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Upcoming OPAS Events


“From the Inside OUT: in and out the window”
Here’s an idea to get us through the chilly winter!  Do one painting, or many, of a view out or in a window from observation Feb. 1- 28.  Post on the OPAS Facebook page! Optional: Submit your results to by Feb. 28. Include your name, size of work, medium, and price if for sale with your contact information for any sales. We will make an album to share with members on our Facebook page.
Email JPG images by Feb 28 to or

Beautiful Plein Air painting
by Tonya Ramsey
You, too, can paint a view from any window, but in the spirit of our organization, make it observational work only (not from photos), even as we paint inside out! You may choose to just paint the view outside or may include the actual window and indoor details. 
The work can be done morning, noon, or night! The idea is to be actively painting what you see outside your own or someone else’s window.

MANY artists have been inspired by window views, and they can serve as your inspiration!


Check back for more information.


Roscoe Village Paint Out
April 9, 2022
SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Coshocton County
Address: Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman St. Coshocton, OH 43812
Meeting Place: Check-in for snacks, beverages, and map, in front of the Warehouse Restaurant 400 Whitewoman St. between 10:00 – 11:00 am
RSVP: Tonya Ramsey

Roscoe Village
General Store

Roscoe Village, a restored Ohio and Erie Canal town, sets the scene as the 1830s port town reveals a glimpse into what it would be like to live a day in the life. The entire village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the highlights include the 1840’s Toll House, The Roscoe General Store built-in 1870, a blacksmith’s, and a canal boat. There are many lovely restored buildings

Please note: Artists must be careful to not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks which are very narrow. Most of the gardens and the interiors of buildings will be off-limits to painting. Be aware that the entrance into the village and on the streets is free. However, to visit inside the buildings, Roscoe Village charges admission for self-guided tours: Adults: $11.00, Seniors: $10.00, Students: $7.00.

Yellow Springs Paint Out
Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Both Days Greene County
Meeting Place: Downtown Yellow Springs, and various locations.
Host: Local OPAS contact , Sara Green,
RSVP’s would be welcome with the approximate time of arrival but are not required.
Parking: S. Walnut Street which will likely be the meeting spot, tbd.

Clifton Mill
Unique Shops

There’s so much to paint! Come for one day or stay for two!

Why paint here? Yellow Springs is a quaint historic town that is a great place to paint. The downtown is small, colorful, picturesque, and accessible with Mills Park Hotel right downtown, along with numerous restaurants and shops. Close to: Clifton Mill and Gorge, Glen Helen Nature Preserve with “the” Yellow Spring and Youngs Dairy Farm. More details to follow.


Marietta & Harmar Village
Saturday, May 7th & Sunday, May 8th, 2022 Washington County
Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (or until you want to quit)
Sunday, 9:00 AM – NOON (but you can paint as long as you like)                            
Address: 165 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750
Host: Cynthia Davis of Hive Alive;  RSVP to 
A historic river town that offers a lot.

Welcome to Washington County’s Marietta, Ohio: A historic charming town on the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, rich in both history and natural beauty. National Geographic lists Marietta as one of the best “adventure towns” in the country. You will find the history of Ohio around every street corner in Marietta. Enjoy painting one of the historic locations in Marietta, paint the beautiful view from Ohio Riverfront Park or Lookout Point, and wind down the day with a happy hour get-together on Saturday, 5 pm at Marietta Brewing Company, and weather permitting, painting a nocturne along the riverfront park.

The Castle Historic Museum House
Train Depot

Historic Locations in or near Marietta:

Ohio River Museum • Campus Maritus Museum • The Castle Historic House Museum
Historic Village of Harmar • Armory Square • Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Henry Fearing House • Oliver Tucker House • Constitution Station
Belpre Farmers Castle Museum • The Anchorage in Harmar Village

Suggested place to stay: The Lafayette Hotel located on the Riverfront, a lovely building from 1918, with period charm, parking & a central location.


Zanesville Paint Out                               
JUNE 11, 2022 Muskingham County
SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Host: Sara Green: RSVP’s welcome but not required: 937-271-3640;
Additional Host and possible meeting place and collaboration: The Artist Loft: 26 N. 3rd St. (rear), Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Zanesville is a lovely Ohio town with many historic places to fit with our theme: “A brush with History: Painting Ohio’s Historic Past”.

Working locks and canals, a downtown with historic buildings, the Muskingham River with the Lorena Steamhouse River Boat, and the famous Y bridge. Within a short drive, you can also find Matthews House, a local historic beauty, and McIntire Terrace Historic District which has distinct Victorian homes. More details to follow including maps, area attractions, time/meeting place.

Zanesville, founded in 1800 by Ebenzer Zane, is the Muskingham County Seat. 
• The National Road courses through Zanesville, where you can find a local museum on its history that also focuses on Zanesville’s famous son, the author Zane Grey.
• The city and area are historically known for their pottery. It was also famous for a COVERED Y bridge, now unfortunately replaced by a modern Y bridge, which is still unique!
• The Zanesville Museum of Art hosts an Annual Juried Ohio Exhibition each year that you might want to enter in 2022, and the Museum will host an exhibition of OPAS Members paintings, in 2023. Their permanent collection has a wonderful selection of art and ceramics.
• Downtown you can find the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio and Gallery at 110 South 6th Street and this may be an alternative meeting spot. 

JUNE 25, 2022 Tuscarawas County
SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: The Zoar Store & Visitor’s Center, 198 Main St., Zoar, Ohio 44697
Host: Katy Cusano, no RSVP required.
Rain Cancels this paintout.
Why paint here?
  There are many historic buildings and lovely gardens in Zoar to inspire your paintings. Zoar was founded in 1817 by a group of over 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. These Separatists thrived as a unique society for more than 80 years, making Zoar Village one of the most successful communal settlements in American history.


East Liverpool Paint Out and Wet Paint Sale
JULY 2, 2022 Columbiana County          
Host: Sheri Liebschner
Time: All day – Sidewalk Show & Sale in the afternoon
Home Base: Museum of Ceramics
Address: 400 East Fifth Street, East Liverpool, OH 43920
Phone: 330-386-6001 
Artists will be painting in conjunction with the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association All-Class Reunion. This event is historically very well-attended, and many people come in from around the country to meet up with former classmates and friends. With lots of nostalgia in the air and people downtown, it should be a fun environment to paint in and a great time to show and sell East Liverpool art. This is a joint event with OPAS and the Eastern Ohio Plein Air Club. More details to follow.

Downtown TROY Paint Out
JULY 23, 2022 Miami County          
SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Check-in 9:00-10:00 AM: at the Farmers Market on S. Cherry Street. Look for the TROY MAIN STREET booth. Parking is free and not monitored on Saturdays.
9:00 AM – 3:45 PM: Choose a location(s) and paint!
4:00 PM: ‘Wet Sale’ at the green space on Prouty Plaza. Artists market their own work and determine methods of payment. Please provide your own easel for displaying your work.
Register by July 20: email Julie –
Can’t decide ‘til the last minute to join us? No problem, you can register at the event. Troy Main Street is excited to host OPAS this summer! 

Downtown Shops

ARTISTS! Come and paint in charming, historic downtown Troy! Our sites fit in perfectly with the OPAS theme “A Brush with History; Painting Ohio’s Historic Places”. On Saturday, July 23, 2022, Troy Main Street is hosting you as our guest artists as part of our public art initiative. As a Plein Air Artist, you can choose your subject matter from various sites within a few blocks of Troy’s beautiful public square. You could set up your easel in front of the historic courthouse, Hayner Cultural Center, a fountain, churches, historic buildings, farmers market, the river levee, and its bridges, and much more. Any art medium is welcome! • After a day of painting, we will set up in the green space on Prouty Plaza for a “wet sale”.  There will not be a competition. The public will be invited to purchase your works, and there is not a commission if you sell your work.


Millersburg Paint Out
Friday, September 9 & Saturday, September 10, 2022 – Holmes County
Host: Historic Downtown Millersburg, local contact Judy @ 330-674-2412
OPAS contact: Tonya Ramsey – please RSVP
Friday: Painting historic buildings, rolling farmland, barns, and vineyards are all part of this paintout weekend at various locations around Millersburg.
Saturday: Paint Historic Downtown Millersburg. The town is sponsoring art events that will be happening in the village, and they are happy to have OPAS be part of the event.
WET PAINT SALE: display and sell work at the park in front of the Courthouse. 

On Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM: we’ll be painting at an old Amish barn and farm, a lovely vineyard, and a scenic overlook of the rolling Holmes County countryside. Maps and location info will be distributed as they become available. Check the newsletter and the OPAS website listing of this event for more information.

On Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, September 10th, our painting location will be historic downtown Millersburg. The Victorian-era downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Artists are welcome to set up easels on the Courthouse square from 12-5 pm on Saturday for a wet paint show and sale. More details will follow, see the OPAS website listing for more info.

New Philadelphia Paint Out
SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, 2022 – Tuscarawas County. Now in its second year, the Arts and Farms Event is hosted by the Tuscarawas Arts Partnership.
Why paint here? America’s farms are disappearing at a rapid pace, so this is your chance to paint on a small privately owned farm. The Arts and Farms event will be held at a charming working farm with animals, barns, farm machinery, beehives, and lovely rolling farmland. Painting will take place on the farm on Day 1, and part of Day 2, followed by a fundraising event showcasing the art created and the opportunity to sell your work. The 2022 event is still in the planning stage.
*OPAS promises nothing, but many works of art were sold in 2021. Live music and ‘heavy hors d’oeuvres’ were served at the early evening event. But, the opportunity to paint on a working farm and mingle with the animals, owners, and the public was a great deal of fun, and very educational, too. 

19th Annual OPAS Competition
SEPTEMBER 22 – 25, 2022 – Richland County
HOME BASE: Mansfield Art Center
Address: 700 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44906
Chair: Mary Ann Clady

Click for more Annual Competition Details


ASHTABULA and Geneva-on-the-Lake Paint Out
OCTOBER 8 & 9, 2022 – Ashtabula County
FRIDAY & SATURDAY  This is the weekend of the Covered Bridge Festival
Festival Times: Saturday 8:00AM – 4:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM – NOON
Host: Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W, 13th Street, Ashtabula, OH
OPAS contact: TBD  

Famous Covered Bridges
Historic Harbor

Painting bridges and Lake Erie: We will have the opportunity to paint the many bridges in Ashtabula County, the historic Ashtabula Harbor, and the retro amusement village of Geneva-on-the-Lake. There are 19 covered bridges in Ashtabula County, the oldest dating back to 1867, and the longest, Smolen-Gulf, reaching a length of 613 feet. Ashtabula is also known as Ohio’s wine country.


Lynds Fruit Tree Farm Paint Out
Saturday, December 8 & 9, 2022 – Licking County
Address: 9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM or until you get cold
OPAS contact: Debra Dawson – RSVP requested
Debra will be at the market parking lot at the crossroads of Rt. 310 and Morse Rd. If you are new to this paintout, she will give you a driving tour of the orchards. Return to the market at 11:30 AM to share your work.
Potluck at Dawson home if Covid permits.


OPAS Exhibition 2022
“A brush with history: painting Ohio’s historic places”
Schumacher Gallery, Bexley, Ohio. 1 College and E. Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
Dates: September 6 – December 9, 2022
Juror: Paul Hamilton
Online Entry Process to come.

Opening Reception: September 8, 5-7 PM
Co-Chairs: Jeff Stahler and Justin Collamore


OPAS Exhibition 2023
Zanesville Museum of Art Exhibition
Tentative Dates: Wednesday, September 6, 2023–Saturday, January 13, 2024
Chair: Debra Joyce Dawson


OPAS Exhibition 2025
Canton Museum of Art
Chair: Chris Leeper
Dates: TBD



Ann Larsen Plein Air Painting

Click here for: Ann Larsen 3-Day Workshop – “Creating Harmony in Plein Air Painting”
March 27 – 29, 2022
9:00 – to 4:30 pm each day

coming soon


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

Debra Joyce Dawson
Phone: 740-927-3078

Mark Gingerich
Phone: 614-879-9347

Larry Golba
Phone: 419-891-1988

Ray Hassard
Phone: 513-941-1116

Chris Leeper
Phone: 330-718-0517

Dino Massaroni
Phone: 330-388-9024

Vivian Ripley
Phone: 614-451-6254

“OPAS Annual Meeting”
Live and in Person!

DATE: Saturday, March 26, 2022
TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Franklin County
ADDRESS: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Columbus, OH 43085
Phone: 614-431-0329    

**** PLEASE RSVP via email to:

Continental breakfast provided by OPAS. Breakfast precedes the Business Meeting with the Election of Officers and Trustees. Artist Talk, Lunch & Silent Auction of Member Paintings, and live demo from our Featured Artist, Ann Larsen!

A 3-day workshop will also be offered on Sunday – Tuesday, March 27-29, 2022.
Click here for workshop registration.



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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
Justin 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:


Central Ohio Plein Air Painters (COPA)

Eastern Ohio Plein Air  

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

Plein Air Artists of the Western Reserve

SouthWest Ohio Plein Air  (SWOPA) Painters

The Group This 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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