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  • Sunbear Studio 3 W Main St Alexandria, OH 43021 (map)

OPAS 2015 Competition Prospectus

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

Plein Air Competition from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Sep 25, 2015 through 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 in Licking County, OH. We will be collaborating with Meredith Martin again this year, owner of Sunbear Studio & Gallery.
Note: Stamping times have changed this year to allow for two full days of painting. Check-in and get surfaces stamped on Thursday evening, Sep 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sunbear Studio & Gallery, 3 W. Main St., Alexandria, OH 43021 (740) 924-2656.


LICKING COUNTY is the area for the Competition that runs from Friday, Sep 25 through Sunday, Sep 27 with stamping, awards, etc. in Alexandria, OH at Sunbear Studio & Gallery, 3 W Main St Alexandria, OH 43021.
Competition check-in is at Sunbear Studio and Gallery. Participants will receive maps and other information in their registration packet highlighting areas of interest.
There are many beautiful areas to paint in/around Alexandria, OH and throughout Licking County. Granville, home of Dennison University, is a few minutes’ drive from Alexandria. It’s a historic city with many beautiful century homes and other interesting buildings.
Although you can paint anywhere in the county, we will have even more ‘special sites’ available where artists can paint this year. As in previous years, we will have information (addresses, descriptions, etc.) in your packets and photos of the areas at Sunbear.

JUDGE: We are excited to announce that Shelby Keefe will be our distinguished juror this year!
Shelby Keefe is a nationally recognized, award-winning impressionist painter, teacher and performance artist. Earning a BFA in 1981, she embarked on a career as a graphic designer. She became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and travels nation-wide painting, teaching and competing in plein air competitions as well as producing work in her studio/gallery in the Third Ward in Milwaukee, WI. She is becoming noticed nationally, having been recently published in Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazines–both being honored as the cover artist. Her paintings are being collected around the country as well as in Milwaukee Corporate surroundings and public spaces. She is represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County, WI, the Marshall Gallery of Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ, Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte, CO and Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, IN. Shelby will also conduct a 3-day workshop following the competition, flyer included!


Best of Show $1000
1st Place $750; 2nd Place $500; 3rd Place $350
Artists’ Choice Award $300
Up to Five Honorable Mention Awards $150 each
QuickDraw winner receives amount collected ($10 to participate)
Several “Awards of Excellence”; will be announced at the Competition!

ENTRY FEES (non-refundable)

Competition Fees:

OPAS Members: $40
Non-OPAS Members: $75
QuickDraw Competition (optional): $10 cash day of event

Checks made payable to Ohio Plein Air Society or you may enter online and pay through PayPal
Mail check with completed entry form before Monday, September 21, 2015, to:
ATTN: Competition Entry
PO Box 14926
Columbus, OH 43214

Later Event: October 3
Sunbear Studios and Gallery