The following are some links that I think you would be interested in.
Oil Painters of America (OPA) is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,400 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.
Portrait Society of America
The Portrait Society was founded in 1998 to further the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art. The Portrait Society is committed to its mission of providing educational resources to anyone interested in technical information, traditional aesthetics and the history of figurative art and portraiture.
EastEnd Studio & Gallery
143 W Michigan Ave.
Marshall, Mi. 49068