More than 50 artists of the Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS) will travel to Lakeside for the 7th Annual OPAS Competition from Sept. 17-19. Artists will paint throughout Ottawa County and meet in Lakeside for special events.
On Friday at 7:30 p.m., plein air artist and bagpiper Tom Harbrecht will play along the lakefront, beginning at Oak Avenue and proceeding to the Lakeside Pavilion. All are welcome to attend. A former Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Seals Team, Harbrecht is one of six artists who founded OPAS in 2002.
The public is also invited to watch the artists paint on Friday and Saturday and attend the “Quick Paint” competition and awards ceremony on Sunday. The artists will display their artwork; many will be for sale on Sunday
For the final judging, each artist will select one painting that is completed during the three-day event. Judging will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Sunday, while at the same time, OPAS artists will compete in the “Quick Paint.” Judging of the “Quick Paint” will take place from 1-2 p.m. As soon as the judging is completed, the awards ceremony will begin.
This year’s judge is Carl Dalio who resides in Sedona, Ariz. At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dalio will give a plein air demonstration near the Lakeside Pavilion. Anyone may come to watch. He will also give a three and a half day workshop prior to the competition. Non OPAS members are welcome to participate. The cost is $60. Please fill out the form at www.ohiopleinairsociety.com.
Award sponsors include: the Lakeside Association’s “Spirit of Lakeside Award” of $100; Bill and Mame Drackett’s purchase award for the full price of a painting of their choice; Irvin Davis’, owner of Martha and Molly’s in downtown Marblehead, “Award of Merit in Watercolor” of $100; Debra Joyce and Martin Dawson of Pataskala, Ohio, will offer the Emma and Lewis Thalberg “Award of Merit for Oils” of $100; and Turner Studio and Gallery of Columbus, Ohio, will offer the “Award of Merit for Pastels” of $100.
Competition awards sponsored by OPAS include: Best of Show ($1,000), 1st Place ($750), 2nd Place ($500), 3rd Place ($300), Artists’ Choice ($300) and three Honorable Mention awards ($100 each). Winner of the “Quick Paint” will receive the monetary amount collected from participants. Each participant pays $10 to enter.
Previous OPAS Competitions have been held in Nelsonville and New Philadelphia. For the next two years, the competition will take place in Athens, Ohio.
The OPAS is a non-profit organization “dedicated to education, awareness and advancement of fine art painting in the plein air tradition.” It consists of approximately 200 artists from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, working in a variety of media. Monthly paintouts are scheduled throughout the year, and it is one of the most active groups in the nation.
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