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 February 2017

February Paint Out
Members and guests stayed on both Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island during the February paint out. Tina Bohlman, OPS president, reports that the event was well attended and some really good paintings happened during the weekend.

                          Group Dinner on Bolivar


Upcoming Events

In March we trek to Big Bend National Park and then break for Plein Air Southwest and Kenn Backhaus workshop in April. In May we’ll look for spring flowers in Ennis TX before the hot summer break. September takes us to the river and town square in Llano TX. In October we venture to a new and exciting location, Eureka Springs AR, where we will be in time for beautiful fall colors. November ends our paint-out year in Waxahachie TX.  

Big Bend National Park – Mar. 6-11
Ennis TX – May 5-6
Llano TX – Sep. 14-16
Eureka Springs AR – Oct. 16-21
Waxahachie TX – Nov 9-11

If you have an idea for a destination, your suggestions are welcome; also, if you would like to host or help organize an event, please let Irma Ward know:

Please see details and register for each of these on the "Events" page of the website.
A reminder about the email confirmation when you register: Please open and read your confirmation. The complete itinerary to the paint out is in that email.

Member News

Nancy Boren was featured on the Texas Portrait Network blog as 2017 Texas Top Ten. Gay Sekula is the Texas Ambassador. Texas Portrait Network

Dina Gregory will present a pastel demonstration at the Ellis County Art Association on March 6.

Peggy Immel, has a  two-person show, New Mexico Tapestry, opening Friday March 3, at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe NM, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Her oil paintings of New Mexico will be featured along with the work of sculptor, Michael Tatom. The gallery is located at 125 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe NM.

Lynn LaRose received Second Place in the Juried Plein Air Competition at Rice art Gallery in Kansas.

Suzanne Morris won Best Cityscape in the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters association annual members show Cityscapes 2016 at the Peale Museum in Baltimore MD in December. She was also juried into the Winter Park Plein Air Festival in April in Florida and the Colorado Telluride Plein Air Festival in July.

Jeane-Pierre Jacquet was juried into the American Impressionist Society Small Works show in Costa Mesa CA. Jean-Pierre’s name was listed wrong in the January Plein Talk.


OPS members accepted in the Oil Painters of America 26thAnnual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils include the following: Suzie Baker, Nancy Boren, Lon Brauer, Kim Carlton, Jane Chapin, John Cook, Mark Farina, Kaye Franklin, Diane Frossard, Michael Holter, Ann Larsen, Kyle Ma, Bob Rohm, Jason Sacran, Patrick Saunders. See the exhibit at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati OH, May 12-June 10.
OPA Show 

To share your acceptances/awards, email pakingsbury@aol.com



Paint Historic Waxahachie May 6 - 14 - Call for Entries! 

Entry Deadline is April 1 for Pre-Paint Opportunity (see prospectus). artists participating must agree to paint on location for minimum of two days during the official painting period May 6 through May 14. The event is sponsored by Ellis County Art Association and includes cash and merchandise awards. There will be an exhibition and sale of paintings at Art on the Square, 113 West Franklin, Waxahachie TX, 75165.  Tina Bohlman is the event coordinator, 972-937-3414 or admin@elliscountyart.net

Below is the link to the website for  prospectus and online entry:
Paint Historic Waxahachie 


Remember, OPS members may
list their workshops on the OPS website. Email your information to:  OPS email

Laurel Daniel

April 28-29 (Fri. & Sat), En Plein Air: Field Studies, 9 am – 4 pm 
The Contemporary Austin, Art
School at Laguna Gloria, Austin TX

March 30-April 1 (Thurs.-Sat.),
En Plein Air: Strong Starts,
9 am-4 pm
Anderson Fine Art Gallery,
St. Simons Island GA
Email: mand@mindspring.com
Phone: 912-634-8414
Anderson Fine Art Gallery

Cecy Turner

April 25-28 – Watercolor – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Sponsored by Central Texas Watercolor Society (CTWS), Waco TX - at Carleen Bright Arboretum, Bosque and Estates Dr., Woodway TX.

For more information, contact: Cheryle Chapline, 




There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values. David G. Myers, Social Psychology

Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling? M.C. Escher

Reality is always the dowdy sister to Fancy. Dr. Idel Dreimer

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein

This issue:
· Event Report
· Opportunity
· Plein Air Southwest News
Event Images

Bolivar/Galveston Paint Out
Thank you to Lynn LaRose and Marchita Priestfor the photos.

Marchita Priest 

Myrrh Haslam 

Margaret Lowenberg 

Tina Bohlman 

Henry Prikryl

Joan Bohls

Jeanne Reavis

Gail Greenoe, Night

Gail Greenoe, Day

Lynn LaRose

Larry LaRose at Lunch

Dinner, Last Night of event
Gary Frisk, George Rhys, Margaret Lowenberg, Myrrh Haslam, Jeanne Reavis, Lynn LaRose, Gail Greenoe, Tina Bohlman, Marchita Priest

Dinner at Stingaray
George Rhys, Myrrh Haslam, Margaret Lowenberg, Fran Ellisor and Husband, Herman Jones, Nancy Tyler

Bolivar Group Lunch
Mrs. Brauer, Lon Brauer, Gary Frisk, Margaret Lowenberg, Nancy Tyler, Tina Bohlman, Jeanne Reavis, George Rhys, Myrrh Haslam

Check out the Showcase page on the website
for even more photos!

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