‘The Buena Vista Social Club’
16×20 – oil on linen panel, Cafe Taberna, Havana, Cuba
2018 OPA Salon Exhibition – June 22nd – Traverse City, Michigan
Thank you Judge of awards Roger Dale Brown OPAM for selecting ‘Havana Nights’ for an OPA Award of Excellence! ‘Havana Nights’ will be showing in the OPA Salon Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan – June 22nd through September 2nd. I’m also honored to have been invited to the Masters Competition for the Inaugural Paint Grand Traverse Invitational. It will be particular fun since Traverse City, Michigan was my home town for many years and I haven’t seen those beautiful big lakes for over a decade!
Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Exhibition
Thank you to PAPNM for putting on a great event, to Sorrel Sky for hosting the show in their fabulous space and to judge of awards Stephen Day for honoring both ‘The Gaging Station’ – Best of Show and ‘Classical Gas’ – Honorable Mention in Oils. Congratulations and thank you to the collectors who came to enjoy the opening and to the new owners of ‘Havana Blues’ and ‘The Gaging Station’. We couldn’t do what we do without your patronage and support!
OPA National Exhibition – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Those of you who have mentioned wanting to see ‘Last One Up’ in person come on up to the OPA National Exhibition in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado June 1st through September 3rd!
Thank you to the staff at Steamboat Art Museum and to the Oil Painters of America for a beautiful opening night for the 27th Annual National Exhibition.
Thank you Richard Galusha of the Wildhorse Gallery for the Plein Air Division Award of Merit for ‘Young Win’ in the Wet Paint Sale event!
10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
I’m very excited to have been invited back to the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art! Each Year, a group of artists gather at Grand Canyon National Park for the Celebration of Art presented by Grand Canyon Association. Proceeds from the event go toward a fund to establish a permanent art venue at Grand Canyon. It’s a A unique opportunity to view and purchase high-quality Grand Canyon art, features a juried art competition and show; Plein Air artists painting on the rim; and a Quick Draw event. Lodging fills up quickly so make your travel plans early.
Cuba: Plein Air Magazine Publisher’s Invitational – March, 2018
Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta – May 4-18 2018
Steamboat Springs, CO: OPA 27th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Oils – June 1 – September 30, 2018
Durango, CO: Workshop – June 19-21 2018
Traverse City, MI: Paint Grand Traverse Invitational – August 12-18 2018
Grand Canyon, AZ: Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Invitational – September 8 – 2018 through January 21, 2019
Escalante, UT: Workshop – Escalante Canyons Art Festival – September 20 2018
Escalante, UT: Workshop – Escalante Canyons Art Festival – September 30 – October 1 2018
Moab, UT: Workshop – Red Rock Arts Festival – October 4-6, 2018
Sedona, AZ: 14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival – Oct 13-20, 2018
A little more history on ‘Last One Up’ – I ran, literally, up and down the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon – sticking to the canyon wall when necessary and crouching under rock ledges…waiting…for this painting that was already in my minds eye. The loyal, sturdy mules who are born into a life of doing endless trips packing gear and people – from top of the canyon to bottom and back again – day after day – amaze me.
Juried Painting: OPA National Exhibition – June, 2018
Award of Excellence: OPA Western Regional 2017 – Judge of Awards, William Schneider
Best Western: Plein Air Salon June/July 2017 – Judge of Awards, Thomas Schaller
Honorable Mention: OPA Summer Online Showcase 2017 – Judge of Awards, Louis Escobedo
2017 WRAP UP
The 9th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art was a highlight of the season. The event ended with a Quick Draw and auction dedicated to funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim that will preserve and showcase the spectacular art collection owned by Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon Association with an exhibition at the historic Kolb Studio. Thank you Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine for awarding ‘Hope’ the Collector’s Choice Award!
The season wrapped up with a stunning event at Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah. The OPA Western Regional show coincided with the ribbon cutting and opening of Illume Gallery which now joins Mission and Authentique galleries. Thank you Oil Painters of America and awards judge William Schneider for the Award of Excellence for ‘Last one Up’!
Also, thanks to Escalante Canyons Art Festival and judges for awarding the plein air painting ‘Bounty’ Best of Show for 2017. To Red Rock Arts Festival and judges, Bryan Mark Taylor and Clive Tyler for awarding the plein air painting ‘Yellow Rafts’ First Place – Oils, the plein air painting ‘Beyond’ First Place Deadhorse Point Quick Draw and to my fellow painters thank you for awarding ‘Love the Corner’ Artist’s Choice – Moab Downtown Quick Draw!