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

April 13, 2019 – Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth

Address: 825 Gallia Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Timing: 10am-2pm Live painting; 2-5pm Display wet paintings
Reception: 2-5pm OPAS Curated Museum Show, “Creating Identity from Place”

We are inviting OPAS and the community for a day to paint and draw out-of-doors. (We have a museum staff member who will help with beginning drawing on the Roy Roger Esplanade in front of the Museum).

The museum will be creating a map with a handful of great locations indicated for OPAS to use as reference (however, I also understand the need to wander to find the right spot) that will also include restaurants and bathroom locations. We are thinking that the painting around town will happen from 10-2,  and then everyone can bring their work back to the Museum where we can share what has been created that day.

From 2-5 we will host the reception with food/drinks/music. We will also have the packing ready and helpers to help the exhibition artists pack their work and sign release forms to bring their work home.

May 4, 2019 – Rocky River

Address: Emerald Necklace Marina-Cleveland Metroparks, 1500 Scenic Park Dr, Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Timing: 9am-1pm Painting on your own; 1pm share paintings with each other and possible exchange

Hello OPAS members! I am going to host a paint out in Rocky River on Saturday, May 4th.

On the map, and location here above, is the address for the Emerald Necklace Marina just south of the mouth of the river, in Cleveland Metro Parks.

I will have bagels and coffee for people that wish to show up at my house (close to the river / lake) beginning 7:45am. PM me on Facebook if you would like to come and I will give the address. There is a Gazebo near the river / marina at the address above. I will be there by 9am if anyone needs ideas of what / where to paint.

I suggest we meet back at the gazebo at 1pm … to see each other’s works! Since this is an informal paint-out, I am throwing out the idea that maybe we can have a painting exchange. We can each draw names and take home a painting not our own. Just a thought! Hope some of you can attend, there are some great sights to paint!


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.

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

Tim Horn will be our Juror and workshop instructor. More Information to come.

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, both 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 will be our headquarters for the weekend. In order the include the interesting town of Milford, the painting area will be extended on the east side to include the strip inside the 275 loop.

2018 list of winners:

Best of Show – Tom Post
1st Place – Ann Grimaldi
2nd Place – Mary Beth Dowlin
3rd Place – Chris Leeper
Artist Choice – Jeff Evans
Michael Harding Award of Excellence – Christine Kuhr
JFM 1 – Award of Excellence – Jeff Evans
JFM 2 – Award of Excellence – Chuck Marshall
SourceTek Award of Excellence – Barbara Pask
Richeson/Judson Award of Excellence  – Jody Crow
Gamblin/Blick Award of Excellence  – Mary Ann Davis
Gamblin/Richeson Award of Excellence  – Monica Achberger
Richeson/Blick Award of Excellence  – Robert Maurer

Honorable Mention – Jenifer Stewart
Honorable Mention – Fran Mangino
Honorable Mention – Wendy Fleury
Quickdraw – Chris Leeper

A 3-day WORKSHOP with Artist, Kathleen Hudson


WHEN? Sunday, April 7, through Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43202
$450 for OPAS Members, $495 for Non-OPAS Members

A studio landscape workshop for artists working in oils. Each morning will feature a presentation, full demo, and exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction. Each student’s in-depth study the first afternoon will lead to a finished (or at least near-finished!) studio landscape painting by the final day.

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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Points of study will include:
• Seeing as an artist: painting light rather than objects
• Planning your painting: envisioning your painting, using varied reference material, honing value and design, doing color studies
• Stages of studio painting: drawing, block-in, color mixing, approaches to working a larger painting, refining texture & edges, tools for self-critique
• Experimentation: exercises you can do at home to continue your growth as an artist

One-on-one instruction will be individually tailored. Students are encouraged to email several landscape painting examples beforehand and list some specific things they would like to work on.

Attendance fee includes spiral-bound workshop book. 

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

Greg Barnes 2-Day Pastel Workshop

Greg Barnes will be teaching a two-day workshop on pastel techniques. Each day will include a 45-60 min demonstration and lecture, focusing on different aspects of producing a captivating landscape painting. The remaining time will be spent at your easel, painting from the view or subject matter of your choice. He will continually visit each easel as you paint, giving individual instruction and personal attention. The class will finish with a critique of each student’s work. Greg tailors his instruction to reach all levels from beginning pointers to advanced techniques. Cost is $250 for Vineyard members and $275 for non-Vineyard members. Registration required.

for more info or 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



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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
Tamar Rudavsky – Membership Secretary/Librarian
Carol Cosgrove – Paint Out Czar


Chuck Marshall, 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:


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

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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