Multiple locations, Bolivar & Osage Beach, MO
October 13-November 20
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In 1991, a small group of arts advocates and artists—including Joseph and Rita Orr, Dennis T. Yates, and Pete (A.K.) Peterson—founded the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society. Today the organization continues to encourage and promote talented oil and acrylic painters, with a special focus on emerging artists. “We have artists representing every U.S. state, from the East Coast all the way to California, and even one or two from Canada,” says NOAPS publicity director Hebe Brooks. This October and November, the group presents its 22nd annual Best of America national juried show, featuring 110 paintings in oil and acrylic by 110 artists. The show is on view October 13-27 at Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar, MO, and November 2-20 at The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Osage Beach, MO.
The 110 paintings in the show were juried from 651 entries. “This means that only 17 percent of the submitted works made it into the show,” Brooks says. Several new NOAPS artists made the cut this year, in addition to numerous master, signature, and associate members from past shows—including K. Henderson, Derek Penix, Tom Altenburg, Donald Curran, Cheng Lian, Nancy Whitaker, and Sheryl Knight. The works on view feature a wide variety of subject matter, including figures, still lifes, landscapes, marine art, florals, animals, cityscapes, and more. As for genre and style, Brooks says, “there are a couple of paintings with abstract elements, but 98 percent of the paintings are representational, with styles that range from impressionism to photorealism, including some beautiful classical paintings.”
Without a doubt, the sheer variety in the show is what Brooks finds most exciting. “When it comes to price, this show offers a choice for the pocketbook of every type of art collector,” she says, then adds, “In essence there is something for every taste from some of the best artists in America and Canada.” —Lindsay Mitchell
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