OPAS Competition 2021

18th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition

September 23-26, 2021
on the campus of The Columbus College of Art & Design

The artists will be painting within the boundaries of Franklin County.

Competition fees:
OPAS members & current CCAD students- $60
Non-OPAS members- $80
Quick Draw competition (optional)- $10 cash on the day of the event.

Two ways to register and pay.
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 once it is available and mail your check or money order, payable to OPAS to: OPAS Treasurer, P.O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

Make checks payable to: Ohio Plein Air Society & the deadline for signing up is September 22.

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Over $2000 in cash & monetary awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event on September 26.

Itinerary (tentative) September 23- 26, 2021

Thursday, September 23– early stamping at CCAD
4pm- 6pm- Artists will be able to check-in & get surfaces stamped early.

Friday, September 24– Competition painting
8am- 10am Check in/ get surfaces stamped at CCAD

Saturday, September 25– Competition painting
8am- 10am check in / get surfaces stamped at CCAD
7pm- 9pm Social gathering & dinner on the CCAD campus

Sunday, September 26– competition juried
9am- 10am competition piece in place on your easel for judging.
10am- 10:30am Quick Draw registration
10:30- 12:30 Quick Draw competition
noon- 2pm Competition exhibit is open for pubic viewing.
Awards announced @ 1:30pm
Artists are responsible for the sale of your own artwork.

This year’s competition judge is Patrick Lee. Patrick Lee takes a unique creative approach to making paintings in the studio and en plein air. He draws heavily on intuition and imagination to develop an image, often altering the drawing, color, and spatial relationships to create a mood and express a feeling about the subject. This often leads to strong elements of abstraction and suggestion in his work, rather than explicit detail. This gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with each piece in their own way, inviting them to let their own imaginations make personal associations and connections.