2021 Western Regional Exhibition in Wichita, Kansas

2021 Western Regional Exhibition

image courtesy of Mark Arts

Oil Painters of America's 2021 Western Regional Exhibition is being hosted by the Mary R. Koch Arts Center (Mark Arts), located in Wichita, Kansas, October 15 through November 27, 2021. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the awards presentation in person at 7:00 p.m.

Mary R. Koch Arts Center (Mark Arts)

Gallery Hours
Free Admission
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - Monday
Closed

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 15

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration by President Suzie Baker OPA Location: Mark Arts, 1307 NH Rock Road, Wichita, KS

In recent years, Suzie has gained national acclaim, earning a stellar reputation for her versatility as both a plein-air landscape artist as well as a studio painter of still lifes, figurative works, and portraits. In fact, in the Art Renewal Center's 13th International Salon, she was recognized in both the Plein Air and Figurative Categories, which is a truly remarkable achievement. Among the many other awards, she's received recently are Best in Show and Artists Choice Awards at the Outdoor Painters Society's Plein Air Southwest (2018), Best in Show at Shadows on the Teche (2018), the Irvine Museum Award, and the Montage Award at the 2018 Maui Plein Air Invitational, an Award of Excellence from American Women Artists' Tucson Desert Art Museum Exhibition (2017), and the Artists' Choice award at the 2017 Telluride Plein Air Festival.
Her award-winning paintings have been featured in such publications as Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Southwest Art.

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception Location: Mark Arts, 1307 NH Rock Road, Wichita, KS

Please join us to celebrate the opening of this year's Western Regional Exhibition featuring 100 of today's top artists living on the Western half of the U.S. and Canada. Awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m. and live-streamed for those unable to attend.



7:30 p.m. to Late Night Late Night at Dinner at Bella Luna Café Location: 2132 N. Rock Road, Wichita, Kansas 67206 Phone: 316-634-0008

Join us for a late-night bite at Bella Luna Café where you can order Mediterranean specialties and American standards including steak, chicken, seafood entrees, and salads. Separate checks will be issued and an automatic gratuity of 20% will be added.

Saturday, October 16

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Painting Demo by Juror Jeremy Goodding OPA Location: Mark Arts, 1307 NH Rock Road, Wichita, KS

Jeremy Goodding OPA is an award-winning oil painter. Drawn to the challenge of creating his own compositions, he primarily focuses on still-life with an emphasis on light and shadow. Art has captured Jeremy's interest for as long as he can remember. No matter what stage of life Jeremy was in, he was unable to escape the desire to create beautiful paintings. Having been raised on an eastern Nebraska Farm, Jeremy has an innate connection to the land and its natural beauty. This often influences the natural look and mood of his work. Time at his easel, painting, has been Jeremy's most profound educator. In addition to this, he occasionally studies with other renowned artists. Master painters, Hovsep Pushman, Rembrandt, and Emil Carlsen have also influenced Jeremy's work. Jeremy resides in Lincoln, NE with his wife, Iris, together they have 3 grown children. Jeremy paints daily from his home and studio.

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Artists' Lunch at Redrock Canyon Grill Location: 1844 N. Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67206 Phone: 316-636-1844

Redrock offers a Southwest-style ambiance, in an upscale, but still casual, atmosphere. Entrees range in price from about $8 to $20. Guests will select off of the menu and separate checks will be provided. Please note, a 20% gratuity will be automatically added to all checks.

Registration Information

Please email Rosemary Murray to let her know if you will be coming to this year's Western Regional Exhibition and what events you plan on attending. Contact her at mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com or 815-356-5987.

Lodging and Travel Information

Hotel: OPA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Wichita, just a short drive to Mark Arts. Rooms must be reserved prior to September 26, or until the block is full.

Hilton Garden Inn Wichita
2041 North Bradley Fair Parkway
Wichita, Kansas 67206
To reserve a room please call: 1-316-219-4444 and reference Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show.


Room Rates:

Guestroom Type Guestroom Rate
Double Guestroom $104 + tax
King Guestroom $104 + tax

Rate includes complimentary parking, unlimited wireless internet access, and free breakfast.

THE LAST DAY TO BOOK A RESERVATION AT THIS SPECIAL RATE IS SEPTEMBER 26, OR UNTIL THE BLOCK IS FULL

Covid

OPA will adhere to the most recent policy set forth by Mark Arts and the CDC. Whether you are or are not vaccinated, please bring a mask, and be prepared to wear it while indoors.

Travel

The closest airport to Wichita is the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.