2016 Juried Salon Show

OPA 2016 Juried Salon Show in Fort Worth, Texas

OPA's 2016 Juried Salon Show is being hosted by Castle Gallery Fine Art, offering 10,000 square feet of gallery space, located in Indiana's second largest city, Fort Wayne. The Salon Show will take place from September 30 through October 29, 2016.

Known as "The City of Attractions" Fort Wayne boasts having 11 museums and historic sites within walking distance in the downtown area, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. If not the museums,visitors will find of interest the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory with its colorful seasonal gardens; the impressive headquarters of Sweetwater Sound, the world's leading music technology and instrument retailer;Vera Bradley one of the trendsetters in women's luggage, handbags, and fashion accessories, and the DeBrand Fine Chocolate Factory where visitors can tour the corporate headquarters and sample some of their tasty chocolates. Learn more about Fort Wayne, IN.

The Castle Gallery Fine Art building was constructed as a private home in 1905 of granite boulders in the Richardson Romanesque style and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Castle Gallery Fine Art is hosting an opening reception on Friday, September 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the awards presentation at 8:00 p.m.

Our Goal is to assemble the finest display of approximately 275 representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be 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 will be a minimum of $12,000 in cash and/or merchandise.

The awarding juror will be Carolyn Lewis OPA.
Plein air juror will be C.W. Mundy OPAM.

Eligible states and provinces include: all paid members residing in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Artists must be either 2016 OPA paid members or have submitted an application for membership for 2016 to be eli- gible 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.


Wednesday, September 28
3:00 p.m. Plein Air Competition Officially Begins!

OPA artists - please take note! Fort Wayne is overflowing with an abundance of subject matter just waiting for you to paint! You will not be disappointed. Be sure to bring your cameras and sketch books as you will no doubt find a lot of great reference material!

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration Packet Pick-Up
Location: Castle Gallery @ the OPA Tent
Pre-registered attendees may pick up their registration materials and have their canvas stamped at this time. Artists who have not pre-registered may also register at this time.

  • Canvas must be officially stamped by an OPA or Castle Gallery representative prior to painting.
  • Maximum canvas size not to exceed 320 square inches.
  • All paintings must be framed and wired for hanging in order to be in the competition & sale.
  • Eligible attendees* are guaranteed one painting in the exhibition; however, two or more paintings will be considered based on the number of registered attendees, so please come prepared!
  • Plein Air Rules & Regulations can be found on the OPA website under Events - Salon Show.
*Please Note: Only artists who have paid the registration fee are eligible to participate in the plein air competition.
  Thursday, September 29
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration Packet Pick-Up
Location:Castle Gallery @ the OPA Tent

Artists unable to arrive on Wednesday can pick up their registration packets and have their canvas stamped anytime on Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Artists' Dinner at Henry's Restaurant
Location: 536 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Cost: Individual Checks will be issued - cash is recommended!

Please join us for a casual dinner at one of the local's favorites featuring American fare in a pub-style setting. Thursday's special will be short ribs or blue gill. Menu options vary, but expect to pay $10 - $30 depending on your selections. (Please note: A 20% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill.)

Kirk Larsen
7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nocturne Painting Demonstration with Kirk Larsen
Location: Henry's Pub, 536 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Kirk Larsen can best be described as a modern day renaissance man and OPA is delighted to have him join us in Fort Wayne! Kirk is going to paint outside Henry's Pub immediately following dinner. This is unique opportunity to see the process and gain insights into night painting on location. As with all painting, the observation of light and color from life is invaluable. Kirk has been painting night from twilight to moonlight, from city to sea and summer to winter for over 30 years. He will share his process and tips for plein air painting.

Plein air landscapes and maritime subjects fuel Kirk's passion to paint and he has been recognized with over 132 awards (Including 2 OPA plein air awards) and national recognition for his impressive work. He is a Professor at the prestigious Parsons New School University teaching in their School of Design Strategies program. Kirk also keeps busy as an actor and can be seen in several films including Men in Black 3 and Noah. In addition, Kirk is an accomplished sailor, musician, gourmet cook, award winning published writer of short stories, screenplays, essays and poetry.

  Friday, September 30
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Deadline for Plein Air Painting Competition
Location: Castle Gallery @ the OPA Tent

Framed and wired paintings must be turned in by 10:00 a.m. to be eligible for the competition. We are thrilled to have C.W. Mundy OPAM as this year 's Juror of Awards for the plein air competition.

Carolyn Lewis
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration by Juror of Awards Carolyn Lewis OPA
Location: Castle Gallery @ the Carriage House

The art of Carolyn Lewis is inspired by nature, wildlife, and people. It is sensitive without being overly sentimental. Her commissioned portraits of individuals and animals, and her powerful landscapes, are steadily gaining acclaim in national art circles.

In September 2005, Carolyn's first book entitled Land and Light Workshop, Painting Mood and Atmosphere in Oils was released by North Light Books, and an accompanying video/DVD entitled Painting Mood and Atmosphere was released by Teaching Art, Ltd. Her work is also published in The Ultimate Guide to Painting from Photographs, edited by James Markle and Layne Vanover, North Light Books, October 2005. In addition, Carolyn is published as one of several artists featured in both Artist's Photo Reference - Landscapes by Gary Greene and Artist's Digital Photo Reference - Landscapes by Erin Nevius, both published by North Light Books, 2001 and 2006, respectively. Recently, she has written articles published in Paint Magazine for the Society for All Artists, UK. She has also had her work featured in The Artist's Magazine.

Along with several solo exhibitions, Carolyn Lewis has been selected to exhibit in many local, regional and national art competitions.

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. "200 Years of Indiana Art from the Haan Collection" Presentation by Charles Shepard III, President & CEO and Chief Curator, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Location: Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 11 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN

Charles Shepard III
The Haan Mansion Museum in Lafayette, Indiana is home to hundreds of works of art by Indiana artists. Bob and Ellie Haan have been collecting historic Indiana art for over two decades, including works by the Hoosier Group artists, Richmond and Brown County artists, and 1930s and 1940s Regionalist paintings. The couple generously shares their collection, loaning pieces to museums across the Midwest. Artists in the exhibition include George Winter, T.C. Steele, John Elwood Bundy, Margaret Rudisill, and Maude Eggemeyer. Please join President & CEO and Chief Curator Charles Shepard as he shares his unique perspective as the visionary for all exhibitions at the FWMoA.

Mr. Shepard has been involved in making, presenting, teaching, and introducing people to art for over thirty years. He has been a professor of art history, senior curator and director at three university museums, most recently the Lyman Allyn Art Museum at Connecticut College, before accepting his post as Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2003. He has also been the director of the Michigan Guild and, as such, responsible for the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the Plymouth Art Fair, and the Ann Arbor Winter Fair.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Location: Castle Gallery

Please join us for the opening of this year's Salon Exhibition where we will celebrate this magnificent collection of representational art created by artists from all across the United States and Canada. OPA Juror of Awards and Signature artist Carolyn Lewis will announce this year's award winners at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Built in 1905 as a wedding present for B. Paul Mossman and his bride, the Castle is of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Saturday, October 1
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wet Paint Sale!
Location: Castle Gallery @ the OPA Tent

The wet paint sale is open for business! Fort Wayne residents can see the many picturesque spots of Fort Wayne painted by OPA artists during this special event.

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration by C.W. Mundy OPAM
Location: Castle Gallery @ the Carriage House

C.W. Mundy
Charles Warren Mundy ranks among the most important American impressionists painting today. No matter the subject matter, be it a battle-scarred working fishing boat in Gloucester Harbor, a petite ballerina executive a graceful pas des deux, a delicate pink vase in a structured still life, or a moody English landscape, Mundy's aggressive, often soft-edged painterly style is very much his own. Born in Indianapolis, Mundy received his undergraduate degree in art from Ball State University and his Masters of Fine Art at Long Beach State in Los Angeles.

Over the years he has received numerous awards from his participation in both regional and national juried exhibits, including the prestigious Hoosier Salon. His work is displayed in the Indiana State Museum, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, The University of Louisville Hall of Fame, Indianapolis 500, as well as many private and corporate collections. By 1997 Mundy's work was nationally recognized, and his career trajectory has continued on a steady upward climb ever since. He has been the recipient of top honors in many prestigious events including Best of Show in the prestigious Hoosier Salon, as well as numerous OPA Exhibitions.

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Plein Air Competition Awards Ceremony
Location: Castle Gallery @ the Carriage House

Please join Master Signature artist C.W. Mundy, this year's Juror of Awards for the plein competition as he announces the award winners.

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration by John Michael Carter OPAM
Location: Castle Gallery @ the Carriage House

John Michael Carter
John Michael Carter first began his studies in drawing at the age 16 with his father E.L.Carter, a commercial artist. He attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and then moved to Los Angeles where he attended the prestigious Art Center College of Design. There he received a background in the major classical Schools of painting and graduated with a B.F.A, Degree.

In addition to Carter's love of figurative painting, he enjoys the street scenes and landscapes he discovers in his travels here and abroad.

He has been a frequent guest instructor at art workshops across the country, including the Scottsdale Artist School since 1990, the Dallas Arts League and the Cincinnati Arts Club. His thorough classical training and experience in drawing and painting gives him the technical expertise to provide artists with superb instruction. He is a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America and was OPA's National Exhibition Gold Medal recipient in 2004. He currently serves as OPA's president.

Explore the Castle Gallery Fine Art

"The Gem of the Midwest" - Eric Rhoads, publisher of PleinAir Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Castle Gallery Fine Art is honored to host this event featuring Associate, Signature, and Master Members of OPA. The Castle offers a 10,000 square foot gallery within the Romanesque style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Learn more about the Castle Gallery Fine Art

Castle Gallery Fine Art Hours
Tue-Sat: 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Or by Appointment


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