15th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition

September 27-30, 2018


Hamilton County is 413 square miles of painting opportunities. Boasting a great series of parks
and nature preserves (www.greatparks.org), 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 27 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. 30 at The Barn.

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

Registration is now closed.

Download the Prospectus as a PDF:

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Mail check with completed Entry Form to arrive by Monday, September 24 to: Competition Entry, Ohio Plein Air Society, P. O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

Daily Itenerary – Sept. 27-30, 2018 (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. 30 – 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 – Michael Chesley Johnson
One of the country’s top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson paints primarily outdoors in pastel or oil, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Down east Maine and the Canadian Maritimes.  He has been invited repeatedly to challenging national plein air events such as the  Grand Canyon National Park Celebration of Art.

Michael is a nationally-known teacher, giving workshops across the U.S. as well as seasonally in Maine and the Southwest.  A frequent writer for both The Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal, he is the author of several books, including Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel, all of which are available on Amazon.com.   He has many videos available, as well.

Michael will be running a workshop hosted by OPAS Oct. 1-3, 2018, titled, “Study-to-Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level.”   For more visit www.OhioPleinAirSociety.com and navigate to Events > Workshops.