JOHN POTOTSCHNIK FINE ART

OPA Wet Paint Competition award winners

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It was a great honor and privilege to be asked to judge the Oil Painters of America Wet Paint Competition last week. The annual event, part of OPA’s National Juried Exhibition, is always a popular event. Over a two day period, during the national event, artists are invited to create paintings outdoors, on location, before their subject, and submit one of their creations for judging.

Originally this important event was to take place in May at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, but due to the ridiculous circumstances of this year the event was cancelled. Eventually, OPA and Hanna Gallery decided to proceed with a September event. The physical show and convention are now in the books, and the Salon and Wet Paint Competition award ceremonies became virtual events. What a total shame. I would have loved to make these presentations in person.

Because of the current situation, the Wet Paint Competition was expanded this year to include a Plein Air, Studio, and an Open Division. Plein Air, as stated above, was for those works done entirely outside before the subject. Studio works were created from life in the studio. The Open Division was open to all international artists and non-OPA members. All paintings had to be completed totally from life without use of photography.

I had just over 200 entries to consider. The following are all the award winners. ENJOY.  (Click images to enlarge)

Plein Air Division

(First Place) – Stephanie Amato – “Windswept Morning” – 12″ x 9″

(Second Place) – Leonard J. Mizerek – “Breaking Light Over Boothbay Harbor” – 12″ x 16″ – Oil

(Third Place) – Elizabeth Pollie – “They Call Her Mackinaw” – 18″ x 18″ – Oil

 

Studio Division

(First Place) – MaryBeth Karaus – “Roses are Pink” – 12.5″ x 20″ – Oil

(Second Place) – Suzie Baker – “That’s the One” – 20″ x 16″ – Oil

(Third Place) – Jeremy Goodding – “Diamond Echo” – 18″ x 16″ – Oil

 

Open Division

(First Place) – Haidee-Jo Summers – “The Crab Hut, Wells-next-the-Sea” – 16″ x 20″ – Oil

(Second Place) – Vicki Norman – “Let There Be Light” – 14″ x 11″ – Oil

(Third Place) – Luis Gustavo Sanches dos Santos – “Good Energies” – 15.75″ x 11.75″ – Oil

(Award of Excellence) – Kathleen Gray Farthing – “Hint of Fall” – 14″ x 18″ – Oil

(Award of Excellence) – Karl Terry – “Last of Summer, Rye” – 24″ x 24″ – Oil

 

Awards of Excellence (Plein Air/Studio Divisions)

Blair Atherholt – “The Turning” – 8.5″ x 14″ – Oil

Yun Wei – “Silent Night” – 24″ x 20″ – Oil

Daud Akhriev – “Walls of San Sebastian, Salamanca” – 19.5″ x 24″ – Oil

Mostafa Keyhani – “St. Catharines, Ontario” – 12″ x 9″ – Oil

Charles Young Walls – “Statuette with Roses” – 24″ x 18″ – Oil

Rusty Jones – “Pond Reflections” – 11″ x 14″ – Oil

G. Gregory Summers – “Guard N Gate”- 16″ x 20″ – Oil

Marc Hanson – “Up Flow” – 18″ x 36″ – Oil

Mary Hoffman – “Kristin in a T-Shirt” – 14″ x 11″ – Oil

Lori Putnam – “Morning Courthouse” – 14″ x 18″ – Oil

Johne Richardson – “Arrangement in Orange and Green” – 12″ x 16″ – Oil

Kathie Odom – “Mountain Grocery” – 12″ x 20″ – Oil

Stacy Barter – “In Full Bloom” – 10″ x 20″ – Oil

Jing Zhao – “Chapel Creek” – 9″ x 12″ – Oil

Krystal Brown – “While You Wait (Mel’s Country Cafe, Spring, TX) – 12″ x 16” – Oil

Mary Qian – “Resting” – 24″ x 18″ – Oil

Ming Qin – “Life Study” – 14″ x 18″ – Oil

Amanda Lovett – “Under Cover” – 12″ x 24″ – Oil

Poppy Balser – “Vine Ripened” – 15″ x 12″ – Oil

Christine Lashley – “Butler Pond, Silver Light” – 11″ x 14″ – Oil

Lynn Boyer – “The Bird Watcher” – 9″ x 12″ – Oil

 

My sincerest congratulations to all the winners. If you would like to view the awards presentation and my comments on all the winning pieces, please click HERE.

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