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 May 2017

Ennis Paint Out
While a number of members attended the May paint-out, not many of them "got together". Reports came in that they were painting but didn't see anyone else. It's always wise to check cell numbers of those who are registered to attend. Then you can connect while on location.


Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar for the remaining paint out events. 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.  


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

Carol Devereaux has been juried into the National Oil and Acrylic Society spring online International Exhibit

Robert J. Simone won First Prize in the 4thAnnual Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Tequesta FL in March.

Ann Rogers won a Merit Award at Associated Creative Artists Annual Awards Show and a Merchant Award at Richardson Civic Art Society. Both shows will be up until the end of May.

Lawrence Rudolech won two First Place awards in recent plein air events. One in New Harmony and one in Knoxville TN. He also won Second Place in Galveston's Affaire d'Art.

Cecy Turner won First Place in the Associated Creative Artists Annual Awards Show. The exhibit will hang at Artists Showlace, 15615 Coit Road, Dallas, until May 30. She also won Judge's Choice Award in the Richardson Civic Art Society Annual Juried Exhibit at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.


Marble Falls TX Paint the Town 2017 winners included OPS members: Gary Frisk, Second Place; Debra Latham, People's Choice.


The 32nd Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibitionfeatured the following OPS members:
Tina Bohlman, Third Place in Water Media
Lynda Conley, Best of Show
Henry Prikryl, Second Place in Oil


Paint Historic Waxahachie winners included the following OPS members:
Steve Miller, Best in Show
Kelly Pennington, First Place
Olivette Hubler, Second Place
Kent Brewer, Third Place
Tina Bohlman, This Place Matters Award
Honorable Mention: Liz Bonham, Henry Prikryl, DeBob Jacob, Gail Greenoe, Lynn LaRose


The 2017 En Plein Air TEXAS event, October 21-29, announced participants. Four artists were specially invited after winning prizes in 2016. They include OPS members Jason Sacran (2016 Grand Prize Winner) and Patrick Saunders (2016 Second Place Award Winner),

In addition to the 2016 award winners, OPS members include Tina Bohlman, Lon Brauer, Fran Ellisor, John Lasater, Richard Sneary, Gregory Summers, and Sherri Thomas.


We were saddened to hear of the passing of James Black. James was an active and respected member of OPS before he became ill. You may read his obituary at the following link:
James Black Obituary


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


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

Carol Devereaux opened a studio/gallery, Studio D, in North Dallas. Ongoing open 
drop-in portrait sessions on Tuesdays, for more information email 
DallasstudioD@gmail.com. Space is also available for workshops/gallery shows.




It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly. Claude Monet

(submitted by Mary K. Forshagen

This issue:
·  Event Report
·  Member News
·  Sympathy
Event Images

Thank you to Jody Martin for the one Ennis paintout photo.

Michael Gillespie


Kelly Pennington, at the Paint Waxahachie event

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

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