A letter from our curator, Charlotte Gordon, Artistic Director, Southern Ohio Museum:
October 29, 2017
Dear Ohio Plein Air Society painters,
I want to thank each and every one of you for your interest in the plein air exhibition Creating Identity from Place that I am curating for the Ohio Plein Air Society’s exhibition at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery and at the Southern Ohio Museum. I have been impressed with the work that was submitted. Eighty two painters submitted 246 images. Making decisions has been an arduous, difficult process! Once again, the Ohio Plein Air Society has not disappointed!
I have made selections based on the thematic topic, identity derived from place, choosing works that support that thesis while also including the breadth and depth of the OPAS group. I wish that more could have been included, however, ultimately, as in every exhibition, space is the final consideration.
I want each of you to know that I have enjoyed seeing your work- it was a rich process to go through each image. I hope to see all of you at the exhibition at the Riffe Gallery in July 2018.
Thank you again for this opportunity.
Best to all,
Southern Ohio Museum
December 2017- checklist of paintings due- with high-resolution images to the Riffe Gallery
Early July 2018- (Exact date TBA) paintings due at the Riffe Gallery
July 26, 2018- opening reception Riffe Gallery
July 27, 2018, 12:00 noon-1:00- lunchtime gallery talk with the Curator
October 13, 2018- closing of the Riffe Gallery
January 26, 2019- Exhibition opens at Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center
April, 2019- (Date TBA) Exhibition closing reception with paint-out in Portsmouth