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 June 2017

Summer is Here
Enjoy your summer and make plans to attend the upcoming paint outs

From the OPS Board

SAVE THE DATES! MAY 21-26, 2018

The annual Plein Air Southwest juried membership show is changing from a gallery exhibition to a Six-day competition paint out event in Rockport TX! The cities of Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Pass, and Port A are our paint out destinations! Rockport Center for the Arts will host the exhibition and awards reception. Speaking of awards, the cash awards are increased from $12,000 to $15,000 and we anticipate up to $15,000 in sponsors’ merchandise certificates. We are still finalizing the exhibition details with the art center but in the meantime, we wanted to share this exciting news. The judge (to be announced) will lead a three-day plein air workshop in Rockport, May 27-29.

A more detailed announcement will be emailed to membership later this summer.

Upcoming Events

Summer is flying by. We’ve already passed the solstice and September will be here before you know it. Don’t forget to sign up for the paint out in Llano TX (September 14-16), rooms are booking fast. You won’t want to miss out.  It may be hot, but there’s plenty of water for cooling off. Join us for three days of fun in the sun.

Just one month later we will venture to Eureka Springs (October 16-21). The scenery will be quite different from our southwest landscapes. You won’t want to miss this one. The weather will be cooler and the fall colors will be splendid in October. There is something for everyone in Eureka Springs. Sign up today.

In November 10-11 we head back to town for a paint out in Waxahachie TX. Just a short drive from Dallas and Ft. Worth, this quaint town has a wonderful town square, lots of paintable Victorian houses, and rolling hills in the countryside. This event is not quite ready for registration as we are working on some exciting new things for our members. Look for an announcement in a few weeks. 

In the meantime, have a great summer.

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

Jane Chapin won Honorable Mention in the landscape category of the Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, New York. The show will travel to the Museo De Arte Moderno in Barcelona, Spain. The opening is September 23.

Julie Davis was accepted into 2017 American Women Artists' Tucson Desert Art Museum Show and The Western Art Collection of Ken Ratmer at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine TX. Julie will judge the 2017 Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event (KOPE) in Kerrville TX. 

Ann Hardy received Best of Show at the Richardson Art Show at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The painting was acquired by Richardson Library. Ann was also accepted into Texas and Neighbors, National Old Post Office Museum Art Center (two pieces), and the Fort Worth Community Art Center (two pieces).

Susan Temple Neumann was juried into the American Women Artist (AWA) show at the Tucson Desert Art Museum in the fall.


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s 13th Annual Best of Plein Airjuried art show included OPS members Patrick Saunders, Second Place; and Jason Sacran, Honorable Mention.


In the recent Plein Air Richmond, sponsored by Brazier Studio and Gallery in Richmond VA, the following OPS members were among the award winners: Patrick Saunders (Best of Show), Jason Sacran, Lon Brauer, Tom Lynch Robert J. Simone.

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



Roy Murray passed away on June 7. He was an active member of OPS for many years. Click on the link below to see his obituary.

Murray Obituary


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




Humans who spend time in the wilderness, alone, without man-made mechanical noise around them, often discover that their brain begins to recover its ability to discern things. Robert Anderson

Art takes nature as its model.Aristotle

Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies. Aristotle

This issue:
. OPS Board News
·  Member News
·  Service Opportunity

Opportunity for Service

A group of high school art teachers are working with Willow Fork Park on hosting a first-time-ever Plein Air Painting Event  and Workshop in October for advanced painting students in Katy ISD (Houston area). They are looking for someone in OPS who might advise them on the following:

* Workshop Presenter

* How to build/obtain inexpensive easels suggestions

*Possible list of jurors they could contact

Please call 281-396-2271 if you can help.

Willow Fork

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