2017 Eastern Regional Exhibition

"Sunrise on St. Simons" by Bert Cash, Cropped from original.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in Saint Simons Island, GA, from Nov. 17 - Dec. 16, 2017

OPA is pleased to announce that the Eastern Regional Exhibition will be hosted by Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in St. Simons Island, Georgia, from November 17 through December 16, 2017. Anderson Fine Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public with the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. Associate and Signature member entries canvas size may not exceed 480 square inches. OPA is pleased to have Signature artist Howard Friedland serve as this year's Juror of Awards

One of four islands that comprise the Golden Isles of Georgia, St. Simons Island is a lovely vacation spot and inviting location to paint, boasting beautiful beaches, Southern Oaks, draped with Spanish moss, antebellum plantations, Fort Frederica National Monument and the St. Simons Island Lighthouse.

Schedule of Events

Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Anderson Fine Art Gallery is the proud host of the 2017 Eastern Exhibition Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Or by Appointment

Wednesday, November 15

1:00 p.m. Plein Air Competition Officially Begin

St. Simons Island and the surrounding Golden Isles are the perfect location for artists. There will be a two-day competition that begins on Wednesday afternoon and ends on Friday afternoon. Remember to bring your plein air equipment and cameras.

All paintings must be framed and wired for hanging 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!

*Please Note: The plein air competition & sale is open to OPA members only. Non OPA artists may apply for membership onsite in order to participate.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration Packet Pick-Up
Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ 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. Don't forget!

  • An OPA or Anderson Gallery representative must officially stamp canvas prior to painting
  • Maximum canvas size not to exceed 320 square inches.
  • Paintings must be framed and wired for hanging in order to be in the competition & sale.
  • Only OPA artists who have paid the registration fee are eligible to participate in the plein air
    competition & sale.
  • Non-OPA members may register to attend all events, but will not be eligible to participate in the competition & sale
  • Painting locations will be available when you pick up your registration packet.

Thursday, November 16

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration Packet Pick-Up Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ 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 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Artists' Dinner at Georgia Sea Grill Location: 407 Mallery Street, St. Simons Island
Cost: $$$ - Attire: Island Casual

Reservations have been made at one of the finest seafood restaurants on St. Simons Island. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual checks will be issued. Space is limited to the first 25 individuals so be sure to e-mail Mary Anderson at the gallery asap to reserve your spot at mand@mindspring. Or, call the gallery at 912-634-8414.


Friday, November 17

8:00 a.m. to Noon
Registration Packet Pick-Up Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ OPA Tent

It is not too late to compete in the plein air competition as long as the painting is wired, framed and turned in no later than 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Painting Demonstration with Marc Hanson OPAM Location: On location - TBD

Marc began college as a biology major, but soon applied to and was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, majoring in illustration. After Art Center and a brief stint as a staff illustrator in Sacramento, California, Marc moved to Minnesota where he lived for 33 years while raising a family and pursuing his art.

Marc teaches landscape painting workshops in many locations nationally. "I love working with other painters in t heir pursuit to better their craft. My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach them how to more closely examine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters
must follow to become effective visual communicators."

11:30 a.m.
Lunch Break! Location: TBD
Cost: $ Attire: Casual - come as you are!

After watching Marc Hanson, grab a quick bite to eat with fellow artists and friends - this is a casual lunch so come as you are! We will determine the place as soon as we have an idea of how many artists to expect.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Artists' Painting Competition Deadline Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery @ OPA Tent

Framed and wired paintings must be turned in to Anderson Fine Art Gallery between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be eligible for the competition.

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception & Awards Presentation Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Please join us for an evening of fun and celebration as we take in the beautiful paintings that comprise this year's Eastern Regional Exhibition. As always, we expect this exhibition to be of the highest caliber. Awards will be announced at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 18

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Painting Demonstration with Howard Friedland OPA Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery at Artists Annex Gallery

OPA Signature artist Howard Friedland currently resides in Bozeman, Montana with his wife artist Susan Blackwood OPA. He studied fine art and commercial art at New York's High School of Music and Art and went to college at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in the department of Art and Architecture in New York's Greenwich Village. Howard has studied painting with Ned Jacob, Michael J. Lynch, Mark Daley, Laura Robb, William Schultz, Robert Kuester, Charles Reed, Carolyn Anderson, Mitch Billis, Scott Christensen and most recently with Matt Smith.

He has been featured in many art publications including American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. He has painted, taught and exhibited extensively in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, Florida, Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and China. His work has won numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Medal Award at OPA's National Exhibition in 2008.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break - on your own!
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Painting Demonstration with Katie Dobson Cundiff OPA Location: TBD

Katie Cundiff OPA acquired an early appreciation for the fine arts, drawing, and painting, under the tutelage of artist parents. Early works resulted in scholarships from National Scholastics Magazine and the Croatian Fraternal Union, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts and Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. A love of the out of doors combined with painting has produced numerous awards and recognition in plein air events. Her work also includes still life, figurative, and wildlife, and has been featured on apparel and print for Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, The Billfish Foundation, Safari Clubs International, and Gulf Coast Conservation Association.

In addition, Cundiff has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine, American Artists Magazine, Southwest Art, and at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture in Sebring, Florida. Juried exhibits and awards include those from Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Oil Painters, and American Impressionists.

5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Plein Air Competition Award Reception Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
6:30 p.m. Artists' Dinner at Sea Palms Resort Location: Sea Palms Resort, 5445 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA Cost: $40 (includes tax and gratuity)

Time to sit back and relax with fellow artists and friends and enjoy a wonderful dinner at the lovely Sea Palms Resort. Guests will have the option to select from one of three entrees: southern grilled pork loin with whipped sweet potatoes, cheese/herbs stuffed chicken breast with roasted potatoes, or chef's fish in a beurre blanc, and basmati rice. All entrees include salad, freshly baked bread, iced tea/coffee and chocolate cake for dessert. (Cash bar for alcoholic beverages and soda)

Sunday, November 19

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Thanks for Coming Breakfast!

Owner Mary Anderson wants to thank all the artists and guests for making this event so special! Coffee, juice, muffins and fruit will be served.

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Painting Demonstration with John Michael Carter OPAM Location: Anderson Fine Art Gallery at Artists Annex Gallery

John Michael Carter OPAM first began his studies in drawing at the age of 15 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 Art 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.


OPA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Sea Palms Resort located on St. Simons Island, GA, and 1.2 miles from the gallery. Rooms must be reserved prior to October 16th or until the block is full. This is the same weekend as the RSM Golf Classic at Sea Island and very, very busy so do not wait to make a reservation.

Sea Palms Resort
5445 Frederica Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Phone: 800-841-6268

    Rates are as follows:
  • Double/double Deluxe: $155.00
  • Executive Studio - King: $175.00

There is an additional daily resort service fee of $5.00. Complimentary parking and unlimited wireless internet access. Be sure to identify yourself as an -OPA- participant to receive this special rate.

Registration Information

RegistrationFee: Pre-Registration-$35 On-SiteRegistration-$50

Full Registration fee includes participation in the plein air competition and all painting demonstrations. Bottled water, sodas and light snacks will be provided; however, meals are not included in the registration fee. Unfortunately, we cannot charge for individual sessions.

Registration is NOT required to attend the Eastern Regional Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017, or the Plein Air Competition Awards Reception on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Advanced Registration Deadline by MAIL is Monday, November 6, 2017 or ONLINE by Friday, November 10, 2017.

Cancellation/Refunds: A refund is allowed if a written request is sent to OPA headquarters by Friday, November 10, 2017. No refunds are made after this date. OPA assesses a $25 administrative charge for all returned checks. NO refunds will be issued onsite or for failure to attend.

How to Register Online

Click Here to register online and pay via credit card.

How to Register by Mail

To register via mail, please complete the form below and mail to Oil Painters of America, PO Box 2488, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-2488. Remember, your registration must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 6, 2017, in order for OPA to process your registration prior to the show.

On-Site Registration

Artists who prefer can register on-site and pay the $50 registration fee beginning Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Registration times are listed below.

Wednesday, November 15
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery
@ the OPA Tent

Thursday, November 16
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery
@ the OPA Tent

Friday, November 17
8:00 a.m. to Noon
Anderson Fine Art Gallery
@ the OPA Tent

Saturday, November 18
8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery
@ the OPA Tent


A close international airport:

Step By Step
  • Get on I-95 N from Dixie Clipper Dr and Airport Rd.for 7 minutes (3.0 mi)
  • Follow I-95 N to GA-520 E/US-17 N in Glynn County. Take exit 29 from I-95 N for 39 minutes (47.8 mi)
  • Continue on US-17 N to your destination in Saint Simons Island for 20 minutes (15.3 mi)