Come see Kristy McNelly with her Art Booth at

Art of the Cowgirl 2024

January 17 – 21

Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre

Queen Creek, Arizona



Kristy McNelly has been accepted into
Oil Painters of America.

Oil Painters of America (OPA) is a non-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 artists throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1991, OPA is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art. Its primary focus is to draw attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light.

The mission of OPA is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by providing a forum in which artists can display their art in regional and national competitions. In addition, the organization is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members through its newsletter, critique program, scholarships, workshops, seminars, and demonstrations by today’s masters.

Kristy McNelly’s oil “Hitched at Surrey Hill” has been accepted into the American Impressionist Society 4th Annual All member online exhibition. It was one of 269 to be selected out of 2,053 images.

Dear Kristy,

Congratulations for your acceptance in the American Impressionist Society 4th Annual All Member Online Exhibition! We received 2,053 images for jurying and 269 images were juried into the exhibition.

Hitched at Surrey Hill
24 x 48

The work is now being judged for Awards by AIS Master Peggi Kroll Roberts. We will announce the awards on or before November 20. 

Louis Garcia and Kristy McNelly led a group of artists as they painted Tall ships together on July 8, 2023 for the Hill Country Council for the Arts at The AgriCultural Museum & Arts Center.

June 10, 2023  
We kicked off the 75th annual Lilac Festival with a reception for the poster competition artists! It was a great event meeting artists, friends, and fans of Mackinac Island.
From there we moved to Marquette Park where we announced this year’s poster winner. A BIG congratulations to
1st Place: “Lilac Secrets” by Erynn Rice (middle)
2nd Place: “A Tranquil Getaway” by Kristy McNelly (right)
3rd Place: “West Bluff Abloom” by Kevin Barton (left)
Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Lilac Festival poster contest. We know we missed many of you in the photo but we appreciate you being here to celebrate!
But wait, we’re not done yet! The remaining 19 finalists are eligible for the People’s’ Choice Award! Vote here through the end of the festival. Winner announced Sunday, June 18th.
📷: Queen and poster winner photo credit: Grand Hotel Marketing

Kristy’s Painting Was Awarded 2nd Place in Lilac Festival Poster Contest!

Out of 82 contestants, Kristy McNelly’s painting of a carriage with lilacs on a street in Mackinac Island was selected in the Top 20, then awarded 2nd Place at the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, June 9th, 2023.