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

“Marietta Pain Out” –Marietta, OH

Date – Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Time – Paint: 9 am – ???
Location – Hive Alive, 165 Front Street, Marietta
OPAS Host – Cynthia Davis

Meet at 9:00 am to paint Marietta’s beautiful historic downtown areas, waterfront/river district, or The Castle (similar to Bexley’s Jeffrey Mansion)

2018 OPAS Member Show at Springfield Museum of Art

“Farms en Plein Air”
Juror: Dan Knepper

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

Get out there and start painting those farms.

Download the Prospectus as a PDF here… or click details below for the full prospectus. Once we have the submission site set up, there will be a link to that here as well.

Use the button below to submit your work to be juried by Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. 


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

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

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

Early July 2018- (Exact date TBA) paintings due at the Riffe Gallery
July 26, 2018 5 – 7pm – opening reception Riffe Gallery
July 27, 2018, 12:00 noon-1:00- lunchtime gallery talk with the Curator

See the remaining schedule, including workshops and demos by the OPAS members exhibiting here.

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 15th Annual Ohio Plein Air Competition is in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 27-30, 2018

For more Information, Click here.

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.

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 3-day Plein Air to studio WORKSHOP with Artist, Michael Chesley Johnson

WHEN? Monday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
WHERE? Home base will be at The Barn, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Avenue, Mariemont, OH 45227
HOW MUCH? $325

In this workshop, we’ll explore the process of taking our plein air sketches to the next level. We’ll learn to gather reference material en plein air — pencil sketches, color sketches and, yes, even photos if necessary — and then return with this to the studio to create finished works. In the studio, where we aren’t affected by the pressures of changing light and fickle weather, we’ll work out the best composition, color harmony and technique for our studio paintings.

Each day, you can expect helpful critiques, lectures and demonstrations. You’ll learn the best way to gather reference material; explore ways of turning this material into finished paintings—or of creating entirely new works based on it; as well as reviewing plein air fundamentals and Michael’s way of “capturing the moment” without sacrificing mood or magic.

Michael will be working in oil and pastel, but all media are welcome.

About Michael Chesley Johnson
One of the country’s top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.

Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. He is the author of many books and videos, including Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel. A long-time contributor to Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine.


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 for “Study to Studio” Workshop
For this workshop, we’ll be gathering reference material in the field and then heading back to the studio to do more finished paintings.

For Gathering Reference Materials

  • Small sketchbook (9×12 or similar) plus 6B graphite pencil and eraser. Because we will do a lot of pencil sketching (in addition to color sketching) you might want to bring a new sketchbook.
  • View finder ( is a good one)
  • Color sketching materials of your choice in a small format (5×7 up to 9×12) – materials can be anything you choose, such as oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, etc., and also include a good supply of inexpensive matboard, gessoed paper, etc., to sketch on
  • If your medium won’t allow you to sketch in your lap, you will need a field easel
  • Digital Camera. This is not a photography class.  If you don’t know how to use your camera, learn before the workshop.  Basically, you will want to know how to:  take a decent snapshot, review the image on-screen, and zoom in on the image you’re reviewing. We won’t plan on printing out photos; if you need a physical photo, that will be your responsibility.  A tablet would be most useful for viewing images on.

Miscellaneous Outdoor Gear

  • Easel: For oil, I use the 9×12 Guerrilla Painter Box; for pastel, the Heilman “backpacker” box with easel; plus a tripod for each.  An old standby is the trusty French Easel.  Whatever you use, it should be portable and lightweight and above all stable. You may also use this in the studio.
  • Umbrella: Not necessary, but helpful in intense sunlight.
  • Stool: Not necessary, but if you must sit to paint, I strongly suggest a camp stool or collapsible chair, since not all locations have picnic tables.
  • Paper towels and small garbage bags
  • Hat, sunblock and water bottle
  • “Baby Wipes” for cleaning fingers. Most locations will not have running water.
  • Appropriate clothing and shoewear.
  • Photos and Color Studies to work from. In the event of inclement weather and we are unable to gather reference material, we will work in the studio from these.  They can be of anything that appeals to you.
  • Bring a bag lunch, because if we’re out in the field, we may not have dining facilities or a deli nearby.  We may dine out at lunch.

For Studio Work
I work in two mediums, oil and pastel.  What follows is a list of what I recommend for these.  If you are painting in some other medium, please bring what you normally use.  If you’ve not used a split-primary oil palette before, or aren’t familiar with using Ampersand Gessoboard or hog bristle flat brushes, or any of the other materials, bring whatever you’re comfortable with.  (Some people are used to canvas and not Gessobord, some are used to Canson paper and not sanded paper.)

The following are for making value sketches in preparation for creating studio paintings.

  • Vine Charcoal
  • 6B pencil
  • Grey Pastels: Cretacolor Set of 8 Greys
  • Sketchpaper pad (9×12 or bigger)

For Oil Painters

  • Paints: Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Deep, Naphthol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green (or Viridian), Titanium-Zinc White, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow OchreYou may use cadmium colors instead of the hansa and napthol if you wish.
  • Thinner: Gamsol
  • Medium: Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel (optional)
  • Panels: Ampersand Gessobord (9×12 up to 12×16 – plan on 1 finished painting per day) or homemade panels (I prefer to make my own)
  • Brushes: Hog Bristle Flats (#10, #8, #4)
  • Also: Wet panel carrier, container for thinner

For Pastel Painters

  • Pastels: Full set (96-pc) of Prismacolor Nupastels or the equivalent; plus a good selection of softer pastels (Mount Vision has a 25-pc “plein air supplement” but Unision or Richeson works well, too)
  • Paper: UART sanded pastel paper (9×12 up to 12×16.) Art Spectrum paper also works
  • Backboard to tape paper to
  • Masking tape
  • Solvent (optional): either rubbing alcohol or Gamsol. If you plan to use solvent for a wash, also bring an old bristle brush and a container for the solvent.

Remember:  Part of the day we will be working outdoors! What this means is:

  • Everything should be portable. You should be able to carry everything in ONE trip.
  • Think ahead to what you might need in the field, such as drinking water, snacks, baby wipes for your hands, sun hat, sunblock, etc. But remember — you still have to carry whatever you bring in ONE trip. (Most likely, we’ll be walking very little distance from the car, but you never know!)
  • Restrooms may not be immediately available. The nature of plein air requires a certain amount of flexibility on the part of both instructor and student, and although we will try to find locations that have restrooms, you may have to use the facilities the Great Outdoors provides.
  • Be flexible! Some locations may be better at certain times than others depending on weather and time of day.  Be prepared to carpool, as some locations may not have parking for everyone.

Suggested Reading
My books, Outdoor Studio to Study: Take Your Plein air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel have lots of information plus demonstrations.  (Order from my website, or from

The “Bibles” of Outdoor Painting:
Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson.
Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne.


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



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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.



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