Exhibition: September 28 – October 22, 2021
Reception: Thurs, Sep 30, 5:00-7:00
The premier exhibit will feature over 110 of the finest representational oil paintings. OPA is the first national organization founded for the sole purpose of representing traditional, representational oil.
Artists, collectors and art enthusiasts will find an unparalleled collection of traditional oil paintings representative of the high quality of work being produced by the nationally and internationally acclaimed group of oil painters in this exhibition. OPA’s membership is comprised of over 3,500 artists from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Over the years, OPA’s exhibitions have garnered a reputation for being one of the premier art shows in the country.
The awarding juror will be respected OPA Signature member and Sarasota resident, Katie Dobson Cundiff. Her focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter. The awards include a $4,000 Best In Show.
The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, September 30, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the awards presentation in person at 6:00 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. On Friday, October 1st, Katie Dobson Cundiff will lead a 2-hour painting demo at the ArtCenter.
Juror: Katie Dobson Cundiff OPA
Recognized for her bold and confident brushwork, Katie Dobson Cundiff is one of Florida’s best-known impressionist painters. Born in Chicago in 1950 to artist parents, Katie began painting at an early age and was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship in 1968 to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, she and her husband founded a decorative accessory design business and later expanded to include a chain of retail art galleries featuring their exclusive work. A later venture was a business centered around wildlife art apparel printing with clients including Ducks Unlimited, the Wildlife Federation of Florida and the Gulf Coast Conservation Association. Through the sale of Katie’s designs, hundreds of thousands of dollars were contributed to these organizations. In 2000, Katie began to focus exclusively on her oil painting, with an emphasis on plein air, or outdoor, landscape work. She entered her first plein air competition in 2004 and, in 2009, returned to painting and teaching full-time. In addition to her own workshops,
Katie is an adjunct Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design. Katie is a member of, and has exhibited with, many respected regional and national art organizations. These include The Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Painters and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. She has won numerous awards for her work and is represented in both public and private collections.