Oil painting “Shoreline Adventure” by Castlegar artist Celeste Rode.

Oil painting “Shoreline Adventure” by Castlegar artist Celeste Rode.

Castlegar artist’s oil painting at prestigious show

Celeste Rode's painting chosen for major American juried art show from thousands of entries.

A Castlegar artist has had one of her oil paintings accepted into the Oil Painters of America Salon Show in Petoskey, Michigan.

Celeste Rode’s painting, of children walking on the beach at Syringa Provincial Park, was chosen for this major American juried art show from thousands of entries and is among approximately 350 chosen to be displayed this summer.

The painting “Shoreline Adventure” is 12” x 16,” oil on canvas, is framed and was sent to the show in June.

“For these kids, I took a photograph and then painted it in the winter,”  said Rode who was reached by telephone Wednesday, July 31. “Then I applied for the Salon Show and it was accepted.”

Rode said she has gone to four national conventions but this is the first time one of her paintings has been accepted into such a prestigious show.

“It’s very exciting,” said Rode. “It’s huge show and a big deal. The other artists in the show are very high profile.”

“Shoreline Adventure” is available for purchase during the show ($950.00 US) until August 31, 2013.

Rode spent seven years honing her craft at Pro’s Art School in Edmonton.

“It’s a really amazing school,” she said. “He [Gene Prokop] goes all over the world and takes workshops with all of the premiere artists and then comes back at teaches us the techniques.”

Rode is known for her ability to capture the simple joys of life in her oil paintings. Her art often includes beach scenes or relaxing scenes of the Kootenay region. She paints people in settings that evoke a positive emotion and tell a story.

Celeste has been a full time artist for 16 years and has been an associate member of The Oil Painters of America for five years.

Recently, she and her husband travelled to the 2013 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition and Convention in Fredericksburg, Texas, where she took four days of classes and met famous representational artists and editor’s of major representational art magazines.

Rode’s artwork can be viewed at her website: www.celesterode.com