Show Preview | NOAPS Best of America

Cincinnati, OH
Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, September 14-October 13

Bob Rohm, Boat Yard, oil, 18 x 24.

Bob Rohm, Boat Yard, oil, 18 x 24.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society is skyrocketing into the future. With its membership expanding to include 750 artists from across the country, the organization’s annual Best of America show promises to include top-notch works of art. The event, now in its 28th year, opens at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art on Friday, September 14, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition was curated from 900 entries to feature just 130 works from member artists. “This is our best show yet,” says Patricia Tribastone, chairperson for the event. While some of the participating artists favor impressionism, many of the works are firmly grounded in realism. Subjects vary widely, including a host of landscapes, as well as still lifes, figures, and wildlife. Tribastone says she is looking forward to showcasing work from some of the group’s newest members, including Blair Atherholt, Joe Anna Arnett, Matthew Cutter, and Lori Putnam. “Shana Levenson is doing some fantastic work on a series of figures dressed in lace,” Tribastone adds. “And Matthew Cutter is a wonderful plein-air landscape artist.” Impressionist painter Adam Clague is the judge of awards this year. “We have many up-and-coming artists that are given equal footing in this show because you never know where the awards will go,” Tribastone says.

On the day of the opening, artist Mary Qian presents a painting demonstration beginning at 9 a.m. On Saturday, Clague presents a demonstration as well. The show also includes a new event this year in which aspiring artists bring their work to be critiqued by three of the artists in the exhibition.

NOAPS members have worked hard in the last few years to promote their mission of bringing artists and collectors together. “We have gained our reputation through the promotion of our artists, which differentiates us from other organizations,” Tribastone says. “We want them to be able to jump into the industry with both feet.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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