East Coast Con­ver­gence

The an­nual Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica Eastern Re­gional Ex­hi­bi­tion opens Oc­to­ber 28 at McBride Gallery in An­napo­lis, Mary­land.

American Art Collector - - Artist Focus - Yel­low Spring

Each year the Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica hosts a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing their na­tional show and two re­gional events. Its next Eastern Re­gional Ex­hi­bi­tion will hap­pen Oc­to­ber 28 through Novem­ber 25 at McBride Gallery in An­napo­lis, Mary­land. On view will be nearly 120 juried works by as­so­ciate and sig­na­ture mem­bers of the group that high­light the tra­di­tions of oil paint­ing within clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions. Mas­ter mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion are also in­vited to sub­mit pieces, with 13 artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s show. The group has the goal of assem­bling “the finest dis­play of rep­re­sen­ta­tional oil paint­ings. The fo­cus in the ju­ry­ing process will be to se­lect paint­ings that show the high­est qual­ity in drafts­man­ship, colors and com­po­si­tion, em­pha­siz­ing di­ver­sity in

rep­re­sen­ta­tional style and sub­ject mat­ter.” This as­sort­ment of art­work cre­ates an al­len­com­pass­ing ex­hi­bi­tion that ap­peals to the vary­ing tastes of col­lec­tors.

Still lifes on view will in­clude Ester Wil­son’s Prom­ise and An­gela Camp­bell’s The Chicken or the Eg­g­plant?, while fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings in­clude Con­ver­sa­tion at the Fortress by Wil­liam Rogers and Pat Wat­tam’s Guitar­man. There also are a num­ber of land­scapes in the show, in­clud­ing the dock scene Paint­ing the Tug­boat Red by James Swan­son, as well as Yel­low Spring Creek by Steven S. Walker and Lo­cal Color Down by the River by Karen Ann Hitt.

In Walker’s paint­ing

Creek, the artist de­picts the edge of a creek that shows its colors and re­flec­tions as light bounces off its sur­face. The rolling wa­ter in the back­ground bil­lows with en­ergy, while the still­ness of the wa­ter in the fore­ground presents a serene calm­ness, yield­ing a unique jux­ta­po­si­tion of el­e­ments.

To kick off the show, McBride Gallery will host the open­ing re­cep­tion on Oc­to­ber 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Dur­ing the event will be the awards pre­sen­ta­tion at 2 p.m., where the win­ners of this year’s prizes will be an­nounced. Serv­ing as the awards judge is Mas­ter mem­ber Kathy An­der­son.

5Steven S. Walker, Yel­low Spring Creek, oil on panel, 24 x 30"6Karen Ann Hitt, Lo­cal Color Down by the River, oil on linen, 20 x 16"7Pat Wat­tam, Guitar­man, oil, 20 x 16"7

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