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

“Quick Paint during Holiday in the City” – Springfield, OH

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, 5 – 8:30 pm
Location/Registration –Springfield’s State Theater, 19 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45502
OPAS Host: Robine Wright

  • $500 award for first place, ribbons for 2nd and 3rd
  • Mark Gingerich, a founding member of OPAS will be the judge
  • The event officially begins at 5:00 PM and concludes with the fireworks at 7:30 PM
  • Paintings should be in place at the state theater by 7:30, judging announced at 8:00 PM
  • Registration will be at the State Theater beginning at 4:30 PM
  • Artists will split sales with the event on a 70/30 basis (i.e. – 70% to the artist). Checks will be mailed afterwards
  • Paintings will be displayed in the outer lobby area of the State Theater during the fireworks show

More info to come

“Paint Out at Lynd’s Orchard” – Pataskala, OH

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Date and time – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 9am – 1:30pm
Location –Lynd’s Orchards, 9090 Morse Rd, Pataskala, intersection of Morse Rd & 310
OPAS Host: Debra Martin

This paint out will be followed by a potluck at the home of Debra and Martin Dawson.

2018 Juried Show at Group Ten Gallery in Kent, OH

The Ohio Plein Air Society Show
Show dates:
May 19-June 22, 2018
The opening reception will be Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6-8:30 pm with a quick paint beforehand. More info to come.

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

Click here to download the prospectus as a PDF

­­­­­The Ohio Plein Air Society Show: The Best of OPAS II
At Group Ten Gallery in Kent, Ohio
A Juried, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition
Saturday, May 19th – Friday, June 22nd, 201
Entry Deadline: March 31, 2018
Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
This juried event will celebrate the plein air tradition by exhibiting, promoting, and selling an exclusive group
of works painted outdoors in the true spirit of plein air painting. Our juror will select the finest plein air works
from members of the Ohio Plein Air Society. We will celebrate at an opening on Saturday, May 19, 2018,
6:00 – 8:30 PM.
 We will hold a Quick-Paint prior to the reception. More info to come at a later date.There is no theme for this show. Please submit your very best plein air work.ENTRY DEADLINE:
· All entries must be submitted via Online Juried Shows ( by March 31, 2018. An entry start date has not been determined
· Artists MUST be members of the Ohio Plein Air Society to submit their works. Go to or call 419-606-1620 for membership informationENTRIES AND FEES:
· A non-refundable application fee of $25 will be collected from each artist submitting their works.
· This fee is payable online only by credit card via Online Juried Shows (
· Each artist may submit a maximum of 3 painting images
· This is strictly a juried showCONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:

• All submissions MUST BE ORIGINAL PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS (at least 90% done on location)
· Paintings should be completed within the last two years
· Our juror will be choosing works they feel best represent the spirit of PLEIN AIR
· Please submit your best PLEIN AIR work only, no studio work
· All artwork MUST BE framed, and wired securely for hanging in a fine art gallery setting
· Works on paper and mediums susceptible to smearing/smudging MUST BE protected under glass or plexiglas.
· Group Ten Gallery reserves the right to reject any artwork deemed improperly framed or improperly prepared for hanging
· Any work accepted to the juried show MUST BE present for the duration of the scheduled exhibition
· All work must be for sale

· Juror to be announced
· All paintings submitted for judging will be reviewed by our juror between the dates of April 1, 2018 and April 8, 2018
· Each artist member may submit up to 3 paintings to be judged
· Each artist accepted will have a minimum of one painting in the show and a max of two paintings
· Each painting is judged on an individual basis and, therefore, considered on an individual basis for exhibition as well, not as a group
· Selections will be announced to ALL ARTISTS, regarding paintings selected or not, via Online Juried Shows by April 16, 2018

· Drop-Off date is Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 12-5 pm
· Group Ten Gallery, 201 East Erie Street, Kent, OH 44240
· No shipping of paintings. We encourage group collaboration for delivery

· A predetermined sales price MUST BE provided by the artist for each painting submitted to the show via Online Juried Shows
· Prior to receiving the money from a sale, the artist must complete a 2018 W9 form for tax purposes
· Group Ten Gallery will receive 30% commission for each sale, with the artist receiving 70% of sales and it will be paid at the show’s completion via check and mailed to the address provided in the artist’s application

· The exhibition officially ends Friday, June 22, 2018
· Pick-up date is: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 12-5 pm
· We encourage group collaboration for pickup

3/31/18 – All entries are due via Online Juried
4/1-8/18 – Juror reviews submissions
4/16/18 – Selections announced via Online Juried
5/12/18 – Selected paintings MUST BE dropped off at Group Ten Gallery between 12-5 pm
5/19/18 – Opening show reception from 6:00-8:30 pm at Group Ten Gallery
6/22/18 – Show concludes
6/23/18 – Pick up unsold Art at Group Ten Gallery between 12-5 pm

• Address for Group Ten Gallery, 201 East Erie Street, Kent, OH 44240
• The OPAS chair for this show is Doreen St. John with support from Jody Crow

Future Shows:

– The Riffe Gallery curated show: July 26, 2018 – Oct. 13, 2018

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

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

October 29, 2017

Dear Ohio Plein Air Society painters,

I want to thank each and every one of you for your interest in the plein air exhibition Creating Identity from Place that I am curating for the Ohio Plein Air Society’s exhibition at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery and at the Southern Ohio Museum. I have been impressed with the work that was submitted. Eighty two painters submitted 246 images. Making decisions has been an arduous, difficult process! Once again, the Ohio Plein Air Society has not disappointed!

I have made selections based on the thematic topic, identity derived from place, choosing works that support that thesis while also including the breadth and depth of the OPAS group. I wish that more could have been included, however, ultimately, as in every exhibition, space is the final consideration.

I want each of you to know that I have enjoyed seeing your work- it was a rich process to go through each image. I hope to see all of you at the exhibition at the Riffe Gallery in July 2018.

Thank you again for this opportunity.

Best to all,

Charlotte Gordon
Artistic Director
Southern Ohio Museum

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

The 2017 Ohio Plein Air Society Competition is officially over. 

Keep an eye out in this location as we start loading information regarding the 2018 Competition in Cincinnati.

2017 Competition Winners

2017 list of winners:

Best of Show – Marianne Miller $1,000
1st Place – Cody Heichel – $750
2nd Place – Robin Roberts – $500
3rd Place – Jeff A Evans – $350
Artist Choice – Robin Roberts – $300
Michael Harding Award of Excellence ($300) – Chuck Marshall
LDA Architects Award of Excellence ($250) – Kari Ganoung-Ruiz
Ampersand/Golden Award of Excllence ($250) – Christopher Leeper
JFM Award of Excellence ($250) – Mary Ann Sedivy
SourceTek/Richeson Award ($250) – Joseph Lombardo
Judson/Richeson Award of Excellence – Ken Marshall, Judson ($120) Richeson ($125)
Richeson/Judson Award of Excellence  – Fran Mangino, Richeson ($150) Judson ($80)
Honorable Mention – Dominick Durante Jr – $150
Honorable Mention – Tom Cole – $150
Honorable Mention – Nancy Thompson – $150
Quickdraw – Kari Ganoung-Ruiz – Pot

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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