The day that Oil Painters of America announced the artists accepted for the 25th Annual National Show was certainly not one of my happier days. Scanning through the list, my name was not to be found. Having been accepted for the National on a regular basis, the 25th was particularly important because it was near home and was being held in the gallery that represents me. So, it was definitely a difficult pill to swallow. However, to dwell on the loss would be selfish as there are probably 1800 other artists that didn’t make the cut either. What is one to do? Continue to work hard, keep the head up, and never settle for anything but one’s best.
All was not lost however, OPA asked me to conduct two 1.5 hour interviews during the four-day convention. The first was with my friend, Jeff Legg, an OPA Master Signature artist. It was a time to investigate Jeff’s art journey: Background, Career, Painting Motivation, Process, Sage Advice, and Goals.
The second interview immediately followed. Five very serious art collectors made up the panel. An interesting tidbit…if one was to combine each of their collections into one, there would be over 680 works of art assembled. “The Art of Collecting” focused on three areas: 1) Understanding the Mind of an Art Collector, 2) Preferred Methods of Researching and Purchasing Art, 3) The Artist/Collector Relationship.
I’ve been promised recordings of these interviews. If I receive them, I hope to share over time key points from each interview.
The 25th Oil Painters of America National Show and Convention held at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, May 12-15, had something for everyone…informative lectures, painting demonstrations, plein air competition, interviews, silent auctions, raffles, meals, new and renewed friendships, good deals on art supplies, AND AWARDS. It was the awards that everyone was interested in…about $100,000 worth…the top prize being thirty-thousand.
I came away from the convention inspired to try some new things, and filled with appreciation for new acquaintances made and friendships confirmed.
Here are some photos from this fantastic event.
In addition to the many awards given the night of the reception, attendees were also treated to some excellent painting demonstrations during the convention.
Thanks to Gary Frisk for providing some of the photos for this article.
There you have it…a wonderful event. Inspiring indeed. Please stay tuned to this blog post. I will be conducting interviews in the future with some of these special artists.
John Pototschnik is an Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master
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