Marc Hanson, “Them Winter Blues,” oil, 22 x 48 inches (Gold Medal)

The Oil Painters of America are currently exhibiting an amazing selection of paintings in Saint George, Utah, for their 2017 Western Regional Exhibition. The organization also recently revealed who Juror William A. Schneider chose for several coveted awards.

The picturesque community that is Saint George, Utah, is the beautiful setting for this year’s Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Exhibition. Now through December 9, selected paintings are on view at Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Authentique Gallery of Art & Design, and The Mission Gallery.

Anna R. Bain, “Silent Snowfall,” oil, 36 x 30 inches (Gold Medal)

This year, the Juror of Awards was the nationally known master William A. Schneider, whose works have received numerous honors and been featured in publications and national and regional exhibitions, including the OPA regional exhibitions.

Steve G. Atkinson, “Dirty Work,” oil, 30 x 40 inches (Silver Medal)

Schneider had the pleasure of awarding two Gold Medals in the Master Signature and Associate Divisions. Artist Anna R. Bain received the Gold Medal in the Associate category for her gorgeous painting “Silent Snowfall,” while the well known Marc Hanson took Gold Medal Honors in the Master Signature Division for “Them Winter Blues.” Steve G. Atkinson’s “Dirty Work” was the Silver Medal winner in the Associate/Signature Division while “Game Trail” by Mary Ann Cherry was the Bronze Medal winner.

Mary Ann Cherry, “Game Trail,” oil, 20 x 40 inches (Bronze Medal)

Two Awards of Excellence were awarded in the Masters Division, earned by Robert Johnson’s “Taos Trapper” and Nikolo Balkanski’s “Nathalia.” Other Awards of Excellence included Suzie G. Baker’s “Orient/Santa Fe Line,” James E. Tennison’s “Spanish Walk,” Derek W. Penix’s “Koi Pond,” Rachel Pettit’s “Edge of Dawn,” Beverly C. Boren’s “Tea and Oranges,” Lyn Boyer’s “Last One Up,” “Just after Sundown — Monterey” by Patricia Clayton, “September Light” by David A. Vollbracht, and Kurt Anderson’s “Co-op Studio Recchio.”

To learn more, visit the Oil Painters of America.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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