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

“Homewood Farm Paint Out” – Mt. Vernon, OH

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 9am – 3pm
Location/Registration –Homewood Farm, 19520 Nunda Road, Howard OH 43028, #740-398-7995
OPAS Host: Karen LaValley

Karen’s friend, Janet Kohr, has invited OPAS to paint on her property, Homewood Farm,  about 10 miles North of Mount Vernon. She has acres of land, ponds, wildflowers, beautiful prairie grasses, vistas and an old barn. Janet has a golf cart if any artists need it to get around.  Karen says it’s a beautiful painting location and is our OPAS host.

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“Paint Out at Glacier Ridge Metro Park” – Columbus, OH

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Date and time – Sunday, Aug. 5, 2017, 9am – 1:30pm
Location –Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City, OH
OPAS Host: Carol Cosgrove

Paint at the park 9-1:00, then head one mile north to the home of Carol Cosgrove for pot luck meal at 10537 Spindle Lane, Plain City

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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

2018 Juried Show at Group Ten Gallery in Kent, OH

The Ohio Plein Air Society Show
Show dates:
May 16-June 23, 2018

Lots of details to come on this one.

Right now we know that Jody Crow has agreed to be the OPAS Chair for this show.

The opening reception will be Friday May 18, 2018 from 5-8.

Group Ten Gallery website:
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9;00-5;00 and Saturdays 12:00-5:00

Registration is officially Closed for the 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

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

•Sponsor Award

•Three 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

Peninsula Art Academy Fall Colors Plein Air Competition – Oct. 13-15

In celebrating the beauty and significance of the Cuyahoga Valley, the Peninsula Art Academy presents Plein Air Peninsula 2017 Fall Colors. This year’s second Plein Air event will celebrate the peak colors of the autumn and will again take place in the Village of Peninsula and the surrounding Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Plein Air Peninsula 2017 will be held October 13, 14, and 15, 2017. A juried exhibit of many of the works created during the competition will be on display and available for sale at the Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill Street, Peninsula, October 20th through November 12th, 2017.

Awards will be presented at the artists’ reception on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 6-9pm at the Peninsula Art Academy.

Judging and Prizes: Awards will include: Best of show: $750.00, Second place: $500.00, Third place: $250.00, Honorable Mentions, and the People’s Choice award.

This year we are pleased to welcome Judge David Rankin, S.A.A., A.F.C., O.W.S

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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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