Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica’s 27th an­nual Na­tional Juried Exhibition

Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica heads to Steam­boat Springs, Colorado, for its 27th an­nual Na­tional Juried Exhibition.

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Lo­cated on the Yampa River, Steam­boat Springs, Colorado, is a pic­turesque lo­cale that of­fers adventure and ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors to ex­plore. Its nat­u­ral beauty of­ten beck­ons artists to in­ter­pret its moun­tain­ous ter­rain. Along with artists be­ing in­s­pried by the re­gion, there is arts and cul­ture all around with sev­eral fine art gal­leries and the Steam­boat Art Mu­seum calling it home. The mu­seum was founded in De­cem­ber 2005 with the mis­sion “to col­lect, pre­serve and present fine art to the pub­lic with a pri­mary fo­cus on the cul­ture and her­itage of North­west­ern Colorado.” It has played host to ex­hi­bi­tions from some of the most lauded na­tional art or­ga­ni­za­tions.

June 1 through Septem­ber 3, the Oil Pain­ters of Amer­ica will present its 27th an­nual Na­tional Juried Exhibition of Tra­di­tional Oils at the mu­seum. The show will fea­ture works by 215 As­so­ciate and Sig­na­ture mem­bers hang­ing along­side a se­lec­tion of pieces from Master Sig­na­ture mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Among the juried paint­ings are Dar­cie Peet’s Ital­ian coun­try­side Up to Mon­tal­cino—tus­cany and the por­trait Brass Ear­rings, by Eric K. John­son, which cap­tures the spirit of his sit­ter. An­other work on view is John C. Mof­fitt’s Trompe l’oeil Wells Fargo Spe­cial.

In de­scrib­ing the paint­ing, Mof­fitt says, “The ti­tle Wells Fargo Spe­cial refers to the Colt ‘pocket pis­tol model’ re­volver, of­ten called the Wells Fargo Spe­cial, hang­ing up­side down from the lock and key to­ward the bot­tom of the paint­ing. The first take con­veys only the ob­vi­ous Western-themed Trompe l’oeil homage, but if one care­fully fol­lows the com­po­si­tion up­ward, per­haps in a modern con­text, Wells Fargo Spe­cial may re­veal some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent.”

To kick off the Na­tional Juried Exhibition an open­ing re­cep­tion will take place at the mu­seum on June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. The re­cep­tion will be im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by the awards cer­e­mony, from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. at the nearby Chief The­ater, where the 2018 winners will be re­vealed. Serv­ing as this year’s juror of awards is Craig Ten­nant OPAM, who will be­stow ap­prox­i­mately $100,000 in prizes in­clud­ing a $25,000 Best of Show.

Far left: Dar­cie

Peet, Up to Mon­tal­cino— Tus­cany, oil, 30 x 30”

Left: Eric K. John­son, Brass Ear­rings, oil, 20 x 16"

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