Interested in hosting a Paint Out? Need some guidance on how or when? Contact our Paint Out Coordinator, Carol Cosgrove.

 “Creation at the Station – Paint out and Live Auction” – Galion, Ohio

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7 am to 7 pm
Location – Galion Big Four Depot, 127 N Washington St., Galion, OH
OPAS Host: Carol Kable

Sponsors: Friends of the Big Four Depot (FBFD) & Brush and Palette Art Gallery
Contact number : 419-468-2944

The Big Four Depot is one of Galion’s pr-ized historic architectural buildings located on the east edge of downtown Galion. Built just prior to 1900, it is presently a restoration work in progress (visit Galion Depot, Inc on Facebook) There are also many other historic buildings and homes in Galion within walking or driving proximity of the Depot grounds. Lunch will be available at several privately owned downtown restaurants and national fast food chains. Drinking water will be available for donation.

Tentative day itinerary: 7:00 am to 8:30 am –check in/registration* There will be a $10.00 registration fee. Artists who donate a painting to the art auction (see below) will get 50% off the registration fee. Make all checks payable to: Friends of the Big Four Depot ( if mailing, send to P.O. Box 125, Galion Ohio 44833) Wet-Paint Sale — 3- 5 p.m. At the Pavilion on the Depot grounds. Please bring your own display stands. Artists may also bring other artwork with them to sell (at no commission) in addition to any work made on location and will handle their own sales.

Art auction- 5 p.m.- ? An art auction (also at the Pavilion) to benefit the restoration effort of the Galion Big Four Depot will consist of paintings, drawings and other art donated privately, corporately, and by artists who participate in the event. All proceeds to Galion Depot, Inc, the administrating board of the Depot project.

*Note: Pre-Registration is encouraged, but last minute attending artists are also welcome.

“Zoar Bicentennial Celebration” – Zoar, Ohio

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 am to ?
Location -198 E 3rd St, Zoar, OH 44697
Host: Kelsey 216 990 4638

We have been invited by the Historic Zoar Bicentennial committee to participate on this special day. This is a note from them.

2017 is our Bicentennial year, and with that we have many exciting events and programs planned. One of the new events we are planning is Maifest, set to take place May 20, 2017. Part of that particular celebration is in honor of the opening of an art gallery located in the renovated Bimeler House. The first exhibit will feature work from the Cleveland School of Artists, who came to paint the picturesque village in the first part of the 20th century.

We are hoping to have some painters come and demonstrate plein air painting as part of the one-day festival.  It would be an opportunity for visitors to the village to interact with artists who, while styles may differ, paint in a similar way to those who painted the pieces exhibited in the gallery. We will have some art supplies available for visitors to also try their hand at drawing and painting outdoors.

Come and paint for the day. We are welcome to sell our paintings later in the day. More info to come on this one.

8 am Paint anywhere in the village, Please check in with Kelsey when you arrive so she gets an idea of how many artists we have painting. (216 990 4638)
NOTE: At 9am they will be having the official national historic landmark dedication, which anyone is welcome to attend.
3-4 pm – Wet paint sale (Kelsey will be letting me know where this will be.)

“Gammon House Quick Paint” – Springfield, Ohio

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11 am to 4:00
Location –The Gammon House, 620 Piqua Pl, Springfield, OH 45506
Event – Juneteenth celebration
OPAS Host: Robine Wright

Ohio Plein Air Society paint out at The Gammon House Juneteenth celebration, in collaboration with the Springfield Museum of Art. SMoA is collaborating on the event by providing a hands-on watercolor experience at the paint out and either the conference gallery or Beach gallery for a follow up show of works created that day.  Hopefully we can line the show up with the opening of the interior of the Gammon House (which should be in June or July). The Gammon House will provide a “judge” for the paint out, and a tent for the SMoA watercolor station or the paint out artists if they need one. The water may not yet be turned on at the site so we should all be prepared to bring our own water, but hopefully be pleasantly surprised to find the contractor work on schedule and water flowing at the outside tap.  There will be porta-johns.

Schedule of the day: 11am artists sign-in, 12-3 painting, 3:30 judging for first, second, and third place prizes.

Awards will be announced from the stage as part of the program.

The Springfield Museum of Art wants to do an exhibit of the work in November.  It is to promote the Gammon House. The paintings need to be available for that event.  For more info on this event and the Gammon House:

“Historic Litzenberg Memorial Woods Paint Out” – Findlay, Ohio

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time – See schedule below
Location – Litzenberg Memorial Woods
OPAS Host: Sharon Hammer Baker

Celebrate early summer in northwest Ohio! Join us for the fourth annual Hancock Park District Plein Air Paint-Out at the historic Litzenberg Memorial Woods 6 miles west of Findlay on SR 224

Artists in all plein air media are welcome

9-10 am Registration/Check-in at the barn
9-12 Paint in your choice of 1840s farmstead, garden, meadow, prairie, woods or river bottom+
12-1 pm Lunch*
1-3 Paint +
3-4 Gathering in the barn to share the day’s works with other artists and park visitors

*Bring your own and join other artists in the barn or visit restaurants in Findlay

+In case of rain, there are several sites under cover where you can work

Restrooms, snacks and beverages available all day at the barn
This is a non-competitive event and there is no registration fee

To pre-register or for more information contact Sharon Hammer Baker at

“Combined Paint Out with IPAPA Artists” – Richmond Art Museum – Richmond, IN

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, July 8, 2017 (times to come)
Location – Richmond Art Museum,350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana 47374-0816
OPAS/IPAPA Host: Lance Crow

This is a combined paint out with our neighbors from the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA)

More Info To Come

2018 Curated Show at the Riffe Gallery and Southern Ohio Museum

The Ohio Plein Air Society Show: Creating Identity from Place
At The Riffe Gallery in Columbus, then traveling to the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth

A curated, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition

Show dates:
At the Riffe Gallery: July 26 – October 13, 2018
At the SOM: January 26 – April (?), 2019

Download Printable Prospectus/Letter

ENTRIES to be considered by the Curator, Charlotte Gordon:
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2017
Images –  3 sent by email or DVD. See info below.
Entry Fee: FREE.  These entries are not what you are hoping to get into the show, rather entries to peek the interest for the curator

A letter from our curator, Charlotte Gordon, Artistic Director, Southern Ohio Museum:

Dear Ohio Plein Air Society painters,

I have accepted the challenge, both exhilarating and daunting, to curate an exhibition of the Ohio Plein Air Society painters, a group I have come to respect through many years of interaction. This exhibition will open at the Riffe Gallery in July, 2018, and then open at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center in January, 2019. The exhibition is underwritten by the Ohio Arts Council. 

Not taking this task lightly, I have been reflecting deeply on the concept of identity of place, how we are effected by place, and how the two are inextricably intertwined. Place identity is a core concept in the field of environmental psychology which proposes that identities form in relation and response to environments, and is a concept upon which many psychological theories of human–environment relations are built.

Neighborhood foods, smells, materials, and structures can tell us a lot about who lives, works, and visits there. The narratives we hold from the memories of those spaces and places help to shape who we are. Rolling hills, flat plains, water- both still and moving- contribute to our self-perceptions.

Plein Air painters deepen our understanding, our perception of, and our response to our environment and heighten our awareness of our surroundings, recording specifics of time, place, light, color, and feel of place- the facts of the landscape surrounding us.

Ohio offers unique environs which, in turn, contributes to our distinctive identity and place within the Midwest and the entire Country. While the scenery may shift from River to Lake, from Pennsylvania to Indiana, it remains singularly Ohio.

It is with these sentiments in mind, that I undertake my assignment.

If you wish to be considered for the exhibition, Creating Identity from Place, please submit to me 3 images that represent your work at the addresses provided below. These are not the images that will be selected for the exhibition, but images from which I will form a list of studios to visit over the coming months. Please include an email, mailing address, and phone number.

Only members in good standing with OPAS can be considered for this exhibition, so check on your dues!

Please look at the calendar carefully. The works will be committed for 10 months. The possession of paintings sold will occur after the closing at Southern Ohio Museum.

I appreciate all that OPAS brings to Ohio. You are an important, vital group.

Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you.


Charlotte Gordon
Artistic Director
Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH

Please send images to:

Digital Email submissions to:
Or Photo submissions: PO box 990, Portsmouth, OH 45662

“Creating Identity from Place”

Exhibition Timeline:

April 1, 2017- submission of representative images due

April- October 2017- Studio visits

November 1- Notification of those accepted/declined

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

2017 Best of OPAS show at CMA

The Ohio Plein Air Society Show: The Best of OPAS
At The Columbus Museum of Art
A Juried, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition
Friday March 3, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017

• The exhibition officially ends Sunday, June 18, 2017
• Pick-up date is: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6/18/17 – Show concludes.
6/20/17 – Pick up unsold Art at The Columbus Museum of Art

• Address for The Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
• The OPAS chairs for this show are Robin Roberts and Tamar Rudavsky

The 14th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2017
The 2017 Ohio Plein Air Society Competition will be held in Cuyahoga County

We will begin stamping at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 28 and you can start painting on Thursday night if you wish. We will again be collaborating with BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140. This will be the location of stamping and the competition activities on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

NOTE: Times have changed this year to allow you to start painting on Thursday night or first thing Friday morning.

NEW THIS YEAR: Giancarlo Calicchia Open Studio Reception, Friday evening, Sept. 29, (times to come) 722 Literary Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113
Giancarlo is an artist, master sculptor, and founder of Calicchia Stone Industries Inc. Check out his website for more:
A great opportunity to gather in the Tremont area of Cleveland. We can then hang around afterwards and paint nocturnes in the area.

GALLERY SHOW: BAYarts is offering to have a month-long show of work created during the weekend in their gallery. More info to come.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

JUDGE: Dawn Whitelaw

Two ways to register and pay below. You can register & pay online! We make it easy to register and pay in full online with any major credit card or with PayPal. You can also register or pay a deposit by printing and filling out the registration form once it is available and mail your check or money order, payable to OPAS  to: OPAS Treasurer, P.O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

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ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists


• CUYAHOGA COUNTY is the area for the Competition, including the Cuyahoga National Forest

•There are many beautiful areas to paint in/around Bay Village, OH and throughout Cuyahoga County

•Although you can paint anywhere in the county, we will have even more ‘special sites’ available where artists can paint this year. As in previous years, we will have information (addresses, descriptions, etc.) in your packets and photos of the areas at BAYarts.

JUDGE: We are excited to announce that Dawn Whitelaw will be our distinguished juror this year!
Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.  She is a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters and a charter member of the Chestnut Group.  Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman. In recent years, The Plein Air Convention and Expo featured her as an instructor in their conventions in Nevada and California and she was on the faculty for the first Plein Air South event.  She currently travels the country to conduct workshops in oil painting principles and drawing.  Dawn is an enthusiastic plein air painter receiving 2nd place awards in the Door County Plein Air Festival in both 2014 and 2015.  In recent years, she has won awards in The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, the Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out and in Plein Air Richmond.

Dawn will also conduct a 3-day workshop following the competition. For more info, click on the workshop tab above, or Click here to register!


•Best of Show $1000

•1st Place $750; 2nd Place $500; 3rd Place $350

•Artists’ Choice Award $300

•Up to Five Honorable Mention Awards $150 each

•QuickDraw winner receives amount collected ($10 to participate)

•Several “Awards of Excellence”; will be announced at the Competition!

ENTRY FEES (non-refundable)

•Competition Fees:

◦OPAS Members: $50

◦Non-OPAS Members: $80

◦QuickDraw Competition (optional): $10 cash day of event

•Checks made payable to Ohio Plein Air Society or you may enter online and pay through PayPal

•Mail check with completed entry form before Monday, September 25, 2017, to:
ATTN: Competition Entry
PO Box 14926
Columbus, OH 43214

DISCLAIMER: We’re a non-profit that is run by volunteers. We will do our best to keep you safe, but painting outdoors is inherently risky. You may be run over by a car or a cow, struck by lightning, fall off a curb or a cliff or get poison ivy. Therefore, if you participate, you do so at your own risk – to life, limb, and art work.

CHECK-IN & SURFACE STAMPING – BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio

Artists must be preregistered, checked-in, and have their painting surfaces stamped before painting. Unstamped surfaces will NOT be eligible for judging nor the ‘wet paint’ sales. OPAS will stamp only plain, unpainted canvas, panels, or watermedia/pastel paper or paper/board supports. Surfaces may be toned with a uniform ground.


• All sales go through BAYarts. Sales during the competition and wet paint sale are subject to a 30% commission rate.

•There will be a designated area for participating artists to Show and Sell other paintings done during the competition weekend on Sunday, Oct. 1, near BAYarts

•Only work completed during the Competition will be eligible for the Wet Paint Sale.


Thursday, Sept. 28 – EARLY STAMPING THIS YEAR!

•6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artists will be able to check-in and get canvases STAMPED EARLY this year.


•8:00 a.m. – 10:00 am Check-in/Stamping at BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio


•8:00-10:00 AM – Check-in/Stamping @ BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio

•7 PM – 9 PM Pot Luck Dinner and Social – BAYarts


•9:00 – 10:00 AM – Competition Painting Delivery to BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road Bay Village, Ohio 44140
IMPORTANT: If your painting is not delivered by 10:00 AM your painting will not be entered in the jurying

•10:00 – 10:30 – QuickDraw Registration

•10:30 – 12:30 – QuickDraw Competition IMPORTANT NOTE: The QuickDraw is 2 hours again this year. You must return with your painting BEFORE 12:30 to be eligible

•10:00 – 11:30 – Judging for Competition

•12:00 – 2:00 Competition painting area open for public viewing

•12:30-1:00 – Judging for Quick Draw

•1:00 PM – Awards Presentation

•10:00 – 2:00 PM – Wet Paint Show/Sale Only works created over the weekend (with stamp) are eligible for the wet paint sale

Please check our Facebook page for information about groups renting rooms/houses, etc.

A Plein Air WORKSHOP with Award Winning Artist, Dawn Whitelaw, AISM

WHEN? Monday, Oct. 2 through Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
WHERE? Home base will be at BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio


Two ways to register and pay below. You can register & pay online! We make it easy to register and pay in full online with any major credit card or with PayPal. You can also register or pay a deposit by printing and filling out the registration form by clicking on the “Download Form” button and mail your check or money order, payable to OPAS  to: OPAS Treasurer, P.O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

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Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin, Tennessee. She is a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters and a charter member of the Chestnut Group. Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman. In recent years, The Plein Air Convention and Expo featured her as an instructor in their conventions in Nevada and California and she was on the faculty for the first Plein Air South event. She currently travels the country to conduct workshops in oil painting principles and drawing. Dawn is an enthusiastic plein air painter receiving 2nd place awards in the Door County Plein Air Festival in both 2014 and 2015. In recent years, she has won awards in The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, the Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out and in Plein Air Richmond.

Painting Plein air is one of the best ways to improve painting skills.
This class will focus on bringing up the level of basic painting skills such as design, color harmony, drawing, brushwork and edges. The goal for the class is not to change participants style or basic approach, but to help refine and define personal viewpoints. Class size is limited to maximize individual instruction. Demo, lecture, group instruction and critique round out the class.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: All fees and registration materials must be submitted by Sept. 18, 2017. 

◦A $250 deposit is due upon registration in order to save your place in the workshop and is refundable up until Sept. 18, 2017, less a non-refundable $100 administration fee.

◦The balance due must be paid prior to Sept. 18, 2017; after that date, all payments are nonrefundable.

◦Workshops cancelled by the Ohio Plein Air Society will be promptly and fully refunded.

By registering you will automatically accept the above terms and rules and absolve the Ohio Plein Air Society from all liability that may arise as a result of your participation in any workshop at its locations.


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

Mary Ann Davis
Phone: 317-254-1286
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

Decatur Plein Air Paint Out and Sculpture Tour

Friday, June 9, 2017 In and around downtown Decatur, Indiana

Cash awards:  1st place – $250      2nd place – $150      3rd place – $100

Decatur has a beautiful downtown area with many interesting buildings, streets, and homes just waiting to be painted. The “Paint Out” will be held in conjunction with the Decatur Sculpture Tour unveiling and activities.

Registration fee is $10, which includes lunch. Registrations must be postmarked no later than May 26, 2017.  The event will be held rain or shine.

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2-3 pm

  • Check-in at the tent in front of the Adams County Courthouse on
    nd Street in downtown Decatur.
  • Have your canvas stamped by a “Paint Out” representative. Only stamped work completed on Friday will be judged. A maximum of two paintings may be submitted for judging.
  • Artists must provide their own canvas and easel.

6:30 pm

  • Return to the tent to submit your painting/s for judging. After judging, art must be displayed in the Courthouse tent until 8:00 p.m. Artwork sold while in the tent also must remain on display until 8:00 p.m. As a courtesy, if you paint a downtown building or home, please offer it to the owner before you offer it to the public.

8:00 pm

  • Artists may pick up their unsold art. The Decatur Sculpture Tour will retain 25 percent of sale proceeds, so please price your paintings accordingly and within your current pricing structure.

Paint Out Event Coordinator:  Cheri Scherry,, 260-223-7828

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The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association announce the Landscape2017, juried art exhibition to heighten public awareness of preserving local greenspaces through art. For 2017, photography and 3D hanging art have been added to the competition.

Annually a different location in the Fairborn, OH and/or Medway area is chosen as the subject of the paintings. The 2017 location is the Estel Wenrick Wetlands and the Mad River Entrance, which is the area east and west of Spangler Road, north of Interstate 70.

The juried competition is open to all artists 16 years and older, living within 200 miles of Fairborn, OH. Work may be oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, print, drawing, mixed media, photography or 3D hanging art less than 5 lbs in weight. Size many not exceed 30 x 40 inches. A non-refundable entry fee of $20 for a total of 3 works must accompany the entry form. All entries will be received at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 North Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH (in the rear of the building) on July 2, 2017, during the hours of 1-3pm and 5-7pm.

The judge for Landscapes2017 is Ms. Jean Koeller. Ms. Koeller teaches painting at Stivers School for the Arts. She received her BFA from Wright State University and she also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as an undergraduate. Her MFA in paining was granted by Parsons School of Art and Design. Ms. Koeller has received numerous grants and awards, and she has works in public and private collections all around the US.

The award ceremony with cash prizes at the opening reception will be held on July 9, 2017 at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery.

For additional information, please contact Bob Coates at 937-689-4855 or email or email

Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival

The Plein Air Art Festival will begin on Friday, July 14 when more than 30 plein air artists across the Midwest will arrive to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday, July 16

To participate, complete the 2017 Plein Air Art Festival Registration Form by Monday, July 10.

Plein air artists will be painting scenes across the grounds, and Lakesiders are invited to watch them paint throughout the weekend.

This three-day event ends on Sunday, July 16 with a collaborative effort blending the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival and the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society (LWBS) at the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show.

A Plein Air Paint out will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. on Sunday along the shoreline and in Central Park.

Children are invited to paint south of the Pavilion from 1-3:30 p.m. for a fee of $2. Proceeds support the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts.

Paintings that were completed by the plein air artists throughout the entire weekend will be available for purchase during the Wet Paint Sale, held south of the Pavilion from 2:30-4 p.m.


Prior to registering, please review the Plein Air Art Festival Information. To participate, complete the 2017 Plein Air Art Festival Registration Form by Monday, July 10. For questions, contact or (419) 798-4461, ext. 347.



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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.

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 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

Robin Roberts – President
Ann Grimaldi – Vice President
Bridget Turner – Treasurer
Doreen St. John – Board Secretary
Tamar Rudavsky – Membership Secretary/Librarian
Carol Cosgrove – Paint Out Czar


Suzi Havens-Bezaire, Chuck Marshall, Robin Roberts, Tamar Rudavsky, Doreen St. John, Bridgette Turner

Founding Members:

Richard Canfield, Kay Michelle Darling, Debra Joyce Dawson, Mark Gingerich, Tom Harbrecht, John Hoberg and Richard Otten



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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