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 September 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Dear Members: 

We're excited to announce the OPS 2019 Plein Air Southwest competition will be in Galveston TX, in partnership with Galveston Historic Foundation and in conjunction with their annual historic Home Tour.  

Call for Entry will be emailed to all members on or before October 15.

Deadline to enter - December 16, 2018


Dates you need to know:

Mandatory orientation, canvas stamping, and check-in: Sunday, May 5. 

Official painting period: May 6, 7, 8, 9

Invitational Preview Reception:  Friday night, May 10 

Exhibition & Sale opens to public Saturday May 11-12. 

Exhibition closes May 12--pick up unsold work May 12.


Everything you need to know will be in the Prospectus. Submission and participation rules will basically be the same as PASW 2018. Event itinerary and  activities will evolve as we work with the Galveston Historic Foundation staff. 


Tina Bohlman

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Event Report                                  

“Great weather, good company, wonderful time!” That’s how OPS artists described the Grand Canyon paint out. Fifteen artists and some guests attended the event in September with a grand showing of artwork. There was sunny weather every day, except for one afternoon of brief showers (thanks to Nancy Bozeman for providing shelter during the rain). No view of the canyon was spared and some even hiked into the canyon. Many thanks to the participating artists, Kathy Duley for the excellent tour of the Kolb Studio and family residence, and to new member (and former Grand Canyon resident), Mary Lois Brown, for her guidance during our visit. We all look forward to returning to this grand location in the future.

Irma Ward

Grand Canyon Group

from left: Nancy Bozeman, Margaret Lowenberg, Mary Lois Brown, Bonnie Dunn, Mary Jo Holloman, Bridget Wolk, Olivette Hubler, Alan Hubler, Shannon Hill, Brent Hill, Don Darst, Guy Morrow, Jon Burleson

Paint Out Schedule

October 18-20 – San Antonio TX

November 9-10 – Corsicana TX

Click here for event details: Event

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:


Member News

Nancy Boren won Best of Show at the Texas Members Show of the Portrait Society of America.

Michael Holter was accepted in the American Impressionist Society 19th National Juried Exhibition to be held at the Peninsula School of Art in Door County WI and into the 50th Watercolor West International Exhibition to be held in Brea CA. Michael was also accepted into the Society of Watercolor Artists Members Show and is invited to be part of the Watercolor Honor Society of the Watercolor USA. Michael has just completed filming four paintings that will be included in upcoming DVD releases. The first will be Seven Steps to A Successful Watercolor Portrait DVD followed by a DVD on landscape. A November release is anticipated.

John Pototschnik was awarded the Silver Medal at the Oil Painters of America National Show in Steamboat Springs CO two months ago. More recently, he has received another Silver Medal, this time at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional in Boulder CO.

Jeanne Reavis was recently named to the board of the American Women Artists.

Lawrence Rudolech won Award of Excellence at the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society 28th Best of American Exhibit 2018.

Linda Snider-Ward was accepted in the National Association of Women (NAWA) Artists 129th Annual Members’ Exhibition October 6-18, 104 South Gallery, New York; and the NAWA exhibit, Coral Gables Museum of ART in Florida, November 17. She is also participating in the 2018 Plein Air on the Santa Cruz, Tubac AZ, October 30-November 4.

Cecy Turner won the Gold Award at the Estes Valley Plein Air event.


OPS members Suzie Baker (episode 92), John Pototschnik (episode 94), and Bob Rohm (episode 90) were interviewed by Eric Roads for his weekly Plein Air Podcast. Check out these informative interviews. Plein Air Podcast


Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Contest, November 10-17, on Galveston Island.

Open to any artist using the plein air technique.

Cash prizes for First, Second, and Third Place

OPS member Liz Bonham, judge

Non-profit partner, Artist Boat, famous for taking thousands of kids kayaking into the wilds of Galveston Island and painting plein air. Artist Boat

Registration open now through November 17. Call 409-370-7350, or visit

Register for Brushes by the Beach early-bird fee is $20 (non-refundable), now through November 5. From November 6-17, registration fee is $30. Pay here:  Brushes by the Beach


Paint the Town

Highland Lakes Creative Arts and the City of Marble Falls TX present Paint the Town, March 31-April 6, 2019. Early bird registration by October 12. 
HLC Arts

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Don't miss the October Mission Trail paint out.
Your OPS friends are signing up  



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

R. Gregory Summers
Outdoor painting workshop:

Oct 5-7, Saugatuck/Douglas MI
Greg Summer


Michael Holter

workshops are scheduled for Bela Vista Arkansas, Sacramento CA, Longview TX and Plano TX.

Click here for more information:

Michael Holter Workshops


Liz Bonham

11/10-11 - Judge’s Workshop for Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Competition at G Lee Gallery, Galveston TX

Call 409-370-7350 or
register here:

G Lee Gallery Workshop



Watchfulness is experiencing a sudden glimpse of something without any qualifications – just the sudden glimpse itself.

Chogyam Trungpa

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Leo Tolstoy

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber

The awareness of the ambiguity of one’s highest achievements – as well as one’s deepest failures – is a definite symptom of maturity.
Paul Tillich

Awareness can be best achieved and honed through working outside. 
Lionel Aggett

Between the periods of waking and sleeping, being conscious and unconscious, aware and unaware, so much water passes. I heavily suspect the things I see when aware, awake and conscious are merely what I want to see.
Nicoletta Baumeister



This issue:
·  President's Announcement
· Event Report 
Event Schedule
·  Member News

Event Photos

Grand Canyon Paint Out

From left, standing, Bonnie Dunn, Margaret Lowenberg, Mary Jo Hollimon, Myrrh Haslam, Mary Lois Brown, Olivette Hubler. Seated, Irma Ward George Rhys

From left, Bonnie Dunn, Nancy Bozeman, Irma Ward waiting out the rain in Nancy's truck.

Grand Canyon paintings 



Please remember to send your OPS event photos to Peggy at: pakingsbury@aol.com

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