Oil Painters of the Art League

After a summer of renovation and expansion, the Tucson Museum of Art has reopened to the public. On October 21 & 22, the Museum invited everyone to explore new galleries, new feature exhibitions, and new selections from the museum’s permanent collection — all for free! Members of our oil painting group (OPAL) decided to take a road trip to explore the renovations and the expansive art collections. Some commented that, “you could spent a full day enjoying all the collections,” but being specific, they adored the paintings by Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, AndrĂ© Derain, Andy Warhol, and Nicolai Fechin. The museum is located at 140 N. Main Avenue in Tucson. Hours are 10am to 5pm Tues-Sat, Sunday 12-5pm, and the museum is FREE on the 1st Thursday of each month, 10am-8pm. Regular Admission for Seniors is $10. With the valuable information obtained at the Museum, members of the OPAL group are ready to take on all challenges.

The OPAL sessions will be held in the SRAL Studio and run from 10AM to 1PM on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

OPAL will go beyond the standard practice of creating oil paintings in the studio. The group is expanding its scope to review the histories and techniques of artists from the past; examine oil paintings that have been selected based on artistic merit: and observe current trends, experimentation, and pathways that artists are pursuing.

To achieve this broad range of interests, OPAL will offer instruction in oil painting. Members can work on group projects and themes, or create their own designs. The group will utilize the vast resources of the SRAL library - with both books and DVDs; visit local museums, including those in Tucson and Phoenix; attend art openings; and view the artwork at local galleries and art shows. Members will be encouraged to enter art shows both open shows and juried/judged shows.

The purpose is to broaden the entire oil painting experience.

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Rich Metcalf


For more information about the OPAL group go to Opal .


Rich Metcalf.

Latest Update: 11/04/2017