16th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Competition

September 26-29, 2019


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 26 from 3:30pm – 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.

Paintings should be 95% completed outside, on location, and from direct observation.
No photography allowed. The painting must resemble the location. Multiple sessions are acceptable.

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)

3:30pm – 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 www.OhioPleinAirSociety.com for more info or to register online.[/fusion_toggle][/fusion_accordion]