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Bolivar & Osage Beach, MO
Multiple locations, October 10-December 12

Cheng Lian, In Splendid Attire, oil, 30 x 24.

Cheng Lian, In Splendid Attire, oil, 30 x 24.

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s Best of America exhibit brings together oil and acrylic painters from across the nation. The event begins with a ticketed banquet on Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. with artists in attendance for the dinner and awards presentation. The show runs from Sunday, October 11, to November 1 at the 
Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar, MO, and then moves to the Vine Wine Bar & Gallery in Osage Beach, MO, from November 7 to December 12. Each location hosts a reception on opening night.

The show features one painting from each of the 110 participating artists and covers a multitude of styles and subjects, including landscapes, portraits, cityscapes, western scenes, and wildlife. “This is the silver anniversary for us, and it’s a big one,” says NOAPS president Hebe Brooks. “We have some really great art this year from established and emerging artists.” The group’s mission is to encourage the budding artist, whose quality is exemplary yet whose name may not be as well known, with the Best of America show being the first major national show for many up-and-coming artists. “There’s a lot of talent out there, but if shows always accept the same artists, then those who also have tremendous talent will never be recognized,” Brooks says. “It’s very important to open the doors to new talent, and that’s what we do every year. They’re emerging artists, but they’re outstanding ones.”

Participating artists this year include Essex Garner, Lee Alban, Tony D’Amico, Donald Curran, Sarah van der Helm, Ann Hardy, David Salerno, Janice Anthony, Laurie Tietjen, Susan Hotard, and Amy D. Leung. A special paint-out on October 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. offers exhibiting artists and local artists alike a chance to commingle and create works on site. “This time we have two categories, for the Best of America participants and locals who want to participate,” says Brooks. “We’ll have separate awards for the two categories—it’s a 
community event.” —Joe Kovack

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