World Organization of China Painters
17th Biennial Convention and Show
July 14-18th 2009
Holiday Inn and Convention Center
3321 South 72nd Street
Omaha, Nebraska

2009 World Show Overview
Please join us for the World Organization of China Painters 17th Biennial Convention and Show, "Perspectives in Porcelain."   There are wonderful opportunities ahead to learn and grow in our art as well as spend time with your painting family.
Omaha is a lovely city with a tasteful blend of old and new, both in History and the Arts.   There is a world-class Art Museum, zoo, botanical gardens, Old Market for unique shopping, and an extremely active Artist Community.
Omaha's location in the center of the country makes travel arrangements easy for people from both coasts of the United States, also allowing our members from outside the United States, a chance to sample Midwestern hospitality.   The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service from Omaha's Eppley Airfield to the Convention facility.

Current WOCP 2009 World Show Officers and Chairmen

Convention President: Paige Lukens-Gray (
Convention President-Elect:

Nominated/Awaiting Ratification - Lisa Bonin (

Convention Vice President: MaryAnn Clarin (
Convention Secretary: Marty Hill (
Convention Treasurer: Mary Lou Johnson (
Auction: Nebraska Teachers - Contact: Nancy Frey (
Booth Chairman: Nancy Benedetti (
WOCP Dealer Director: Anita Kantowski (
Booth-holder Welcome Bags: JoAnn Boyd and MaryAnn Clarin (
Demonstration Chairman: Peggy Adams (
Food Chairman: Elva Leins (
Fundraising Chairman: Paige Lukens-Gray (
Hospitality Bag Chairman: Lisa Bonin (
Paint-in Chairman: Marci Blattenberger (
Publicity Chairman: Tamera Stephanek ( and Shirley Livingston
Raffle Chairman: Theresa Meyer (
Registration Chairman: Debbie Cowherd (
Tour Chairman: Maralyn Spencer (
A show project plan is available for anyone who is interested.   Please feel free to contact me at
Accommodations - Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
Contact the Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center at 1-888-465-4329 to make your reservations.   Do not forget to mention WOCP when you are making your reservations to receive the convention rate.
The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from Omaha's Eppley Airfield (OMA) and there is free parking at the hotel for those who are driving in for the event.   The convention hotel is located at 3321 South 72nd Street in Omaha, NE.



Auction Benefit

WOCP is aligning itself with the fight against Breast Cancer.   So many of us have been touched by this dread disease, either personally or through someone we know and love.   Please remember that a portion of the proceeds raised at the WOCP Auction Benefit is going to help the Alegent Health Image Recovery Center.

The Alegent Health Image Recovery Center helps cancer patients cope with and overcome some of the physical side-effects of cancer treatment.  The program is rooted in medical science.  Clinical cosmetologists, certified breast fitters, and massage therapists have been trained to provide services especially for cancer patients.  They can be a comforting voice of experience at a very vulnerable time.  When cancer patients look better, they start to feel better.

This initiative can help WOCP in several ways:

  • Allow us to give back to the community in a meaningful way.
  • Educate the community about what we do as Porcelain Artists.
  • Promote community support and attendance, bringing:
    Better prices for the auction pieces, therefore
    More money for Breast Cancer Research

Please consider supporting this worthy cause by doing any or all of the following: attending the auction, painting a piece and bidding generously.

CLICK HERE to see a list of those who have already generously offered to paint a piece for the Auction Benefit and to see some of the beautiful items already received!
Display Reception
The Display Reception will feature our State and International displays and will be open to the public and the press. Auction and raffle pieces will also be on display at this event. Pre-bids for Auction pieces will be accepted and Raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
WOCP World Show Boutique
The WOCP World Show Boutique will contain various unique craft items for sale.   All proceeds from the Boutique go to support our WOCP Museum.   The South Dakota Clubs will be managing the Boutique and request anyone interested in donating items to please contact MaryAnn Clarin ( for additional information.

AquaClip® Bottle Holder
This new beverage bottle carrier converts your bottle into a canteen, keeping your hands free!   Simply snap it, clip it, and go!   This unique item sells for $3.00 each.   All proceeds go to the World Show Fund/WOCP Museum.   Please look for them at a WOCP show near you!!!

  • AquaClips
    I have contacted the Owner/Inventor and he has given us a special deal.   We can order 250 at .72 cents each (and up to five different colors).   He sells them on his web site for $3.00 each.   They premiered for sale at the MNWOCP Show in Blue Earth and were well received.
  • Perspectives in Porcelain – Thinking Outside the Box
    2009 WOCP World Show's theme is "Perspectives in Porcelain" and part of that is "Thinking Outside the Box."   This book is a fundraiser for the WOCP 2009 World Show and all proceeds go to the World Show Fund/WOCP Museum.   Innovative Artists from all over the world contributed their time and talents in providing different "Perspectives in Porcelain" and new ways of looking at our art.   We know this book will get your minds going in fresh, new directions!!

       WOCP thanks the following Artists for their participation:

  • Nancy Benedetti – California
  • Marci Blattenberger – Tennessee
  • Helen Caputo – France
  • Benoist Chapel – France
  • Dianne Des Ormeaux – Louisiana
  • Jill Egan – England
  • Mary Gosden - New York
  • Diane Guinn – Florida
  • Donna Guy – Iowa
  • Jan Kellaway – Australia
  • Cathy Prince (Poem) – California
  • Katrien Puech – France
  • Marsha Reaves – Utah
  • Rosemarie Radmaker – Oregon

The cost of the book is $25.00 plus $2.50 for shipping within the United States (Total $27.50).   Contact Paige Lukens-Gray ( to determine shipping outside the United States.   To purchase a copy, please send your check made payable to WOCP to:

Paige Lukens-Gray
223 Levee Trail
Dakota Dunes, SD  57049

Hospitality Packages

We have worked very hard to put together an amazing Hospitality Package deal for the WOCP 2009 World Show with a price of only $100.00.   With the purchase of your Hospitality Package, you will receive:


WOCP “Perspectives in Porcelain” Tote
Convention Book
Convention Charm
Three (3) Raffle Tickets
One (1) Demo Ticket
Display Reception
Auction Benefit
WOCP Gala Banquet
Porcelain gift from Calvin Spurlin/Romerica
Gift from Midge Amos
Gift from Daisy Muff
Gift from Peggy Adams
Gift from Paula White
Gift from Campana Art Company

Additional goodies from various other Vendors will be added and we will list these in additional issues of the magazine and on the web sites as information becomes available.

Click Here for Registration Form
Paint-Along Classes
There are several paint-along classes preceding the show on July 14th and 15th.   Seating is limited, so please sign-up for the classes using the Registration Form TODAY!!   A class supply list will be sent to each attendee prior to the World Show.   If you have any questions, please contact Marci Blattenberger (
WOCP would like to thank the following Artists for donating their time and talents:
  • Nancy Benedetti - Fiberglass
  • John Bergman – Wild Roses and Design
  • Paul Lewing – Water-Based Mediums and Techniques
  • Celeste McCall - Grapes
  • Mariela Villasmil-Kaminski – Portraits
  • Pat Gurley - Roses
Raffle Pieces
Raffle Tickets - $1.00 each or six tickets for $5.00
Special Drawing - $5.00 each or six tickets for $25.00
Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance from the WOCP office, pre-ordered with your Registration Form, or purchased at the WOCP table at WOCP shows.
WOCP would like to thank Filipe Pereira for painting our Special Drawing Piece and the following people for committing to paint Raffle pieces for the WOCP 2009 World Show. To view a raffle piece (as available) click on a name below:
To view the Special Drawing Piece, painted by Filipe Pereira, CLICK HERE
Show Schedule
CLICK HERE to view a tentative show schedule
For those who have never had the opportunity to visit Omaha before, we have lined up several tours featuring area attractions:
Joslyn Art Museum ( is a world-class museum with a magnificent in-house collection.
Henry Doorly Zoo ( contains exhibits like the Lied Jungle, Desert Dome, Butterfly/Insect Pavilion, Cat Complex, 3-acre Gorilla Valley and the 1.3 million gallon scott Aquarium, among others.
Lauritzen Gardens ( is Omaha's lush and expanding botanical gardens.   Create your own studies; this tour is a photographer's dream!!!
Seating is limited, so please sign-up for the tours using the Registration Form TODAY!!

CLICK HERE to view a list of current vendors.

As you all know, shows with many volunteers run smoothly.   Please consider being a volunteer at your WOCP World Show.   The time commitment does not have to be a large one - think about an hour or maybe two.   We need people for:
  • Hospitality Bags
  • Booth Sitters
  • Demonstration Hosts/Hostesses
  • Registration
  • WOCP World Show Boutique
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Auction Assistance
Please contact either Paige Lukens-Gray ( or the Committee Chairman for additional information.
Make sure to add us to your calendar. You are not going to want to miss a single minute of the fun.
Paint... push your boundaries, explore different techniques, and find new Perspectives in Porcelain!!!
Paige Lukens-Gray
WOCP Convention President 2007-2009
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