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)
◦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.
WET PAINT SALES/SHOW
• 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.
Friday, Sept. 29 – COMPETITION: PAINTINGS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
•8:00 a.m. – 10:00 am Check-in/Stamping at BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio
Saturday, Sept. 30 – COMPETITION: PAINTINGS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
•8:00-10:00 AM – Check-in/Stamping @ BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio
•7 PM – 9 PM Pot Luck Dinner and Social – BAYarts
Sunday, Oct. 1 – COMPETITION: PAINTINGS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO (Times are subject to change)
•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
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