Interested in hosting a Paint Out? Need some guidance on how or when? Contact our temporary Paint Out Coordinator, Doreen St. John.

May 18, 2019 – Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, OH (Wayne County)

Address: 2122 Williams Rd, Wooster, OH 44691 > Google Map
Timing: 9am-1pm
OPAS Host: Karen Brenner

We will meet at the Rose Garden parking lot at 9 AM and return to the area for a peer review of the morning’s paintings at 12:30.
(Note: Rose Garden is not recommended for painting because of rose virus is destroying many of the plants, but it is the best parking area.)
Jason Veil, Curator at the Arboretum, is excited to have the group paint in the gardens.
Secrest information:

May 18, 2019 –Chair Factory Falls in Painesville, Ohio

Address: 7125 Ravenna Road, Painesville,Ohio
Timing: 9am-1pm
OPAS Host: Robin Borer

Plein Air Painting in Northeast Ohio

Grand River Valley Painters – (New for 2019) Serving artists in Lake, Ashtabula and northern Geauga counties.
Hi from Robin. Hope you can come and paint a scenic waterfall in Lake County. Forming a new group up here in northeast Ohio. We have numerous scenic locations in the Grand River Valley – woodlands along rivers to Lake Erie coastal and everything in between. Also lots of vinyards for the wine connesuer and more  covered bridges then you can paint in a weekend.
To be added to the local email distribution, contact Robin Borer at
Inaugural Paint Out
Sat May 18, 9am-1pm
(Rain date: Sun May 19, 9am-1pm)
Chair Factory Falls
See website below for details.

Additional paint out dates will be sent to members on the local distribution list, now forming. Hope to see you there.

June 1, 2019 – Pleasant Hill Lake Park

Address: 3431 OH-95, Perrysville, OH 44864
OPAS Host: Mary Ann Clady
Timing: 9am-2pm Live painting; 2-3pm Wet Paint Sale.

This will be the second year of a paint out opportunity at Pleasant Hill Lake.

Bathrooms are easily accessible in the welcome center. Bring your own lunch. Park leadership is interested in purchasing paintings to be used in new cabins being built in 2019.

You can set up in several locations in the park, beach, marina, etc. In case of rain we will setup on the covered deck or inside the welcome center bldg.

June 22, 2019 – Paint out in Yellow Springs, OH

Address: 314 US-68, Yellow Springs, OH 45387-1834
OPAS Host: Libby Simms Rudolf and Yuki Hall
Timing: 9am-1pm

Let’s paint Yellow Springs and surrounds! Libby Rudolf and Yuki Hall will host. We will meet at the First Presbyterian Church downtown between 9-10am, share snacks/coffee and spots to paint. Head out to paint and reconvene at 12:30 to share/talk a bit and finish at 1pm

See Facebook event> Click here.

July 13, 2019 – Combined OPAS & IPAPA Paintout at Richmond, IN

Host: Richmond Museum of Art
350 Hub Etchison Pkwy, Richmond, IN 47374

More details to come

2018 OPAS Member Show at Springfield Museum of Art

“Farms en Plein Air”
Juror: Dan Knepper

Entry Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 (Submission is closed)
Show Dates:
 Dec. 8, 2018 – March 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

The Ohio Plein Air Society Members Show: Farm Life en Plein Air

At The Springfield Museum of Art

A Juried, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition

Saturday, December 8, 2018 to Saturday, March 9, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm


Entry Deadline: Sunday, October 7, 2016
Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee: $25.00

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. Every member who submits is guaranteed to have a painting included in the show.

We will celebrate at an opening on Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

Our Theme for this show is simply Farm Life en Plein Air. Any part of a farm can be painted for this show. Everyone has a farm close by. Please remember to ask permission before painting on private property.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to win cash prizes, sell your work, and add a prestigious fine art museum exhibition to your artist resume.


  • All entries must be submitted via Online Juried Shows ( by Sunday, October 7th, 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 information.


  • 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
  • The artist will be responsible for delivery of art to/from The Springfield Museum of Art, on any works selected for exhibition


  • All submissions MUST BE ORIGINAL PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS (at least 90% done on location)
  • Paintings must have been completed during the last 4 years
  • All paintings must depict some aspect of a farm
  • Our juror will be choosing works they feel best represent the spirit of PLEIN AIR painting and the theme of Farm Life.
  • 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 plexi-glass.
  • The Springfield Museum of Art 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


  • Juror: Dan Knepper
  • Each artist member may submit up to 3 paintings to be judged.
  • Each painting is judged on an individual basis and, therefore, considered on an individual basis for exhibition as well, not as a group
  • Every OPAS member that submits will get at least one painting into the show
  • Selections will be announced to ALL ARTISTS, regarding paintings selected or not, via Online Juried Shows by Monday, Oct. 22, 2018


  • Selected works MUST BE hand delivered to The Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, OH 45504
  • Drop-Off dates are Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 4 – 7 pm and Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1 – 4 pm
  • While there are no numerical limitations to the size of each piece being submitted, please only submit paintings that can be easily packed and delivered safe to/from The Springfield Museum of Art


  • All paintings selected will be considered consigned inventory of The Springfield Museum of Art
  • A predetermined sales price MUST BE provided at the time of submission by the artist for each painting submitted to the show
  • The Springfield Museum of Art art will collect a 30% commission on all paintings sold during the exhibition
  • The Springfield Museum of Art commission will be deducted from the provided sales price.
  • Prior to receiving their portion of a sale, the artist must complete a 2019 W9 form for tax purposes
  • The artist’s portion of all sales 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 Saturday, March 9th, 2019
  • Pick-up dates are: Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 1 – 4 pm and Wednesday March 13th, 2019 from 4 – 7 pm

10/7/18 – All entries are due via Online Juried
10/22/18 – Selections announced via Online Juried
11/14/18 & 11/17/18 – Selected paintings MUST BE dropped off at The Springfield Museum of Art
12/8/18 – Show starts at The Springfield Museum of Art
12/8/18 – Opening show reception from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at The Springfield Museum of Art
3/9/19 – Show concludes.
3/10/19 and 3/13/19 – Pick up unsold Art at The Springfield Museum of Art


• Address for the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, OH 45504

• The OPAS chair for this show is Robine Wright

Go to Show page

2018 Curated Show at the Southern Ohio Museum

The Ohio Plein Air Society Show: Creating Identity from Place
At The Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, OH

A curated, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition

Show dates:
At the SOM: January 26 – April (?), 2019

These are the artists representing OPAS for this curated show

Jon Browning              Ray Hassard                  Martha Carmody                  Cody Heichel
Ed Charney                  Karen LaValley              Thomas Cole                         Chris Leeper
Nora Daniel                 Michael McEwan          Debra Joyce Dawson           Robin Roberts
Edie Dean                    Doreen St. John            Ann Ferguson Kah                Bridgette Turner
Jim Glover                   Michelle Walker            Larry Golba                            Mary Jane Ward

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 16th Annual Ohio Plein Air Competition is in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 26-29, 2019


Hamilton County is 413 square miles of painting opportunities. Boasting a great series of parks
and nature preserves (, the major urban center of Cincinnati, three major rivers, farms and great hilltop vistas, everything you would ever want to paint is here! Explore pure nature scenes, contemporary or historic architecture, bustling urban markets and public spaces, and more. In the village of Mariemont, less than 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati, the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center (The Barn) will be our headquarters for the weekend. In order the include the very paintable town of Milford, the painting area will be extended on the east side to include the strip inside the 275 loop.

COMPETITION FEES (non-refundable)
OPAS Members – $50
Non – OPAS Members – $80
QuickDraw Competition (optional) – $10 cash on the day of the event

Best of Show $1,000, First $750, Second $500, Third $350, Artists’ Choice Award $300, and up to five Honorable Mentions at $150 each.

QuickDraw winner receives amount collected ($10 cash to particpate)

Several “Awards of Excellence” will be announced at the Awards Presentation on Sunday.

Check-in and get surfaces stamped on Thursday evening, September 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The Barn allowing two days plus an evening of painting.
Check-in and stamping will also be done on Friday and Saturday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00 am at The Barn.

Artists must be pre-registered, checked-in, and have their painting surfaces stamped before painting. Unstamped surfaces will NOT be eligible for judging or for the Wet Paint Show & Sale. OPAS will stamp only plain, unpainted canvas, panels, or water media/pastel paper or paper/board supports. Surfaces may be toned with a uniform ground.

All sales go through The Barn. Sales during the competition and Wet Paint Show & Sale are subject to a 30% commission.

There will be a designated area for participating artists to show and sell other paintings done during the competition weekend on Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Barn.

Only work completed during the Ohio Plein Air Competition will be eligible for the Wet Paint Show & Sale.

Download the Prospectus as a PDF:

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Register & Pay

Mail check with completed Entry Form to arrive by Monday, September 23 to: Competition Entry, Ohio Plein Air Society, P. O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

Daily Itenerary – Sept. 26-29, 2019 (subject to change)

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Artists will be able to check-in and get surfaces stamped early.
GO OUT AND PAINT ON THURSDAY NIGHT or get out early on Friday.

8:00am – 10:00am – Check-in/Stamping at The Barn

8:00am – 10:00am – Check-in/Stamping at The Barn
7:00 – 9:00pm – Pot Luck Dinner and Social with door prizes at The Barn

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 – COMPETITION (Times are subject to change)
9:00am – 10:00am – Competition Painting Delivery to The Barn IMPORTANT: If your painting is not delivered by 10:00am it will not be entered in the judging
10:00am – 10:30am – QuickDraw Registration
10:30am – 12:30pm – QuickDraw Competition IMPORTANT: You must return with your painting BEFORE 12:45pm to be eligible
10:00am – 11:30am – Judging for Ohio Plein Air
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Competition exhibit area open for public viewing
12:45pm – 1:00pm – Judging for QuickDraw
1:00pm – Awards Presentation
10:00am – 2:00pm – Wet Paint Show & Sale
Only works created over the weekend (with stamp) are eligible for the Wet Paint Show & Sale

OUR JUDGE – Timothy Horn

Timothy Horn was born and raised in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City in 1984, with a focus in graphic design. After finishing school, he worked at several design firms in New York before moving to San Francisco in 1992, where he continued to work as a designer. Horn took his first painting class in 1998, followed by another in the fall of 1999, and within a year he knew he had found his calling. He began painting more and more, and doing less and less graphic design until the fall of 2006 when he closed his design business entirely.

He now paints full-time and lives in the the small town of Fairfax where he is drawn to the everyday scenes of the rural areas in Marin and Sonoma Counties — the old buildings that have evaded development, the workings of ranch life, the old cars and trucks that continue on, or sometimes simply the play of light and shadow across planes of weathered color. Horn wants to create paintings that tell his story, that express his observations, “paintings that feel 100% Me”.

His work has won numerous awards, has been featured in several magazines, and was on the cover of Southwest Art in 2012. He participates in several annual group shows, and is currently represented by four galleries. Every year, Horn teaches 4 – 6 painting workshops around the country and abroad. He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.

Tim will be running a workshop hosted by OPAS Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2019, titled, “Capture the Light!”   For more visit for more info or to register online.


A 3-day WORKSHOP with Artist, Timothy Horn
“Capture the Light!”


WHEN? Monday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
Home base will be at The Barn, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Avenue, Mariemont, OH 45227
$495 for OPAS Members, $540 for Non-OPAS Members

The primary focus of this 3-day workshop will be on how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in your paintings
by identifying, clarifying and establishing proper value relationships. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. We will learn to utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection and brushwork. During the workshop, I will do a demonstration painting each day, and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the rest of the day. I will also present a slide show, using examples of my work to illustrate key concepts.

The workshop is geared toward advanced beginner, and intermediate painters working in oil.
We’ll be spending about half our time in the studio, and (weather permitting) the other half, painting outdoors nearby.

There are 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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Supply List


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

Nancy B. Achberger
Phone: 1-513-505-2928
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

16th Annual Historic Dublin Paint Out, Saturday, June 15, 2019

En Plein Air painting competition in historic Dublin, OH
For More Information and to Register


12th annual Art on the Beach

The Logan County Art League is sponsoring the 12th annual Art on the Beach held at Oldfield Beach at Indian Lake, Lakeview, Ohio on June 22nd and 23rd, 2019. We are searching for art vendors and fine craftsmen.

There will be fine art exhibits, beautiful crafts from experienced craftspeople, live entertainment, and food vendors of all types.

We have attached the Art on the Beach application form for those interested in participating. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Earick, or 937-602-3032.

Application Form

Thank you for your support.

Andrea Earick
Art on the Beach Chairperson
The Logan County Art League


2019 Lakeside Plein Air Festival
July 19-21, 2019

Hello Artists!
We have been busy since wrapping up the 2018 season this fall and jumped right into planning for the upcoming season. We are already anticipating another banner year. We are able to offer 25% off your hotel stay while you are here in Lakeside for the Plein Air Art Festival. It is our hope that this makes it a little more economical to come and participate.

We are happy to offer online registration this year. The online application will streamline the registration process for you. There is nothing to mail or email back to me. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting. Closer to the date of the event additional information will be sent via email.

To register for the event, simply click on this link, and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll just fill in the information and click submit.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,
Casie Eller
Lakeside Chautauqua, Programming Manager
236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440
(419) 798-4461, ext.347


Piqua Arts & Ale Festival
Sept. 21, 2019

Piqua Arts Council in Piqua, OH is accepting entries for their 2019 Piqua Arts and Ale Festival. The jury fee is $10 and the booth fee is only $25. Piqua Arts Council believes that they’re in the business to serve the interest of the artists and has kept the fees for their show extremely low for artists.

In addition to arts and craft vendors, there will be live music all day, Ohio craft beers, food trucks, a plein air painting competition and activities for kids. The event runs from 10am – 8pm, but vendors can pack up anytime after 6pm.

For more information, visit

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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
Bridgette Turner – Treasurer
Doreen St. John – Board Secretary
Mary Ann Clady – Membership Secretary
Tamar Rudavsky – Librarian
Carol Cosgrove – Paint Out Czar


Chris Leeper, Mary Ann Clady, Robin Roberts, Tamar Rudavsky, Doreen St. John, Bridgette Turner, Jeff Stahler and Mary Jane Ward

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:

Grand River Valley Painters – (New for 2019) Serving artists in Lake, Ashtabula and northern Geauga counties.

Central Ohio Plein Air Painters (COPA)
– COPA Schedule

Eastern Ohio Plein Air, endorsed by the Youngstown Davis YMCA

SouthWest Ohio Plein Air  (SWOPA) Painters

Plein Air Artists of the Western Reserve

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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