BAYarts hosting Ohio Plein Art Society sale

Painted completely while outside, plein air paintings connect artists to the natural world. Photo courtesy Ohio Plein Air Society

The Ohio Plein Air Society’s (OPAS) Annual Competition will take place in Cuyahoga County on the weekend of Sept. 23. The event will draw over 75 Ohio artists painting outdoors anywhere within the county.  

This year, the OPAS is collaborating with BAYarts. Community members are invited to see judging and a painting sale at the BAYarts campus on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First, from 10:30-12:30, artists will take part in a "QuickPaint" challenge, where they complete a painting within the two hours. There is then a contest (judged by nationally recognised artist Ken DeWaard of Viroqua, Wisconsin) of one painting per artist, with an award ceremony at 1 p.m. 

All paintings in the competition will be available for show/sale from noon to 2 p.m.

An issued press release explains a bit more about the group and what they do: 

"The Ohio Plein Air Society, the premier plein air organization in Ohio, has been in existence for more than 12 years. Its 155+ members hail from all parts of Ohio and neighboring states. The term ‘en plein air’ is a French term originated during the Impressionist era meaning ‘in the fresh air.’ Painted completely on location, plein air paintings have a quality of light and freshness that is highly prized."

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