2018 Eastern Regional Exhibition

Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in Saint Simons Island, GA, from Nov. 17 - Dec. 16, 2017

Presents The 2018 Eastern Regional
Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils

OPA's 2018 Eastern Regional Exhibition was hosted by McBride Gallery, located in Annapolis, Maryland, October 28 through November 25, 2018. Annapolis offers a wide variety of things to do while visiting one of the nations most historic and charming cities. You might consider visiting the Annapolis Maritime Museum, housed in the last remaining oyster packing plant, or the Maryland State House with the largest wooden dome in the United States. Annapolis is the home of the US Naval Academy which offers a tour that includes two beautiful, large Tiffany windows. The William Paca (signer of the Declaration of Independence) home is a Georgian mansion with a reconstructed 18th century pleasure garden. City Dock is the historic heart of Annapolis, on the waters of Chesapeake Bay, where one can take a leisurely trip on a tour boat around the harbor. McBride Gallery is hosting an Artist's Coffee & Preview on Friday, October 26 and a Wine Tasting and Art Preview on Saturday, October 27. The Opening Reception was on Sunday, October 28, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the awards presentation at 2:00 p.m.

Schedule of Events

McBride Gallery was the proud host of the 2018 Eastern Exhibition Annapolis, Maryland.

Gallery Hours
Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 26

9:00 a.m. Artist's Coffee & Preview Location: McBride Gallery

Grab a cup of coffee as you stroll through this year's exhibition. Take a minute to introduce yourself to gallery owner Cynthia McBride who has been in the business for over 40 years and has earned a stellar reputation among artists and collectors alike.

10:00 a.m. Plein Air Painting in Downtown Annapolis Location: On Your Own!

Thank you for bringing your paints because the picturesque and historic city of Annapolis was an overabundance of subject matter that kept you painting all day long! From cobblestone streets and historic buildings, the State Capital, and Naval Academy to sailboats in the harbor, you wanted to capture this beautiful and vibrant seaside town. OPA provided Gamsol.

3:00 p.m. Plein Air Painting Informal Critique Session with
John Michael Carter OPAM

Meet at the City Dock in downtown Annapolis (weather permitting) where John Michael Carter OPAM provided an informal critique of paintings done during the day.

5:30 p.m. Dinner at Blackwall Hitch Location: 400 Sixth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403 Phone: 410-263-3454 Cost: $55 per person (includes tax and tip)

Saturday, October 27

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Painting Demonstration by Juror of Awards
Kathy Anderson OPAM
Location: McBride Gallery
Kathy Anderson OPAM

Kathy Anderson OPAM has been painting for most of her adult life. In recent years she has truly found her voice and has developed the ability to see and translate the colors of the natural world to canvas with sensitivity that few possess. In 2001 an invitation to join a group of painters under the tutelage of the renowned artist Richard Schmid renewed and revitalized her work and began a period of intense focus and rapid growth. Painting for these last 7 years with Schmid, his wife Nancy Guzik, and the group which has become known as the Putney Painters has provided invaluable support and inspiration.

The vision that she bestows on us with every brush stroke comes from a lifetime of intimate contact with nature. Along with her passion for nature and the interconnectedness of the natural world she is also an avid gardener and spends many pleasurable hours close to the flowers that she paints so magnificently. This close contact with her favorite subject provides her with not just a structural knowledge of flowers but a true love for the flowers, weeds, soil and detritus of a natural, healthy garden.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch at McGarvey's Saloon and Oyster Bar Location: 1804, 8 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-263-5600
Cost: Individual checks were provided

Guests were able to select from the following 5 sandwich menu options: Chesapeake Crab Cake on a brioche roll (Market Price), Oyster or Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich ($14), Turkey Club ($14), Herb Marinated Chicken Sandwich ($14) or Chicken Caesar Salad (GF w/o croutons). Drinks are extra.

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration by John Michael Carter OPAM Location: McBride Gallery
John Michael Carter OPAM

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 is the Immediate Past President of OPA.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wine Tasting & Preview Location: McBride Gallery

Come relax, have a glass of wine and chat with your fellow artists. A perfect time to get a closer look at the paintings in this year's exhibition.

Sunday, October 28

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Walking Tour of Annapolis Location: Meet at the City Docks Cost: Adult - $20 pp Limited to 15 people
(Please note: the tour was roughly a 2 mile walk around Annapolis)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Opening Reception & Awards Presentation Location: McBride Gallery

Thank you for joining us for this year's Eastern Regional Exhibition at McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. The caliber of the exhibition was as always, impressive and should not have been missed. Awards were announced at approximately 2:00 p.m.