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NOAPS Best of America 2019

hosted by Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery in Park City, UT.

Join us for a full week of awesome events.  Meet new friends and


calendar of events

  Tuesday-Thursday - September 24th 25th & 26th   

  Painting the Expressive Portrait with


Jian Wu

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Workshop Details:

  • Cost: $350 per student $25 off early bird discount through August 31!!!


In portrait painting, artists have their own unique angles and perspective when observing human faces; they also have their own unique artistic approaches in depicting facial individuality. Technically speaking, some of the known challenges in portrait painting are:

  1. Focusing on facial details at the very beginning stage of the painting that might detach a painting subject from the overall unification of a painting

  2. No contrast between warm and cool colors that might neutralize a painting’s overall color scheme

  3. Not enough contrast between loose and tight rendering of a painting while the contrast is a key to add motion, air and emotion to an expressive portrait


A few painting principles that I believe:

  1. At the beginning stage, regard the face you are painting as an object. Ignore facial details while focusing on overall value unification.

  2. Emphasize the contrast between cool and warm colors and employ complementary colors to define and create volume ­— believable 3D illusion

  3. Adding texture to your brush stroke quality will add motion, air and emotion to a portrait painting, or any painting


In this workshop, I’d like to share with you my approaches in painting portraits and start each morning class doing painting demo from a live model. In the afternoon classes, you will have opportunities to paint from a live model. I will provide one on one assistance and critiques. Please join me for a great painting discussion in action. I look forward seeing you!

Materials List:

  • Oil paint or acrylic paint

  • Brushes (flat type is recommended) #2, #4, #6, #8, #10 and #12

  • Palette

  • Palette knife

  • Canvas, 12” x 16”and 20” x 20” are recommended (may need more than one for each size)

  • Gamsol

  • Paper towels


Basic Color Pallet List:

  • White

  • Cadmium yellow 

  • Yellow ochre 

  • Orange 

  • Red

  • Burnt sienna 

  • Burnt umber

  • Permanent rose 

  • Margenta 

  • Ultramarine blue

  • Cerulean blue

  • Green (yellow shade)

  • Green (blue shade)

  • Black

  • Raw umber (optional)

Competition & Sale Details:

Paint the remarkable and expansive landscapes of Utah!  Over a two-day event participants will have the opportunity to paint local Park City areas.  Exceptional spots will be chosen by Shanna Kunz, well known landscape artist, or look to paint on your own.  Artists can enter up to 2 paintings for judging and display at the Montgomery Lee Art Gallery 3rd floor on Friday morning, to be seen through Saturday.  For prospectus and details click here.

Pay Entry Fee Here (pick the option that works for you):



Separate checks. Please sign up and let us know you will be attending:

Friday, September 27th- 9-11:30am- Landscape Demonstration

Join us for an demonstration with Shanna Kunz at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery.

Shanna Kunz


Friday, September 27th- 12pm-Lunch & Awards Presentation 

Lunch sponsored by American Art Collector with speaker Joshua Rose, editor of AAC.

Location 3rd floor Montgomery Lee Fine art

Joshua Rose is the editor of American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, American Fine Art Magazine and Native American Art Magazine.  As such, he travels to many events around the country visiting galleries and museums, speaking to collectors and attending art fairs. He has spoken at such places as the San Francisco Fine Art Fair, the Boston International Fine Art Show, and many others. Rose has also juried art shows and exhibitions across the country.      


Joshua will share his insights into the state of art based on his travels and interactions with the various sectors of the art world.  He finds the contemporary art world as being in a continual state of flux. Auctions, art fairs and online resources all compete for the attention of the collectors while galleries continue to redefine their role in this ever-changing art market. Where do collectors go these days to find works for their collection? Joshua will share his thoughts and insights.

Friday, September 27th- 2:30-3:30pm- Lecture by Michael Graham

Owner of Masterworks Frame

Location 3rd floor Montgomery Lee Fine art


Michael Graham, along with Ret Ashby, started building frames together in 2007, and together they have over 50 years of framing & woodworking experience. Their passion is creating beautiful frames to enhance artwork.  Their unique and well crafted frames have graced some of today’s best works of art.  Michael will speak to the group on Friday, September 27 from 2:30-3:30 at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery, 3rd floor, about his process, framing tips for artists, and will have a small selection of ready-made frames to view and purchase.

Friday, September 27th- 5-8pm- Opening Reception 

Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery

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Elizabeth will demonstrate a still life floral for the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society Exhibition at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery, 3rd floor on Saturday, September 28th at 9am-noon.

About the Artist:

Elizabeth Robbins is known best for her classically beautiful floral Still Life paintings, but also enjoys painting portraits and capturing the soul of a person.  She is an avid gardener of her own flowers, having over 80 roses, peonies, lilies, sunflowers and many other varieties growing in her yard next to her 600 sq.ft. art studio.  As co-owner of Bella Muse Gallery in Ogden, Utah, she also owns Bella Muse Productions where she films and produces instructional painting videos.  She has won numerous awards including ‘Best Still Life’ and ‘Best of Show’ at the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society Exhibitions.  She is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, a Master Artist Member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, and a Master Member of the American Women Artists.  She has had many articles printed about her work, and is represented by numerous well-known galleries.  Among her top awards are:

2017: 3rd Place at the American Impressionist Society

2014: ‘Best in Show’ at the NOAPS Best of America Exhibition

2014: Honorable Mention at the American Impressionist Society

2014: 1st Place in the portrait division of the Traces of the West Show

2014: 2nd Place at the American Women Artists show in the Master Division

Saturday, September 28th 1-3:30pm- Artist Demonstration Painting the Portrait 

NOAPS Master Artist Demonstration with Jian Wu

Jian Wu


Jian will demonstrate his technique of Portrait Painting for his demonstration at the Montgomery Lee Gallery of Fine Art, 3rd Floor.

About the Artist:

For over 25 years, Jian has been teaching painting and drawing, first at the Academy of Art University, and later at the Ohlone College in Fremont. Currently, Jian works on his art full-time. Jian has garnered many awards for his work including Third Place in NOAPS 1st Best of America 2018 Small Painting Exhibition, Exceptional Merit Award in the International Portrait Competition 2015, Best Portrait in NOAPS Best of America 2010 and Best of Show in NOAPS Best of America  2008. Jian is a Master Artist member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society and a signature member of the Oil Painters of America. His works have been collected throughout the United States and worldwide.

2019 BOA Workshop

Saturday, September 28th 9-11:30am- Artist Demonstration Floral Still Life 

NOAPS Master Artist Demonstration with Elizabeth Robbins

Elizabeth Robbins

Shanna will lead the plein air painters on Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 &26 to scenic local areas to paint.  On Friday morning, September 27th at 9am Shanna will demonstrate her technique at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery, 3rd floor.  Shanna will paint the beautiful cottonwood trees and river in Weber Canyon.

About the Artist:

Shanna Kunz, Ogden, UT is a naturalist painter of the landscape that surrounds her, interpreting the quiet and familiar places of the West. She has been featured in numerous major art publications, including a feature article in Western Art & Architecture, Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Painter, Southwest Art Magazine February 2018, Western Art Collector 

and American Artist Magazine. She has been invited to exhibit in museum exhibitions,  has participated as a guest artist in The Coors Show in Denver, CO 2014, Maynard Dixon Camp Out 2015, 2016, 2017, C.M. Russell Auction 2015, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters as Guest Artist 2016, member 2017 to present, American Impressionist Society Exhibition 

2016, Maynard Dixon Country 2010, 2018, the Jackson Wildlife Museum Western Visions Miniature Show, the Contemporary Art of the American West Invitational, The Western Masters Art Show, and was chosen for the Fine Art Connoisseur Award at the Artist of the New Century Exhibit, Bennington Center for the Arts. She has gallery representation nationally and has private collectors internationally.

 Thursday, September 26th Meet & Greet Dinner 6pm

Butcher's Chop House

*Separate Checks

  Wednesday & Thursday - September 25th & 26th "Brush with Nature" 

  A Two Day Plein Air Paint Out and Competition

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