2018 Western Regional Exhibition

2018 Western Exhibition in Boulder, CO

Oil Painters of America Presents The
2018 Western Regional Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils

OPA's 2018 Western Regional Exhibition is being hosted by Mary Williams Fine Arts, located in Boulder, Colorado, September 7 through October 6, 2018. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Boulder is an inviting city on the outwash plain of Boulder Creek. The area offers over 8,500 acres of mountain parks, including a multitude of recreational activities such as hiking and zip lining. The Fiske Planetarium presents laser shows while the Boulder History Museum gives insight into the local city history and period details. The hand-carved, hand-painted Dushanbe Teahouse is a traditionally decorated Tajik teahouse that was presented as a gift to Boulder by its sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as a symbol of peace and global friendship. Driving about 30 miles northwest of Boulder you will find the majestic Rocky Mountains. Or driving southeast of Boulder you enter the nearby, mile high city of Denver, with its many attractions. Mary Williams Fine Arts is hosting an opening reception on Friday, September 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the awards presentation at 6:30 p.m.


Mary Williams Fine Art is the proud host of the 2018 Western Exhibition in Boulder, CO.

Gallery Hours
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p. m. Plein Air Painting at Private Boulder Estate Location: Meet at Mary Williams Fine Arts at 8:30 a.m.
for carpooling and directions to the estate
Cost: $15 for deli style lunch - pay on-site

Thanks to our gallery host Mary Williams, OPA artists will have the opportunity to paint at one of Boulder's beautiful private estates where you will find an unobstructed view of the flat irons, amazing gardens throughout the property including a secret little lake and pond. Lunch will be served at Noon Note: Because this is a private residence we are limited to the first 25 artists who register to attend. We also need to carpool to limit the number of cars on the property.

Please meet at the gallery at 8:30 a.m. for directions and help in organizing rides to the estate. Gamsol will be provided but be sure to bring everything else you need to paint! There are restrooms on the property.

6:00 p.m. Artists' Dinner at The Mediterranean Restaurant Location: 1002 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO.
Phone: 303-444-5335
Cost: Individual checks will be provided

For more than 20 years, the locally owned 'Med' has been offering a menu that brims with Italian, Spanish, French, and Greek cuisine. The extensive menu boasts tapas, fresh salads and seafood, paella, pastas, grilled and organic specialties, wood oven pizzas and house made desserts. OPA guests will order from the menu and pay by individual check.

Friday, September 7, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Painting Demonstration with OPA President
Kurt Anderson OPA
Location: Mary Williams Fine Arts
Kurt Anderson OPA

Kurt Anderson is an oil painter who works in many genres - figurative, portrait and landscape, but he is best known for his floral paintings. These paintings have won him top honors with the Oil Painters of America, the Salon International and the Open Market National. He also won Grand Prize in International Artist magazine's Floral Painting Challenge.

Anderson received his primary artistic education with four years in the traditional atelier (or studio system of training) under the well-regarded Minneapolis artist Richard Lack. Anderson received his BA in studio art from the University of Arizona, where he also received a master's degree in accounting.

Anderson is represented in many major collections and galleries. His 20-foot mural "Prairie Sky" is on permanent display at the library of Iowa State University. Anderson's official portrait commissions range from the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court to the president of Iowa State University.

Articles about Anderson have appeared in The Artist's Magazine, International Artist, Australian Artist and Southwest Art Magazines. He has been featured in seven books and is author of Realistic Oil Painting Techniques (North Light Books).

Since 2010 Anderson has been on the Board of Directors of the Oil Painters of America, and currently serves as its President.

Noon Artists' Lunch at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Location: 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302 Cost: Individual checks will be provided Phone: 303-442-4993

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is considered one of Boulder's most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere. Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. Attendees will order from the menu and pay by individual check.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception & Awards Presentation Location: Mary Williams Fine Arts

Please join us for an evening of fun and celebration as we take in the beautiful paintings that comprise this year's Western Regional Exhibition. Awards will be announced at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. "Up Close and Personal" with Juror of Awards
Mike Desatnick OPA
Location: Mary Williams Fine Arts
Mike Desatnick OPA

Join OPA President Kurt Anderson for an informative interview with this year's Juror of Awards Mike Desatnick OPA. Mike has led a very exciting life as an artist and is eager to share some stories and impart some words of wisdom to those interested in hearing it! Raised in Indiana, Mike Desatnick, after a decorated tour in Viet Nam, began his art career completing his education at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois. He was invited to join the faculty at the American Academy where he was an award-winning instructor for six years. His paintings of Native Americans show great sensitivity and empathy with his subjects. Based out of his home/studio in a picturesque setting in Colorado, Mike also enjoys painting other subjects including still life's, market scenes, interiors and the various people and cultures of his travel experiences.

Saturday, September 8 - continued

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Art Critique with Mike Desatnick OPA and Kurt Anderson OPA Location: Mary Williams Fine Arts

Listen as Mike Desatnick OPA and Kurt Anderson OPA critique a few pre-selected paintings to discuss what works well and what might work better.

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - on your own!
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Painting Demonstration with Kelli Folsom OPA Location: Mary Williams Fine Arts
Kelli Folsom

Kelli Folsom is an academically trained artist working exclusively from life in oils. She creates museum quality paintings combining an old master feel with rich color and painterly brushstrokes. Kelli is an award-winning artist who at a young age is already exhibiting in museum shows and garnering attention and inclusion in some of the highest organizations in contemporary representational art like Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, American Impressionists Society and Women Artists of the West. She received a B.F.A. from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT, the first impressionist colony in the U.S. established in 1899. It is here that she studied traditional life drawing, painting and sculpture with great emphasis on in depth study and classical techniques and the joy of working in a direct impressionist style in nature.


OPA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites located in Boulder, Colorado, about a 10-minute drive from the gallery. Rooms must be reserved prior to Wednesday, August 15 or until the block is full. Do not wait to make your reservation as rooms are limited and this is a very good room rate for Boulder at this time of year.

Embassy Suites Boulder
2601 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, CO. 80302
Phone: 1-303-443-2600

Room Rates:
Double: $140.00 + tax
King: $140.00 + tax

Includes a daily made to order breakfast and a nightly reception of beer, wine and
hors d'oeuvres ($30 value), and unlimited wireless internet access. Parking: Valet $20 Self $15. Note: There is also limited street parking available. Be sure to identify yourself as an "Oil Painters of America."

For your convenience, we've created a map of some of hotels near the beautiful Boulder area.


The closest international airport servicing Boulder is Denver International Airport, a 45-minute drive from Boulder.

Registration Information

Please email Rosemary Murray to let her know if you will be coming to this year's Western Regional Show. Be sure to let her know if you want to be included in the dinner and/or lunch and if you will be bringing a guest and the name of your guest! Email her at mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com or by phone: 815-356-5987.

Important addresses you need to know!

Mary Williams
Fine Arts
5311 Western Ave., Suite 112
Boulder, CO. 80301
Embassy Suites Boulder
2601 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, CO. 80302
The Mediterranean Restaurant
1770 13th Street
Boulder, CO. 80302
The Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street
Boulder, CO. 80302