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CALL for ENTRIES: 24th OPA Nat’l

2015 January 18

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One of the most valuable lessons of culinary school was stock-making.   It is the building block of many of my kitchen masterpieces.   My standard includes chicken, water, celery, carrot, onion, black peppercorns, garlic & parsley.  When I stray from the standards, it is a choice.  I encourage you to make a choice to enter this next Call that celebrates the preservation of a standard upon those that have strayed have built.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries for the 24th Annual National Exhibition from Oil Painters of America to be exhibited at the Brilliance in Color Gallery (St. Augustine, FL).  The show is prestigious, and awards are in excess of $80,000.  Make us proud…

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ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists residing in the U.S., Canada & Mexico

MEDIA:  Representational oil painting

DEADLINE:  January 23, 2015 

NOTIFICATION:  February 26, 2015

ENTRY FEE:  $30 for 1 or $45 for 2 (plus membership fee of $70).  More membership information can be found on the OPA website, under the Member Services tab.

JURORS:   Howard Friedland, Signature Member and OPA Board Member, will serve as chairman of a Jurying Committee, consisting of five Master Signature or Signature members of OPA.

AWARDS: The total awards will be in excess of $80,000, including a $25,000 Best In Show.

SALES:  Commission of 40% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold.

ABOUT OPA:  Oil Painters of America (OPA) is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 4,000 artists throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The mission of OPA is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by providing a forum in which artists can display their art in regional & national competitions –both online & in-galleryPlease note, OPA is a site sponsor, and a link to their opportunities can always be found in the right side-bar.

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FEATURED ARTIST: Jennie Traill Schaeffer

2015 January 17

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With the arrival of January, I finally been able to concentrate on comfort –and yearly nesting maintenance of both my literal home and second home, this blog.  My own art is still in flux and the reduction of my belongings in in full swing.  As I prepare to purposefully downsize once again, I am happy to be liberating my belongings into the hands of others who are more interested than I in owning stuff.  As you might imagine, I seem to be divesting myself of kitchen wares the slowest.  I let go of the ice cream maker this week.  But, between you and me, I did add a digital thermometer for cheese making.  I mean really, doesn’t everyone need 6 sizes of melon ballers?  Of course.

This month’s artist both celebrates and laments our kitchen icons.  Her work explores our connection to the tools of domesticity and the roles they play in defining our roles in life–real and imagine, chosen and not.  Separating me from my mixer just got harder.

Learn more about Featured Artist Jennie Traill Schaeffer! is proud to claim Jennie Traill Schaeffer as this month’s Featured Artist.  This work calls attention to how what we own speaks to who we are.  It isn’t all pots and percolators...


Jennie Traill Schaeffer


Contemporary artist Jennie Traill Schaeffer holds a BFA in Painting and Art Education from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.  She studied with painters Jerome Witkin, Gary Trento, and John Thompson while studying abroad in Florence, Italy.   Jennie received the “Hiram Gee Award,” given each year to a graduating senior painting major.

Jennie grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and comes from a lineage of happy artists (visual, musical, and performing).  She and her husband, Lee Goldberg, are happy to now call New Jersey home along with their adorable sons, Joel & Auggie–and exuberant dog, Ringo.

Perker Maestá by Featured Artist Jennie Traill SchaefferTell me about your art education–both the self-taught and the formal instruction.  “I hold a BFA in painting and art education from Syracuse University.  The technical foundations of painting I developed while in art school, but in order to continue painting in oils safely in my home while pregnant, I researched and taught myself to paint without solvents.  Over the past decade, I’ve experimented with direct painting using both brushes and knives, adjusting my style.”

How has your technique developed over the years? Does your substrate determine the texture of the final work? Do the works on paper have the same topography as the work on panel?  “A mixture of indirect and direct painting stuck with me from art school, but due to my need to remove solvents from my studio, my paint application thickened.  Now because of both time constraints in the studio due to caring for children, as well as painting mostly without a vehicle, my painting process if very direct.  However, I’ve always been attracted to the play of thick paint moving around a surface.  That visceral feeling of applying paint is one of my first memories of learning to paint.  It’s usually in the end layers when the paint is still wet and I’m able to lay in other colors, brushing in texture, when I’m happiest at the easel.  When I shift to works on paper it’s usually to switch to a drawing or printmaking medium, so that will dictate the texture of my work.”

Stainless Steel Cooker of Eggs by Featured Artist Jennie Traill SchaefferIt would seem you have a significant relationship with the kitchen. With such a prolific portfolio of cutlery, aprons, appliances & more, it has to more than just a matter of kitchen convenience.  Yes?  ‘An argument between my, then, fiancée, now husband and I.  We both love to cook, and when we were first living together and engaged, we both shared the responsibility.  He was in graduate school and I was working at an art store and setting up a studio at home.  I was trying to figure out what to paint.  After having a huge disagreement over how and when to wash our pots and pans, I painted my dishwasher, which was in view of my dining room studio.  We registered for wedding gifts, many of which were domestic kitchen appliances.  I began painting them as portraits, not sure of the meaning at the time, but attracted to their design, reflective qualities, and color.  Along the way, I realized the import of what I was painting –Icons of the Kitchen.  They are heavily marketed tools that many in my generation don’t use, but desire to have as a status symbol.  Once I was aware of this, I began donning the appliances with halos and seating them on thrones evoking references to religious paintings from the Early Renaissance.”

Master of Drink Mixing by Featured Artist Jennie Traill SchaefferSpeaking of appliance portraiture, how is it that even the spoons feel as though they are sitting for portraits?  “I love to paint portraits, but have a fear of having people sit for me and prefer to paint from life when possible.  I think the appliances fill that need for me and feel like portraits due to their scale and positioning.  They are not arranged in a typical still life grouping, but are situated on non-descript surfaces with cords and handles that have seem to suggest hands on hips. Of course the appliances seated on chairs is obvious.  In many cases, though not all, they are larger than life.”

Producing vintage-inspired work that isn’t sentimental takes a careful hand.  Both your color palate and your composition speak to a vintage perspective. Was that your intention?  “I am drawn to, have been fascinated, and sometimes disgusted by the era my parents group up in.  For the most part, I would not have wanted to be a woman during the earlier 20th century, but I appreciate the work women did in the home.  The color palette comes from the objects themselves, many of which are vintage-inspired in their design. The composition is vintage in that I am referencing older works of art.  But removing the sentimentality wasn’t intentional, and the pieces do evoke an emotional response from viewers.  I think the removal of the objects from their environment, along with the historical references maybe tames the sentimentality.”

St Perker  by Featured Artist Jennie Traill SchaefferWhat style or school of art do you think work fits into? I’ve always found it difficult to pigeon-hole my work into a particular style.  “The subject matter is Pop Art, but the intent is more a blend of Realism, Conceptualism, and a bit of Expressionism.  I want the objects to be readily understood,  and I enjoy depicting things realistically.”

But, I am striving to convey meaning or a better understanding of who I am, who wives are, who mothers are through my work.


What is your favorite food addiction?  “Pasta is my ultimate love. I grew up with a half-Italian father who has perfected an amazing spaghetti sauce chocked full of garlic, onions, a terrific balance of herbs and sausage and meatballs.”

What if your favorite snack food obsession?  “I am definitely torn between chocolate and cheese.  It’s trite, but when I’m itching for a snack and the “clean” or “healthy” option just won’t satisfy me, I look for a bag of chocolate chips in the baking cabinet or aged, extra sharp cheddar.”  Chocolate vs. cheese is a question for the ages.  And I would argue if both are high quality, they are both clean and healthy.  Eat them both.

Oh Slicer of Cheese by Featured Artist Jennie Traill SchaefferWhat’s coming up next for you?  “I have a lot of ideas that I’ve jotted down, but none fully formed yet. Thoughts of kitchen icons or relics, creating more large maestás, incorporating more collaged egg shells into paintings, making a large piece painted on a bed headboard similar to an altarpiece.”

“I’m considering attempting a small lunchtime work each day featuring lunch ingredients.” 


“Since I had my second child, 19 months ago, motherhood and art has been on my mind a lot.  This may somehow creep into my subject matter.  At the end of 2014 I created a linocut called St. Mixer of the Bags, which I printed on reusable bags.  I would like to print a limited edition on paper, and then pursue more linocuts of my work.”

Thank you, Jennie, for reminding us that we CHOOSE
both our treasures and our trammels.

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CALL for ENTRIES: New Beginnings

2015 January 16

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the rainbow

Spring is right around the corner.  I’m convinced of it.  Don’t talk to me about winter squash.  I know it is January, but I crave greens grown within the borders of my own state.  Beautiful, soft, bright chartreuse leafy salads spotted with gorgeous spots of crisp orange-y carrots–bring them on.  This next Call is interested in your thoughts about the new beginnings of Spring.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from F-Stop Magazine for their Spring Issue #70:  New Beginnings. No Entry Fee.  I’m ready for Spring–and so is F-Stop!  One of our Featured Artists made it into their last Portfolio issue.  We know YOU’LL to make us proud too…

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CALL for SUBMISSIONS:  New Beginnings


Learn more from F-Stop Magazine!ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  Photography

DEADLINE:  March 15, 2015

PUBLICATION:  April 1, 2015


AWARDS:  Selected artists/photographers will have one image published in the Spring/New Beginnings edition.

ABOUT F-Stop:  F-STOP MAGAZINE is an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers from around the world.  Each issue has a theme or an idea that the unites the photographs to create a dynamic dialogue among the artists. Founded in 2003 and published online, bi-monthly.

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CALL for ENTRIES: Downeast

2015 January 15

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food divide

Food, like language & art, is often just a matter of perspective.  When I say Eastern food, does that conjure images of Chinese take out or Carolina BBQ?  Does Western food conjure images of Tex-Mex or a California roll?  It is all perspective  For the record, MY answers would be BBQ & sushi.  To be clear, this next “Downeast” Call refers to the Carolina, but it is open to everyone.  And, now I want BBQ.  Pick me up some pulled pork if you go to the opening.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Pitt County Arts Council (Greenville, NC) for Downeast Sculpture Exhibition.  This is a multi-venue exhibit for sculpture large & small, indoor & outdoor.  A great opportunity…

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ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

MEDIA: Open to any medium (ceramics, metals, mixed media, etc.) as long as it is 3-dimensional

DEADLINE: January 31, 2015.

ENTRY FEE:  $15 for up to 3, $5 each add’l up to 6

JUROR:  Jenny Hagar is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Florida.  She received her MFA in Sculpture & Digital Media from San Jose State University. Interested in a variety of processes & materials, she finds inspiration in dreams, objects from her childhood, gadgets, sea life & other curiosities. Hager’s work has been exhibited around the world.

AWARDS: Indoor sculpture prizes: $500 1st Place, $250 2nd Place & $100 3rd Place.  Outdoor sculpture prizes: $2500 – Best in Show.  Read the full call for a complete list of awards.

SALES:  PCAC at Emerge will retain a 40% commission.

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CALL for ENTRIES: Fresh Paint Mag

2015 January 14

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of joy

Plant your onions.  No, really.  For many of us, it is already time to start your onions indoors to be able to transplants seedlings in Early Spring.  For those of you in colder zones, you can still wait a couple of weeks.  But don’t wait too long.  Spring is coming.  I know I have to wait for the smell of freshly-mown wild onions, but this next Call is proof positive that Spring is definitely coming.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from Fresh Paint Magazine (online) for Juried Spring Issue.  Low entry fee, & the mag is delicious to see.  We are proud to have them as sponsors.  Show ‘em YOUR strokes…

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ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  2D Painting

DEADLINE:  February 12, 2015

NOTIFICATION:  March 2, 2015

ENTRY FEE: $25 for up to 3 images

JUROR:   Margaret Winslow is the Associate Curator for Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum.  She has curated for the Neuberger Museum of Art & the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts & assisted with exhibits for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.  Winslow holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Mary Washington & a M.A. in Modern & Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism from SUNY Purchase College.

AWARDS:  Published Artists will receive one or more full-color pages or more that includes an image, website & statement.  Selected artists will be chosen for a virtual studio visit, a complimentary issue of Fresh Paint Magazine (US Only), promotion through our social media network & exposure through the local Fresh Paint art organizations & venues.

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CALL for ENTRIES: 20x20x20 Compact

2015 January 12

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Smaller isn’t always the same.  Every member of my household is an avid label reader due to food allergies.  One of the most important lessons we have learned is that miniature and compact versions of foods are not necessarily the same, nutritionally speaking.  I find miniatures of candy bars are often sweeter due to a different ratio of ingredients than the originals.  Sometimes, they add thickeners or starches to help them better hold their more compact shape as well.  Be careful.  This next show is all about the VIRTUES of being compact.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the LSU Student Union Art Gallery (Baton Rouge, LA) for the 2015 20″x20″x20″ National Compact Competition & Exhibit.  Well-respected exhibit with cash awards.  Don’t miss it…

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ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists residing in the United States

MEDIA:  Open to all media.  Two-dimensional works must be 20” x 20” or less. Three-dimensional works may have one side exceeding 20″ but cannot exceed 70 lbs in weight.

DEADLINE:  February 6, 2015

NOTIFICATION:  February 20, 2014

Learn more about the LSU Student Union Art GalleryENTRY FEE:  $40 for up to 3

JUROR:  Brooke Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of Prospect.3 in New Orleans, an international contemporary art biennial., Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at LSCMA in Los Angeles, CA, Director and Curator at The Contemporary Center and the Henry Darger Study Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York; Director of the Diggs Gallery & Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina.  Anderson has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively around the world.

AWARDS:  1st Place $2,000, 2nd Place $1,500, 3rd Place $1,000

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CALL for ENTRIES: Feminist Sex

2015 January 11

Learn more from On the Ground Floor!WIENERS,

How did operating a grill become a feminist issue?  I can’t tell you how many female friends I have that defer grilling activities to the men in their lives under the guise of not knowing “how to do it”.  Really?  Amongst this group of women who are financiers, scientists, diplomats & artists, no one can operate a grill?  Please.  Maybe they are just faking it, like me, to avoid the additional work occasionally.  *Shhh*  This next Call has NOTHING to do with the grilling of meat and EVERYTHING to do with feminism.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from On the Ground Floor (Los Angeles) for The Feminist Sex Shoppe. This is open to all media.  The best men I know are feminists, and this Call does NOT exclude men.  Don’t miss this opportunity…

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“We seek new works that explore concepts of sex-positive feminism including pleasure and desire, repression and repulsion, taboo and fantasy, body image and biology, love, lust, and eroticism. We welcome works that address sexual health and well-being and reflect the influence of family, religion, culture, politics, education, and the economy on women and their sexuality.”  –from

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists.  (not gender specific)

MEDIA: Open to all media.

DEADLINE: February 9, 2015

Learn more from On the Ground Floor!NOTIFICATION:  February 20, 2015


CURATOR:  Malika Ali is a Los Angeles-based artist & curator working in multiple media including film & video, installation, photography, and the written word. She is an alumna of Howard University and The American Film Institute where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Malika Ali has exhibited with The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, Arena 1 Gallery, Upstairs at the Market Gallery, and On The Ground Floor (OTGF), an artist-run space she co-founded in the View Park district of Los Angeles.  Her blog converges contemporary art, writing, design, lifestyle, family, culture, and politics.

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