OPM made a commitment this year to sponsor a $100 "Best Sense of Place" award for each of Minnesota's four plein air competitions: Grand Marais, Duluth, Aitkin, and Red Wing. The award is for the painting that best captures the instantly recognizable spirit of a place painted in the competition. Awards are administered by the sponsor. Here are three of the summer's award winners so far:
Grand Marais Plein Air is coming up in September.
OPM used its grant from Art Shanty Projects to offer a painting workshop with renowned Minnesota painter-instructor Mary Pettis. It was a spectacular day, filled with invaluable information and individual critiques. We hope to offer workshops to members on a quarterly basis if a grant for the purpose is awarded. Keep your fingers crossed; we'll find out in June.
Mary wowed us with this demonstration of painting water based on a hypothetical scene described by a participant. She painted this from her imagination in just a few minutes..... then wiped it away.
OPM is thrilled to join Art Shanty Projects again by deploying plein air painters during the art festival on ice on weekends in February. We received a performance grant to schedule three 90-minute Quick Paint demonstrations and invite painters to depict the scenes throughout the event. Here's a clip of the scene on the sunny but cold afternoon of February 13.
We had a fantastic week of winter painting again this year, our seventh. Here are some photos from our expeditions and pop-up exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Visit OPM's Facebook group to see more paintings and pictures, and save the dates for next year! January 22-27, 2017.
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