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New Oil Painters Fine Art Group announces Premier Art show

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CONROE, TX – The Houston Area Oil Painters of America, a newly formed group of local artists from Conroe and The Woodlands, has announced that its first show will be held on February 8, 9, and 10, 2019 with an opening reception on Friday, February 8th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The exhibition will be held at the Conroe Art League located at 127 Simonton Street in Conroe.

Each artist will be exhibiting their works of landscapes, portraits, and still life paintings. The artists will be present at the opening reception on February 8th.

The 2019 February dates and times are as follows:

  • February 8 – 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • February 8 – Meet the Artist Reception (wine and lite bites) – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • February 9 – 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • February 10 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The group is made up of five award winning artists: Lois Blackburne, Juan Cantavella, Beau Crump, Tom LaRock, and Debra Riley. The group of artists has a combined portfolio of local and national awards. and were juried into the national organization Oil Painters of America. All members are representational artists with a passion for realism.

Lois Blackburne is self-taught, and has attended numerous workshops and seminars. She trained under Karen Vernon, Bernice Walters, and nationally known portraitist Juan Cantavella. Lois has been teaching oils, pastels, watercolor, and china painting at the Conroe Hobby Lobby for the last twenty years. She has been a member of the Conroe Art League since 1978 and is also a member of Oil Painters of America. Lois describes her artistic style as detailed and impressionistic. She is known for her landscapes, animal portraits, still life, florals, and portraits. She has lived in Conroe since 1978.




Juan Cantavella is self-taught and also is a degreed architect. He is nationally known for highly detailed portraits, still life, and cityscapes. He is a member of Oil Painters of America and has lived in the Woodlands since 2014.

Beau Crump is self-taught and has been attending numerous workshops and seminars for the last 43 years. He has trained under Joy Bradford, John Porter, Martha Barr, Carrie Albritton, and nationally known portraitist Juan Cantavella. Beau is known for his landscapes and portraits. His style is detailed and impressionistic.  Many of his works depict scenes from Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Louisiana, England, France and Germany.  He is a member of Oil Painters of America. He has a B.S. degree in Zoology from Northwestern State, in Louisiana, and studied Engineering Technology at Kilgore College in Texas. He has been a resident of Conroe for over 10 years.




Tom LaRock relocated to New York City in 2013 to train at the studio of his son, Art Renewal Center (ARC) Living Master Joshua LaRock and at the Grand Central Academy in New York.  Returning to Texas three years ago to paint professionally, Tom is best known for landscapes and still life; however, he also enjoys painting portraits and narratives. In addition to training with his son, Tom has received additional instruction with Douglas Flynt (Florida), and Michael Klein (New York). His style is classically realistic with a hint of contemporary impressionism.  He is a member of the Oil Painters of America. Tom is a graduate of the University of Texas, El Paso with a degree in Physical Education, and UT Austin with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been a resident of The Woodlands since 2004.

Debra Riley has trained under nationally known artists Gary Hernandez and Lois Blackburne. She has also taken workshops from Scott Christensen, Lori McNee, and Suzie Baker. Her artistic styles are both highly detailed and impressionistic. Debra has been an Art Colony Giverny Artist for the past two years. She is known for landscapes, still life, and portraits, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America.Debra has a B.S. degree in Business and Human Relations from Amber University. She has lived in Montgomery, Texas since 1999, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Conroe Art League.