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August/September 2017

Upcoming Events

The Llano TX paint out is coming up soon (Sep 14-16). According to the weather folks, it looks like fair and cooler weather during the paint out. If you haven’t registered, now would be a good time.  Rooms in the area are going fast.

The October 16-21 paint out in Eureka Springs AR will be here before you know it. Because of events in and around Eureka Springs, be sure to book your rooms ASAP (and register with OPS). Irma recently did some scouting in this beautiful area and she advises those who plan to attend to watch for revisions to the itinerary.

As a reminder, the November 10-11 paint out is in Waxahachie TX. This charming town is a must paint location.


Plans are in the works for paint out events in 2018. Be sure to save the dates; you won’t want to miss these. Here is a sneak peak at the schedule:

January 26-27 – Glen Rose TX

February 16-17 – Plano TX

March 15-17 – Waco TX

April 12-14 – Tyler, TX (at Diane Frossard’s ranch)

September 10-15 – Grand Canyon (south rim)

October 18-20 – LaGrange TX

November 9-10 – Corsicana TX

Click here for event details: Event Details

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

Tina Bohlman was accepted in the Women Artists of the West 47th National Exhibition at McBride's Gallery in Annapolis MD Nov 5-
Dec 3.

Liz Bonham was accepted into the following: NOAPS Best of America Show 2017 at Castle Gallery, Ft. Wayne IN, October 16-November; the Women Artists of the West 47th National Exhibition at McBride's Gallery in Annapolis MD Nov 5-Dec 3.

Jeannie Breeding was accepted into the 47th Annual Women Artists of the West Juried Exhibition to be held at McBride Gallery, Annapolis MDNovember 5-December 31. She was also accepted into the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition to be held at Illume Gallery of Fine Art in Saint George UT from November 10- December 9.

Ann Hardy had two paintings accepted into the Bosque Arts Classic. The Show runs from September 4-25. She also won Best of Show at the Richardson Eisemann Center and the painting becomes the property of the Richardson Library.

Holan Holmes won Best of Show at the 2017 Plano 125 Juried Exhibit.

Michael Holter participated in the following recent exhibits: Wyoming Watercolor Society (Best of Show),  Red River Watercolor Society (Bronze Award), Texas Watercolor Society (Merchandize Award), National Watercolor Society Member Show, Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, Breckinridge Juried Art Show. His work will also be included in the following upcoming shows: Southwestern Watercolor Society, Bosque Art ClassicWatercolor West. Michael will have a one-man show at the La Cima Club, Los Colinas TX through October. In addition, in the spring, Michael was Juror for the Mid-Southern Watercolor Society in Little Rock AR, the Texas and Neighbors Show in Irving TX, and the Watercolor East Texas Show in Nacogdoches TX.

Susan Temple Neumann is accepted into the American Women Artist show October 13-December 3 in Tucson AZ.


The Oil Painters of America 2017 Eastern Regional Exhibiton is scheduled for November 17-December 16, at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery, Saint Simons Island GA. OPS members included are the following: Lon Brauer, John P Lasater IV, Jason Scaran, John Schlier, Robert J. Simone, Sherri Thomas.


Oil Painters of America 2017 Western Exhibition will be at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Saint George UT, November 10-December 9. OPS members included are the following: Suzie Baker, Beverly Boren, Lyn Boyer, Jeannie Breeding, Rick Delanty, Michael Holter, Richard Prather, Susan Temple Neumann.

To share your acceptances/awards, email Peggy at:

Signature Membership

The OPS Board of Directors will accept applications for Signature membership through September 15. Information and instructions for application is in Members Only section of the OPS website.
Signature Membership Application



Remember, OPS members may list their workshops on the OPS website. Email your information to:  outdoorpainterssociety@gmail.com



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Mary Todd Beam

My sun sets to rise again.Robert Browning

So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cyclone ends. The sun returns; the lofty coconut trees lift up their plumes again; man does likewise. The great anguish is over; joy has returned; the sea smiles like a child. 
Paul Gaugin


This issue

· Upcoming Events
·  Member News
. President Tina Letter

Letter from Tina

Dear members:

The damage to Rockport and surrounding area is substantial but one thing that Harvey did not "blow away" was the strength, resolve, and heart of the Texas coastal communities! I'm sure you are all wondering about our Plein Air Southwest 2018 scheduled at the Rockport Center for the Arts next May. For now, we are leaving plans in place. Much of Rockport's art patron base for events is drawn from a wide area including Corpus Christie and that's been evident in Facebook posts by RAC with the support of art and artists by the art center in Corpus. If Rockport can pull together a base of operation and gallery space, (I think they are committed to that by the end of the year.) we'll have a successful event. It's important to note that our event will be contributing a percentage of our sales to the art center, so our paint out can be considered as a fund raiser as well. Yes, a lot of our favorite places to paint may no longer be there but there will always be sunrises, sunsets, the beach and gulf water. I'm sure the fishing boats will be there too. A lot of us like the ship repair yards and they'll be full of subject matter for sure. As far as sales, let's think positively. There will be a lot of new homes with blank walls that will need original art! Personally, I welcome the opportunity to "document" the recovery and revitalization in a more painterly way. We will keep you in the loop as things progress. For now, keep our neighbors on the coast in our thoughts and prayers.
Tina Bohlman

PASW 2018

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 destination! 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.

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