Magazine article Southwest Art

Outdoor Painters Society Show

Magazine article Southwest Art

Outdoor Painters Society Show

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Southwest Gallery, April 5-May 10

LANDSCAPES, BUILDINGS, figures, and florals are the subjects of paintings exhibited during the Outdoor Painters Society's Plein Air Southwest Salon this month. Eighty-two artists have created more than 200 works for the juried show at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, which runs from April 5 through May 10. A ceremony featuring cash and merchandise awards takes place during the opening reception on April 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show is directed by OPS signature member LaNell Arndt, and this year's juror of awards is landscape painter Jill Carver.

"We have artists from coast to coast and all points in between," says OPS president Tina Bohlman. "While most of the paintings feature outdoor subjects, the show has evolved into an exhibit of works painted in the moment from life. Most works are completed in a single painting session and are characterized by the bold use of color and the freshness of paint application."

The exhibit includes paintings by a number of OPS signature members, such as John Pototschnik, who won Best of Show in last year's exhibit. Among Pototschnik's four paintings in this year's show is THE RED GATE. While people are absent from this intimate woodsy landscape, painted during a muted, gray day, their presence is suggested by the fence post and red gate next to it. "I enjoy creating paintings of the America we all love," Pototschnik explains. "I try to paint in a way where people aren't needed, but the farms, roads, and structures speak of humanity."

While the landscape around McKinney, TX, does not inspire OPS signature member John Cook, the architecture is endlessly fascinating. …

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