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Na­tional Oil & Acrylic Pain­ters So­ci­ety

The Na­tional Oil & Acrylic Pain­ters’ So­ci­ety’s 28th an­nual Best of Amer­ica ex­hi­bi­tion kicks off Septem­ber 13 at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincin­nati with an as­sort­ment of sub­ject mat­ter and styles to suit the needs of col­lec­tors. The show, which fea­tures 130 works and will be judged by artist Adam Clague, will present a re­cep­tion on Septem­ber 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., giv­ing col­lec­tors the first chance to view the show and meet par­tic­i­pat­ing artists.

Among those with works in this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion are Joe Anna Ar­nett, Mitch Caster, Kath­leen Cen­cula, Kath­leen De­nis, Lee Al­ban and Cynthia Feustel.

Al­ban will present Earth and My­self are of One Mind, a work from his series de­pict­ing Western land­scapes merged with pho­tographs from the past that look as if they’re from the same lo­ca­tions. “In my paint­ings I strive to pay homage to the Na­tive Amer­i­cans who oc­cu­pied lands be­fore the western ex­pan­sion of the U.S.,” says Al­ban. “I trav­eled through­out the West to find land­scapes to paint, and I lo­cated vin­tage pho­tographs of Na­tive Amer­i­cans to su­per­im­pose as Trompe l’Oeil paint­ings over the land­scapes. In this way I sym­bol­i­cally re­turn the spir­its of the peo­ple to their na­tive lands. As an ad­di­tional trib­ute, I re­searched Na­tive Amer­i­can say­ings and used them as ti­tles for the paint­ings.”

An­other out­door view is De­nis’ painting Warmth of the Sun. “My in­spi­ra­tion for this scene came as I turned the cor­ner of a nar­row Key West street and no­ticed the in­tense light fall­ing upon this charm­ing old cot­tage, cre­at­ing vi­brant col­ors and in­ter­est­ing shad­ows,” De­nis ex­plains. “When look­ing for a scene I of­ten think about what evokes thoughts of ‘imag­ine be­ing there’ and this scene typ­i­fies that de­scrip­tion.”

Caster blends the out­doors with the fig­u­ral in Amaiz­ing Day, which was in­spired by a scene he pho­tographed while at a friend’s north­east­ern Colorado farm and vine­yard. “Be­fore leav­ing, I pho­tographed my mu­si­cian friend Elle in the corn. It was amaz­ing how her light skin and blue dress looked against the green corn­stalks and match­ing blue sky,” he shares. “I was ex­cited to get back to the stu­dio and paint this scene.

She just seemed the per­fect ar­range­ment of color and ges­ture. She was like an all Amer­i­can girl from the heart­land. It was the last time I saw Elle be­fore she moved away to Ge­or­gia.”

Decades ago, Ar­nett started her gar­den by dig­ging out rocks and clay and bring­ing in dirt one wheel­bar­row at a time. It now has 40 an­tique rose bushes, and she of­ten en­joys her morn­ing cof­fee there. “That’s how Break­fast with Roses be­gan,” she says of her ju­ried still life. “The day was too beau­ti­ful to work in­side, so I set up the ar­range­ment out­side in the gar­den. The roses were com­pleted the first morn­ing. The rest fol­lowed over a few days. The har­mony was na­ture-made. I just fol­lowed work­ing to keep the joy in the painting through­out.”

Best of Amer­ica will hang through Oc­to­ber 14.

1Kath­leen De­nis, Warmthof the Sun, oil, 14 x 11"2Mitch Caster, Amaiz­ingDay, oil, 30 x 20"3Lee Al­ban, Earth and My­self are of One Mind,oil, 24 x 30"4Joe Anna Ar­nett,Break­fast with Roses,oil, 24 x 30"

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