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Upcoming OPAS Events

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Dawson’s Annual Lynd’s Fruit Farm Painout & Potluck, Pataskala, Licking County
Chair: Debra Joyce Dawson


SATURDAY 8:00am – 11:00am 

  • Paint until you get cold
    11:30am – till whenever
  • Potluck with Show’n’Tell of your work – if Covid-19 allows
  • Meeting place: Debra will be waiting in the parking lot of the Lynd’s Market at the crossroads of Rt. 310 and Morse Rd. in Pataskala, OH.
  • Potluck at Dawson’s home: 11:30am – till… Show & Tell of your work – if Covid-19 allows

Lynd’s Website:

As always, YOU can plan a pop-up paintout
Try for at least 3 days ahead and OR – Contact if you would like to plan a paintout during the 2021-2022 calendar year.

2021 Fall Exhibition:
McConnell Center for the Arts,
Worthington, OH

Board Member, Angela Gage, has been working on an OPAS Exhibition at the McConnell Center for the Arts for the end of this year.

The Best of The Ohio Plein Air Society

McConnell Arts Center, 

“The Best of The Ohio Plein Air Society” 

A Juried Exhibition | October 14, 2021 to December 18, 2021 Entry Deadline: August 31, 2021


McConnell Art Center’s juried exhibition will celebrate the work of Ohio Plein Air Society artists and the beautiful scenes they paint. We want to display the art you’re most proud of, and that captures scenes and moments from anywhere in the state. Our three jurors will select what they feel are the finest examples of plein air works submitted from OPAS members. We invite you to celebrate the opening of the show on Thursday, October 14, 2021 here at the MAC. 

McConnell Arts Center (MAC) serves the community of Worthington, Ohio, located just outside Columbus. The MAC changes lives and makes memories through creative arts experiences. 

Address: 777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085 

Phone: (614) 431-0329 


  • Ohio Plein Air Society Members Only 
  • Works must fit this definition of a plein air piece: 

○ “Paintings should be 95% completed outside, on location, and from direct observation. Works must be completed without the assistance of photography. The painting must resemble the location. Multiple sessions are acceptable.” 

  • Each member can submit up to 3 images. 
  • 40-45 pieces will be chosen for this exhibition over all. We can’t guarantee that every member who submits works will have a piece in the show. 
  • Size limit: 36” x 48” 
  • No Entry Fee 
  • All entries must be submitted via email August 31, 2021 (instructions for submission below). 
  • Paintings can have been completed at any time. For instance, they don’t have to have been painted in the last three or five years. 
  • All works must depict scenes from Ohio. 


  • All submissions will be accepted via email. Email one PDF document attachment to arts@mcconnellarts.orgwith the subject line OPAS 2021 Submission. In the body of the email, include your name and contact information. 
  • The PDF attachment needs to be titled “Artist First Name, Artist Last Name, Number of Works” For instance: “Jane Smith 3 Works” 
  • Submissions must be emailed to by the end of the day on August 31, 2021
  • Required in the PDF: 
    • Page 1: Artist Name, Phone Number and Email, and Short Artist Bio (two to five sentences long) 

○ Page 2: Artist Statement (one paragraph to one page long)

○ Pages 3-5: Up to 3 images of pieces. One page per piece. Each image must be labelled with Title, Artist Name, Date, Dimensions, and Location Painted (if not clear from the title of the work). 

  • Optional Addition: 
    • Artist CV or Resume (also on its own page) 


  • All artwork MUST BE framed and wired securely for hanging. 
  • Size limit: 36” x 48” 
  • McConnell Arts Center reserves the right to reject work that’s not framed or prepared for hanging. 
  • Any accepted work must be present at the MAC for the duration of the exhibition. No exceptions. 
  • Art Drop-Off is Monday, October 11, 2021 at the McConnell Arts Center. If you live out of Columbus and this date doesn’t work for you, we can work with you to arrange an earlier drop-off date. 
  • Please include name, title, and sale price on a label on the back of the painting. 
  • No shipping of paintings to the arts center.
  • McConnell Art Center takes a commission of 40% of the collected sales price of the works of art. The artists determine the price of each artwork. 


  • All paintings submitted for judging will be reviewed by our jurors September 8-17, 2021. ● Each artist member may submit up to 3 paintings to be judged. 
  • Each painting is judged on an individual basis. They’re not considered a group of pieces accepted or denied together. 
  • Selections will be announced to ALL ARTISTS, regarding paintings selected or not by September 27, 2021 
  • All juror decisions are final. 


  • August 31: Artists submissions DUE DATE
  • September 8-17: Jury selection process 
  • September 27: Artists are notified of works that have made the show 
  • October 11: Art Drop Off at McConnell Arts Center 
  • October 11-13: Installation 
  • October 14: Opening reception at McConnell Arts Center. All OPAS members are invited! 
  • October 14 – December 18: Exhibition Open 
  • December 18: Exhibition Closes 
  • January 3: De-installation
  • January 3-10: Art Pick-up 


  • McConnell Arts Center Contact: Erin Blue,, (614) 431-0329 
  • Ohio Plein Air Society Contact: Angela Gage,

2022 Exhibition:
Schumacher Gallery Exhibition

Show name to come

September – December 2022
The Schumacher Gallery is on the campus of Capital University in Bexley, Ohio

2023 Exhibition:
Zanesville Museum of Art Exhibition

Show name to come

September 2023 – January 2024
The Zanesville Museum of Art is excited to welcome members of the Ohio Plein Air Society back to their gallery during their Fall 2023 season.
More info and prospectus to come.

We are working on some upcoming workshops. Stay tuned for further announcements.


The following OPAS members teach classes, workshops and / or demos. Please contact these OPAS members directly to be added to their mailing lists.

Nancy B. Achberger
Phone: 1-513-505-2928
Carolyn E. Lewis
Phone: 330-929-4509
Debra Joyce Dawson
Phone: 740-927-3078
Jack Irwin Liberman
Phone: 330-666-1141
Mark Gingerich
Phone: 614-879-9347
Fran Mangino
Phone: 614-891-6558
Larry Golba
Phone: 419-891-1988
Chuck Marshall
Phone: 513-404-3161
Ray Hassard
Phone: 513-941-1116
Dino Massaroni
Phone: 330-388-9024
Chris Leeper
Phone: 330-718-0517
Vivian Ripley
Phone: 614-451-6254

Northeast Ohio Plein Air Festival

This year’s event has been greatly expanded. We will be able to paint anywhere in the northeast Ohio region between October 1, 2021 and October 23, 2021. On Saturday October 23rd we will come together for one afternoon of submission, judging, awards and reception.

Hope to see you there!

Hello all Northeast Ohio Plein Air Artists,

Here are the current details on this year’s Northeast Ohio Plein Air Festival. [More details will be shared as the situation evolves.]

I am very pleased to report the very generous support from our sponsors. Please take every opportunity to support these fine businesses as they have supported all of us.

Plein Air Magazine and Streamline Publishing remain front and center supporting our event. They have stuffed our goodie bags with paints, tube wringers, aprons, backpacks, art instruction videos and Plein Air magazines.

Gamblin has provided a voucher for our First Place Winner with a $500 value of Gamblin oil paints and art supplies.

Blick Art Materials is providing a generous Second and Third Place Prizes of $300 and $150, as well as an Artist Choice Award of Blick Art Material $50 Gift Certificates.

Judsons Art Outfitter/Guerrilla Painter for all the support and products offered to plein air painters over the years, see their online catalog of plein air supplies and equipment, educational material, and line of Guerrilla pochade boxes.

And Juilliard Art Space for hosting our reception and award ceremony, giving us a venue to gather, display and sell our art.

This year’s event has been greatly expanded. We will be able to paint anywhere in the northeast Ohio region between October 1, 2021 and October 23, 2021. On Saturday October 23rd we will come together for one afternoon of submission, judging, awards and reception. There will be a 2 hour window to register and submit your art from 10am until noon. Go get yourself a nice lunch in the area while we jury, judge and hang the show. The open reception and viewing with award ceremony will be from 2pm until 5.

I am very excited to share with you that we have a gallery space to exhibit and sell our participating art. It is the Juilliard 3rd Space Art Gallery in Canton, Ohio, at 600 Market Avenue, Canton, OH 44702. It has been great working with Kathy Pugh and she and the board have lowered their commission from sales from 30% to 20% for our event and for the exhibition period thru November24th, 2021.

There will be a registration process and fee this year so that we can build a kitty for future events and keep this event growing. Artists can submit up to 2 works for a $30 fee and $10 for additional qualifying art. We will try to make registration forms available online before the event.

All art should be framed and ready to hang ON A CENTRAL D-RING, this allows us to accept and hang more art .If submissions exceed the available space we will jury in the top 40 or so pieces and artists can take home any unaccepted art the same day. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded to the top art as selected from this year’s judge. Kathy has arranged for a judge this year who is a prominent art collector from this area. Unsold art can be retrieved on Saturday November 27th from 9-11am or Tuesday November 30th from 3-6pm, or by special arrangements with Kathy Pugh. We will also have an Artist’s Choice Award again this year. All participating artists present on October 23rd will be allowed to vote for his or her choice.

Please share these details with other artists and artists groups. We want to make this the areas largest plein air season wrap up event for all of you for years to come.

Again, please be sure to support our sponsors including Streamline Publishing, Plein Air Magazine, Blick Art Materials, Gamblin, Judsons Art Outfitter and 3rd Space Gallery and Juilliard Art Center. More details will be available on our facebook page as they become known.
Thank you,



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The Ohio Plein Air Society is a collection of artists and art lovers sharing a common interest in outdoor painting. While we recognize that all art is important, as a group we focus on painting, drawing, and other art forms completed on site, from direct observation, and outdoors. Our admiration for the world around us gives us reason to explore through art the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams, and beyond.  As a non-profit organization, OPAS welcomes and supports artists, patrons, educators, and enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, backgrounds and interests. We come together to paint and learn, to work in a supportive atmosphere, and to encourage each other by scheduling paint outs, workshops, competitions, critiques and group exhibitions. Each member may be as active as he or she chooses to be.

Membership to the Ohio Plein Air Society runs on a calendar year and currently is $50 per year. We also offer a student membership for $15 and anyone can also purchase a lifetime membership for $500. Simply pay online or download the form provided, print it, fill it out and mail it in with a check using the buttons below.

OPAS is proud to be at the forefront of the resurgent plein air movement in the United States. Our members now come from nearly every county in Ohio, and from each of the surrounding states.

For the purpose of shows and competitions, OPAS defines plein air as: Paintings should be 95% completed outside, on location, and from direct observation. No photography allowed. The painting must resemble the location. Multiple sessions are acceptable.




For a full list of our entire member roster, please click here.


As an OPAS member, you will have access to our lending library!
Click here to see the titles available as a member of OPAS.

Ohio Plein Air Society Officers

Debra Joyce Dawson – Presdient
Justine Collamore – Vice President
Bridgette Turner – Treasurer
Chris Leeper –  Board Secretary
Mary Ann Clady – Membership Secretary
Robin Roberts – Video Librarian
Mary Ann Clady, Justin Collamore, Debra Joyce Dawson, Chris Leeper, Jeff Stahler, Mary Jane Ward, Angela Gage, Sara Wilson Green and Tawnya Ramsey
Founding Members:
Richard Canfield, Kay Michelle Darling, Debra Joyce Dawson, Mark Gingerich, Tom Harbrecht and Richard Otten



These groups paint en plein air around Ohio on a regular basis. If you are looking for a group to paint with, try one of these:

Grand River Valley Painters – Serving artists in Lake, Ashtabula and northern Geauga counties.
To be added to the local email distribution, contact Robin Borer

Central Ohio Plein Air Painters (COPA)

Eastern Ohio Plein Air, This link opens an email to Nancy for more info.

SouthWest Ohio Plein Air  (SWOPA) Painters

Plein Air Artists of the Western Reserve

The GroupThis is a loose knit group of plein air artists that meet every Monday morning for breakfast, and then go and paint in the Marblehead area.

More coming as we hear about them
If you are a leader of one of these groups in Ohio, or know who is, please contact me.



We really appreciate all of our generous sponsors. We’d like to send a HUGE thank you to each and every one of them!



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