When OPA was founded in 1991 it was with the mission inherent to promote artistic excellence – in education, in representation, in exhibition. Illume Gallery of Fine Art could not be more honored to uphold this tradition as hosts of the Oil Painters of America’s 2017 Western Regional Exhibition.

Illume Gallery maintains a standard of artistic distinction, and, as such, will promote this particular theme with this year’s OPA exhibition. Artists from across the Western United State have significant time, energy and talent in their pursuit of aligning themselves with this distinguished exhibit, with the understanding that being accepted to present can ultimately change the trajectory of their career. Those who competed for this showing will be showcased alongside OPA’s Masters, culminating in nothing less than a breathtaking experience for artists and patrons alike.

Those who take the opportunity to experience this showcase will be able to witness some of the most Masterful Oil Painters of our time – many of which can be viewed here – and many others whose talents are just starting to be recognized. You’ll see those who have earned the title of Master, as well as those chosen through a vigorous and respected jurying committee, including many of the acclaimed Masters themselves, as artists who have experience and talent worthy of representing the Oil Painters of America Association.

We invite you to experience this transcendent showcase as our guest, and experience all that OPA (and it’s Master Artists) have to offer.  



Katie Willson

Director of Brand Journalism