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Oil Painters of America 2017 Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils
November 17, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, Georgia
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Application Dates:
May 15, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017
Application Fee:
$30.00 one painting
$45.00 for two paintings
Notification Date:
Aug 25, 2017

Dedicated to the Preservation of Representational Art

Presents The

2017 Eastern Regional
Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils


OPA is pleased to announce that the Eastern Regional Exhibition will be hosted by Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in St. Simons Island, Georgia, from November 17 through December 16, 2017.  Anderson Fine Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public with the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m.  Associate and Signature member entries canvas size may not exceed 480 square inches.

            One of four islands that comprise the Golden Isles of Georgia, St. Simons Island is a lovely vacation spot and inviting location to paint, boasting beautiful beaches, Southern Oaks, draped with Spanish moss, antebellum plantations, Fort Frederica National Monument and the St. Simons Island Lighthouse.

            Our goal is to assemble 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, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.

The total awards will be approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

The awarding juror will be an internationally renowned Signature or Master Signature member.

            Eligible states and provinces include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Artists must be either a 2017 OPA paid member or have submitted an application for membership for 2017 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition.   Artists whose residency is in question must provide OPA with documentation certifying meeting residency requirements.  See Bylaws Article II L on-line for definition of residency requirements.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

Oil Painters of America and Anderson Fine Art Gallery will not be responsible for loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause.  By submitting artwork to this exhibition, each artist will be deemed to have concurred with this agreement.  Artists pay for shipping both ways.  We suggest that you provide insurance to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.

James Bruce, Signature Member and OPA Board Member, will serve as chairman of a Jurying Committee consisting of five Master Signature or Signature members of OPA.  The results of the jurying will be final.  No refunds will be made on unaccepted entries.

 Good Luck and Good Painting

General Information

FINAL ACCEPTANCE:  Online submissions:  Friday, July 28, 2017

· Representational oil paintings of original concept and design only.

· Paintings entered must have been painted in the last 3 years and should not have been accepted into a previous OPA Regional or National Exhibition.

· Canvas size: maximum size not to exceed 480 square inches (unframed).

       Example: 20” (height) X 24” (width) = 480 square inches.

· Painting must be framed and wired for hanging.

· Gallery wrap is acceptable, providing the painting extends and covers all four sides of the gallery wrap.  Painted frames are not acceptable.

· Maximum entries two (2).  However, only one (1) painting can be accepted.

· The artist retains copyright to his/her image(s).  However, accepted images do become part of OPA archives and may be used for future OPA event promotion.

· Paintings created in an instructional setting, including, but not limited to workshops and art classes are not considered original artwork.

· All work must be for sale and reflect the artist’s current pricing structure.  No NFS.

· Pre-sales permitted through Anderson Fine Art Gallery at the contracted commission rate of 60%/40%.

· Artists who are citizens of the U.S., Canada or Mexico are eligible to participate.  Nonresident aliens who reside in the U.S., Canada or Mexico are also eligible provided they have lived in the country for a minimum of 8 months.

· An artist who withdraws an entry after acceptance into the exhibition shall not be eligible to enter any OPA exhibition for the two succeeding years.

Entry Information

On-line Submissions — Deadline: Friday, July 28, 2017

Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 15, 2017 through Friday, July 28, 2017.  Images should be between 1400 and 4000 pixels at the largest dimension.  Specific details on how to prepare your image properly can be found at http://www.juriedartservices.com.  Click on the “Help” tab.

To submit your electronic application, please go directly to:      

http://www.juriedartservices.com and look for OPA’s 2017 Eastern Regional Exhibition.

Jurying Fees

The jurying fee for electronic entries is as follows:  one painting is $30.00 or $45.00 for two paintings.   Only one painting can be accepted.  Electronic payment may be made by credit card or through Paypal.  No e-checks will be accepted.  Jurying fees for on-line submissions may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, July 28, 2017.


You must be a paid member through December 31, 2017 at a cost of $70.00.  If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2017 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, July 28 or 2) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are postmarked no later than Friday, July 21, 2017.  More membership information may be found on the OPA website, http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com, under the Member Services tab.

Sales Commission

Sales commission of 40% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold.  Please take this into consideration when setting your price.  All work that is submitted must be for sale.   No NFS.  Paintings must be priced in accordance with the artist’s current pricing structure.  Pre-sales permitted through Anderson Fine Art Gallery at contracted commission rate of 60%/40%.

Delivery and Return of Accepted Work

Delivery for Local Artists:  Deliver uncrated paintings to Anderson Fine Art Gallery, 3309 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island, GA, from October 30 to November 3.  Hand delivered work must be picked up between December 19 and 22, 2017.

 Out of Town Artists: ship to Artists Annex Studio, 100 Sylvan Drive, Suite #170, St. Simons Island, GA  31522 to arrive October 30 to November 3.  Handling Fee:  Out of Town artists must include a $25 check payable to Anderson Fine Art Gallery to cover the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, re-crating and contacting your shipper for return.  In a separate envelope include the appropriate return shipping label with your personal Fed Ex or UPS Account Information.  Shipments from OUTSIDE the US must be shipped “FREE DOMICILE” or will not be accepted.  OPA will waive the uncrating fee for artists who use a commercially manufactured artist’s/strong box such as a StrongBox™ by Airfloat Systems, or a similar brand, like Masterpak.  StrongBoxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show at the artist’s expense.    Artists who do not use one of these special boxes are still required to send the $25 uncrating fee.

Notification of Results:  Participants should check the OPA website after August 25 for the jurors’ selections.

Calendar Checklist

Friday, July 28

Deadline for on-line submissions.

Friday, August 25

Notification posted on the OPA website.

October 30 to November 3

Out of Town Artists:  artwork to arrive at:   Artists Annex Studio, 100 Sylvan Drive, Suite #170, St. Simons Island, GA  31522.

October 30 to November 3

Local Artists: deliver artwork to: Anderson Fine Art Gallery, 3309 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island, GA, during normal gallery hours.

Friday, November 17

Opening Reception: for collectors, artists, family, friends, press and public: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

November 17 through December16

Length of time show will be open for viewing.  See below for gallery hours.

December 19 - 22

Local Artists: remove paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Sunday: Closed


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