Bartlesville Community Center – Lyon Gallery 

October 4 – October 30, 2024

Judge: Clayton J. Beck III

Online & Mail-in Registration Opens August 1. 

BAA members and non-members may enter up to 2 pieces. The show  will be limited to the first 100 entries submitted starting August 1. 

All artworks must be for sale. 

Entries will be displayed at the Lyon Gallery at the Bartlesville Community Center and compete for awards and prizes.

Opening Reception and Silent Auction Friday, October 4.

Oil painting by this year’s show judge Clayton J. Beck III.

Download this prospectus for all information. *Please note, some rules have changed from previous years.

Download Prospectus PDF
Clayton J. Beck III

Don’t miss Beck’s 3-day oil painting workshop October 1 – 3.

He is an outstanding artist and teacher. He will pass along ideas and techniques he has learned over his career and while he studied with Richard Schmid.

Check out his class webpage at this link Oil Painting Workshop to see examples of his excellent work and register. Don’t wait too long; there are a limited number of spots available.

Clayton J. Beck III

BAA art classes are open to members and non-members.     Tuition assistance is available.

Bartlesville Art Association

Located at 217 S. Comanche Ave. @ Frank Phillips Blvd. in the Comanche Center

Current and upcoming classes:

Fully clothed live model drawing sessions Sunday afternoons at the BAA.

Sessions are held at the BAA Art Center, 217 S. Comanche Ave @ Frank Phillips Blvd. in the Comanche Center.

Sundays ~ June 9 & 23 and July 14 & 28 from 2 – 4 pm.

Open to BAA members and non-members.

$20 walk-in per session payable at the door. Free for high-school age students. No need to register. Just show up.

Very casual atmosphere. Self paced. Each artists works independently. All mediums and skill levels welcome! Easels available.

Fully clothed model usually starts with a few short 10 minute warm up poses and then a few longer 20 minute poses. Students may take photos for reference to complete artwork at home.

Bring your own supplies and have fun practicing your live figure drawing skills. 

Facilitated by BAA artists Kathleen Rutledge and Chuck Parkins.

Ongoing classes and special events

Open Studio is held at the BAA Art Center, 217 S. Comanche Ave @ Frank Phillips Blvd.

FREE for BAA members!

OPEN  STUDIO every Wednesday from  1 – 4 pm.

Faciliator, Cheryl Bryan, shares watercolor techniques on the first Wednesday Open Studio of each month. This is one of the most popular events at BAA and one of the benefits of being a member!


Free. Open to the public. August 24.

Join us at the BAA studio on Saturday, August 24 from 2 – 3:30pm for “Timelines of Art: A brief overview on the history of art.” with Tom Graves.

“Art 101” Classes are taught by BAA members for BAA members.  You get one FREE “Art 101” class with your annual membership. These short, casual classes are a GREAT way to explore new mediums, stretch your wings and try something new.

Upcoming "Art 101" classes for 2024 ~ All classes are on Saturday

May 4, 10 am – 12 pm  Beginning Jewelry – Livi Diaz

May 18, 6 – 9 pm  Photography – “Planning the Shot” – Mike Bryan

July 20, 2 – 4pm  Beginning Drawing – Janet Odden


Sept 21, 1 – 4 pm   Sewing a zippered purse – Joan Phillips

Oct 12,  2 – 4 pm  Beginning Pastels – Anne Spoon 

Nov 2,  2 – 4 pm   Beginning Watercolor Painting – Amy Jenkins

   Want to join BAA and get your free “Art 101”  class? Join here, we would love to have you as a member.  

You do not have to be an artist to join the BAA.  Anyone with an appreciation for art and a desire to support the arts in Bartlesville is encouraged to join us.

Open Studio is held at the BAA Art Center, 217 S. Comanche Ave @ Frank Phillips Blvd.

FREE for BAA members!

OPEN  STUDIO every Thursday from  12 – 3  pm.

All easel mediums are welcome: Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Drawing. Any process where you use a floor or table top easel.

Bill Whitte will facilitate the Easel Open Studio on Thursdays and is willing to provide guidance to painters if you want it. 

Summer is in full swing, and the kids are having a great time at Art Camp. The June sessions were totally booked, and July 15-19 is getting close. There is still room for a few more kids if you know someone who would enjoy an art experience with Quincey Turner. Check the website to see which sessions have vacancies.

Many thanks to Quincey for teaching kids this past year. She will be heading off to college this fall. We will surely miss her. And because of that, BAA is looking for someone to teach the kid’s classes, two afternoons a week for 1.5 hours each day. Please let us know if you or someone you know would be interested.

BAA joins the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce!

The Chamber of Commerce had our ribbon cutting on June 25. A fun group of people came to help us celebrate our new space. Thanks to Sheri Wilt and Judy Williams for putting this together. We are excited to get to know all of you better.

BAA Annual Art Show & Sale update:

Thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help with our annual show and sale in October. The committee is working to provide a beautiful gallery exhibit for both artists to compete in and patrons to purchase some of the best art in our region. The annual show opening is scheduled for Oct 4.

Speaking of the Annual Show and Sale, the prospectus will be published on July 15. There are some changes so please read it carefully. Clayton J. Beck III, from Chicago, will be our judge and workshop instructor.

Amy Jenkins - “Untamed Seacoast” - Watercolor

Congratulations to Amy Jenkins!

Amy “Untamed Seacoast” was juried into the 63rd exhibition of Watercolor USA at the Springfield, MO

Art Museum. The show is currently on display through September 2. Two hundred artists submitted 323 artworks and 77 works were accepted.

The piece was inspired by a view of the Maine seacoast from a recent trip. “When I saw the scene I immediately thought that it just had two colors – Ultramarine and Quin Burnt Orange. That’s all I used”.

Amy will present  the two-color palette used in this piece at the Green Country Watercolor Society monthly meeting on Sept.12 at 10 Arts 302 in Broken Arrow

Amy Jenkins "Little Chapel at Journey Home" watercolor

Amy Jenkins is also teaching a Watercolor Landscape for Beginners class on July 23 at 6 pm at the BAA. Register now so you don’t miss out.


Valerie Unruh

We welcome Valerie Unruh back to Bartlesville with a portrait drawing class on Saturday August 10 from 10 am – 4pm. Registration deadline is August 5.  Supplies are included.

Janet Odden will teach an “Art 10” drawing class on July 20 at 2 pm. Just bring your pencil and eraser, a sketch book and join the fun.

You get one FREE “Art 101” class with your annual membership. Non- members welcome for $40 fee.

The new studio lights will be going up the first of July!

Wednesday Open Studio  resumes July 24.

Thursday Open Studio resumes July 11.

Check the BAA website and calendar for updates.

Art Night is moving to the afternoon in August with a lecture on art history by Tom Graves. Join in at 2 pm on Saturday, August 24 and hear what Tom has to say about his experiences as a docent at the Philbrook Museum and what he has learned about art history.  Free and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Thanks to everyone who has supported BAA now and over the years. There is no way to express how grateful we are to be a part of a thriving arts organization. The creative spirit is alive and well. The smiling faces of the kids at art camp and the pride of adults who see progress in their work is a great reward to our instructors and board of directors.

Special thanks go out to Conoco Phillips, Bartlesville Community Foundation, Service League Fund, The Rutledge Trust, Education Promise, Safari Smiles –

Dr. Jon Lindblom, Walmart, State Farm – Jim Moore, and Banc First.  Your support and that of our faithful donors has helped over 300 kids, and many adults to have an opportunity to develop their skills and engage in a wide variety of art activities.

Laura Jensen, Executive Director of the Bartlesville Community Foundation,
presents a $1000 grant check from the Richard & Kathleen Rutledge Foundation to BAA.

 The grant helped fund a Master Series Workshop on Renaissance style portrait drawing as well as a live drawing demo with Santa Fe artist, John Reger.

John Reger’s workshop and demo were both extraordinary!

Our sincerest “Thank You” to BCF and Richard & Kathleen Rutledge for supporting the arts in Bartlesville.


July Free with current membership. Both Open Studios (Wed. and Thurs.) resume after the 4th of July. * Please check for updates on the BAA website.

Sun. July 14 & 28 $20
Live Model Figure Drawing $20 per session. Pay at the door. 2- 4pm

July 15 – 19 $100
One Week July Art Camp with Quincey Turner Grades K – 9. Three grade levels available 2 – 4pm

Sat. July 20  Free with current membership “Art 101” Beginning Drawing with Janet Odden. Must register thru the BAA Office. $40 for non-members. 2 – 4pm

Tues, July 23    $50
Watercolor Landscape for Beginners with Amy Jenkins.
6 – 8:30pm.

Sat. Aug 10 $85
2nd Saturdays at BAA Drawing Portraits with Valerie Unruh. All supplies included. Ages 13 and up. 10am – 4pm

Sat. Aug 24   Free“Art Talk” –  Art History Lecture with Tom Graves  2 – 3:30pm Free & open to the public.

Tuesdays in September “No Talent Tuesday” drawing class with Janet Odden returns. Afternoon and evening sessions available. Check back for details.

Sat. Sept 14    $65
2nd Saturdays at BAA
Paint Your Pet Party with Valerie Unruh. All supplies included. Ages 13 and up.
2 – 5 pm.

Sat. Sept 15 Sizzlin Summer at Unity Square “Jazz on the Plazz” Come watch as BAA artists create plein-air masterpieces. Enjoy jazz music by The AJ Jazz Trio and Grady Nichols + Friends. 3 – 6pm Free

Sat. Sept 21 Free with current membership
“Art 101” Sewing a Zippered Purse with Joan Phillips 1 – 4pm Register thru the BAA Office. $40 for non-members

Sonya Turpening "You Plan The Work" Watercolor

Coming in November!

3-Day Watercolor Workshop with master watercolorist, Sonya Turpening!  

November 12-14.

Learn to use watercolor to its potential while still retaining control and detail.

Early Bird special price of $300. Good through July 31.

I hope your summer break has been a fun and relaxing time. Since I will be traveling at the end of July, I have combined the July and August newsletters. If you are curious and need to plan your fall schedule now, just check the website and the BAA calendar. We have several new and exciting things for artists and art supporters coming up.

Janet Odden, BAA President

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

Financial Assistance Information

BAA is committed to sharing the love of art throughout our vibrant community.

To that end, we have established  a scholarship fund for those in need of a bit of help with tuition to attend classes. 

For example, did you know that over 20% of the children attending our Summer Art Camp have tuition assistance?

Financial assistance for adults is also available. We ask that adults pay whatever they can towards a class and we’ll make up the rest in exchange for volunteering at FUN BAA events. It’s a win-win for everyone! It’s super easy to apply for tuition assistance with this link.

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