Oil Painters of America Exhibit and Art of the Animal Kingdom

The Oil Painters of America (OPA) will hold its 23rd National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils at The Bennington Center for the Arts, June 7 – July 27, 2014. Artists, collectors and art enthusiasts will find an unparalleled collection of traditional oil paintings representative of the high quality of work being produced by professional oil painters today. An opening reception will be held for artists, collectors, the public and press on Saturday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

OPA’s membership is comprised of 3,400 artists from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Over the years, OPA’s National Exhibition has garnered a reputation for being one of the premier art shows in the country receiving just over 2,000 submissions each year for consideration. Of those, only two hundred artists are selected to be a part of this exhibition. Total awards for this year’s National Exhibition are expected to exceed $75,000, including a $25,000 Gold Medal award.

The public is invited to view these exceptional works of art throughout the exhibition period. All pieces in the exhibition are for sale. Gallery will be open every day but Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is requested.

In addition, painting demonstrations and other educational events will take place throughout the opening weekend beginning Wednesday, June 4 through Sunday, June 8. The public is welcome to attend these ticketed events but should register in advance. Demonstrations and lectures will be given by such distinguished artists and art professionals as Daniel Keys, Charles Movali, Zhiwei Tu, Kristen Thies and the editor of Southwest Art Kristen Koerth.

To register online or to preview the paintings, visit our website at www.oilpaintersofamerica.com or call (815) 356-5987.

In addition to the OPA National Exhibition, others exhibitions and sales on view this summer include Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX with Special Guest Artist Rosetta, Impressions of New England, the Small Works Show, Portraying the Human Spirit and the sixth annual Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Brian Blood.

The Bennington Center for the Arts is a non-profit gallery located on Vermont Route 9 West(44 Gypsy Lane). For more information call (802) 442-7158 or go to the website at www.TheBennington.org.

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