the main indoor White House Christmas tree. In March of 1993, David's work appeared on the cover of The Artists Magazine and in the feature article therein on his painting technique. Another article for the magazine appeared in the July 2004 issue. His work has been the subject of many regional publications, including print, television, and radio.

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Frisch's Big Boy
Location: 5760 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio (across the street from the gallery)
Cost: Individual Checks were provided

2:00 p.m. Tour of the Taft Museum
Location: 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: $20 – Must Register Individually On-line in Advance!!!!

The Taft Museum of Art is a historic house museum holding a fine art collection in Cincinnati and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum's collections include European old master paintings, with works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Thomas Gainsborough, Frans Hals, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and Adriaen van Ostade, among others, and 19th-century American paintings, including the wellknown murals by Robert Duncanson.

Also on display is the popular “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” exhibit. Due to its overwhelming popularity, visitors wanting to visit any part of the Taft museum must have purchased general admission tickets in advance – this also gave you access to the “Downtown Abby” exhibition as well. Be sure to schedule your ticket to visit the “Downtown Abby” exhibit at a time that is convenient for you! We did not tour the gallery as a group – we knew everyone had their favorites. To reserve your ticket at the Taft Museum of Art visit www.taftmuseum.org.

FYI, the museum closes at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is limited free on-site parking for guests visiting the Museum.

October 10 through October 15

Local Artists
Remove paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged.
Thank you for your cooperation.


Designed in the early 1920's, the Village of Mariemont was to be a model "English garden" community and a self-sufficient town where good planning would prevent common big-city problems. The Inn, on the National Register of Historic Places, offers guests luxurious comfort in the heart of Mariemont's unforgettable historic district. This hotel is about 1 mile from the Eisle Gallery of Fine Art

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