2017 Eastern Regional Exhibition

"Sunrise on St. Simons" by Bert Cash, Cropped from original.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in Saint Simons Island, GA, from Nov. 17 - Dec. 16, 2017

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

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.

Juror of Awards: Howard Friedland OPA

Howard Friedland was born in Bronx, New York; lived in Miami Florida, Albuquerque and Taos New Mexico and now resides in Bozeman, Montana with his wife artist Susan Blackwood. He studied fine art and commercial art at New York's High School of Music and Art. He went to college at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in the department of Art and Architecture in New York.

Howard has studied oil painting with Ned Jacob, Michael J. Lynch, Mark Daley, Laura Robb, William Schultz, Robert Kuester, Charles Reed, Carolyn Anderson, Mitch Billis, Scott Christensen, Matt Smith and Joshua Clare.

Oil Painters of America inducted Howard as a Signature Member into their organization in 2003. He recently was the winner of the Second Place and the Artist's Choice Awards at the American Impressionist Society National Show.

Friedland won First Place in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Fall Online Showcase Signature Member Division.

In 2008 Friedland was honored to receive the coveted National Award of Excellence "Best of Show" First Place at the 17th annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. He has also received the Award for Best painting by a Signature member from that prestigious organization.

Howard has also been awarded the Best Landscape medal at the "Icons of the West" show at the Dana Gallery in Missoula Montana.

He and his wife and their studio in Bozeman Montana have been featured in numerous art magazine articles including the June/July 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine. Art of the West Magazine and American Artist Studio Edition.

Howard has painted, taught and exhibited extensively in numerous states in the U.S. as well as Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and China. Friedland's work is featured in many private and corporate collections around the world including museums in China. Howard was invited to join renown Chinese American artist Zhiwei Tu and several prominent American and Chinese master painters to paint and exhibit large plein air paintings created in China in 2011 and 2014.

He has a teaching DVD, "Painting the Landscape Loosely but Accurately" released this year from Bella Muse Productions. A list of awards and accolades can be provided by emailing Howard Friedland

Artist Statement

"The challenge for me is always to see the world with fresh eyes and respond spontaneously to the beauty before me. It's possible to lose the impact of my initial vision out of doors due to the continually changing light. For this reason I strive to capture as quickly and accurately as possible the visual sensations that I have of the subject. I study the color relationships and try to note them as best as I can. Back at my studio I use these "on the spot" studies for larger paintings. I also take some photos for additional information, however I'm careful not to copy the photograph (too much information could dilute my first impression). Therefore, I also have to rely on my memory to recall the mood that I wanted to express." "Some painters prefer to render a picture tightly to a literal level of finish. However I prefer to paint only enough for the viewer to get a clear vision of what the subject is and suggest the rest. When the painting is viewed close up you can see the many colorful brush strokes, as you step further away the brush strokes disappear and your eye pulls the whole painting together. That is what the magic of painting is about for me. This allows the viewers to use his or her own imagination and participate in the painting".


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.

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

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


Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Anderson Fine Art Gallery is the proud host of the 2017 Eastern Exhibition Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Or by Appointment

Friday, July 28

Deadline for on-line submissions.

Friday, August 25

Notification posted on the OPA website.

October 30 - November 3, 2017

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

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 - December 16

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

December 19 - 22

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


Oil Painters of America has reserved a small block of rooms at the Sea Palms Resort on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 800-841-6268 and reference the Oil Painters of America.

    Rates are as follows:
  • Double/double Deluxe: $155.00
  • Executive Studio - King: $175.00
  • One Bedroom Suite -
    Double/Double $205.00

All guest rooms are subject to 7% sales and 5% occupancy tax and a $5.00 transportation tax and $5.00 resort fee. Parking and internet are free. 2 outdoor swimming pools and access to fitness centers. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.


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