Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica’s an­nual Western Re­gional Ex­hi­bi­tion opens Septem­ber 7 at Mary Wil­liams Fine Arts.

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Each year Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica hosts two re­gional ex­hi­bi­tions in ad­di­tion to its na­tional show held in the spring. The goal is to as­sem­ble among the best representational oil paint­ings that show high qual­ity in drafts­man­ship, color and com­po­si­tion. The pieces are also di­verse in style and sub­ject mat­ter, mak­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion ap­peal­ing to col­lec­tors of all types of art.

The 2018 Western Re­gional Ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing ju­ried paint­ings by more than 85 mem­ber artists who re­side in the West, will take place Septem­ber 7 through Oc­to­ber 6 at Mary Wil­liams Fine Arts in Boul­der, Colorado. The show will kick off with a re­cep­tion and awards cer­e­mony on open­ing night from 5 to 8 p.m. Act­ing as this year’s ju­ror of awards will be OPA Sig­na­ture Mem­ber Mike De­sat­nick, who will view the works and make his se­lec­tions for prizes that to­tal up to $11,500, in­clud­ing a $4,000 Best in Show. The awards pre­sen­ta­tion will

get un­der­way at 6:30 p.m.

Ju­ried in the show are As­so­ciate and Sig­na­ture mem­bers, in­clud­ing John C. Mof­fitt, Nathaniel Sk­ousen and Nancy V. McTigue. Along with the artists whose works have been se­lected to ap­pear in the show, Mas­ter mem­bers from the Western re­gion are el­i­gi­ble to sub­mit works. This year nine artists will show­case new pieces— Daud Akhriev, Nikolo Balka­n­ski, Albert Han­dell, David Het­tinger, Robert John­son, Ramon Kel­ley, Calvin Liang, Craig Ten­nant and Jeffrey Watts. On view in the Western Re­gional Ex­hi­bi­tion will be ev­ery­thing from land­scapes and city scenes to wildlife and fig­ures. Mof­fitt will present his Trompe l’Oeil painting Sher­iffs Of­fice, which de­picts items of the Old West, while both Sk­ousen and McTigue will have fig­u­ra­tive works in the show. Sk­ousen’s Ini­ti­a­tion de­picts a young girl painting—and with the ti­tle, per­haps it is her first time delv­ing into the col­or­ful palette be­fore her. McTigue’s por­trait Leileinia shows a woman with a blue flower in her hair.

2Nancy V. McTigue, Leileinia, oil on linen on board, 12 x 10"

1John C. Mof­fitt, Sher­iffs Of­fice, oil on linen can­vas, 30 x 20"

3Nathaniel Sk­ousen, Ini­ti­a­tion, oil on can­vas, 20 x 16"

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