The Ohio Plein Air Society is a collection of artists and art lovers who love creating art outdoor. Artists complete their paintings, drawings, or other art forms outside on location via direct observation. Members of the group explore the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams through art.
Plein air painting started gaining popularity in the 1860’s, and was fundamental to impressionism. Painting outside became easier once tubes of paint became available in the 1870’s, making it easier to work with supplies outside. The term “plein air” described Claude Monet and the Impressionists in France. In French it means “open air” or “outside,” but since Monet’s time the term has been used to describe people who take their easels outdoors to paint.
The Ohio Plein Air Society annual competition is in Columbus this year on September 23-26, 2021. Participating artists will find their inspiration around Columbus in neighborhoods and Metro Parks. Plein Air highlights include The Ohio State University, The Short North, German Village, Olde Town East, Franklin Park Conservatory, Scioto Mile, The State Capital, Ohio Theatre and much more.
If you are out and about Columbus the weekend of the competition, you may catch some members in the act of creating their masterpieces!
For the competition, paintings should be 95% completed outside, on location, and from direct observation. No photography allowed. The painting must resemble the location.
Ohio Plein Air Society Art Show and Sale
Artists will display their work created during the competition Loanne Crane Center for Design, at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) 112 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, from 12pm-2 pm on Sunday September 26. Works of art will be available for purchase. Artists will also be painting on site from 10:30- 12:30 as part of the ‘quick draw’ competition.
Other Local Paintouts
Sunday, September 19, 2021: Franklin Co. – Goodale Park
10:00AM – 4:00PM (but go early)
This is for the 2021 Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens.
The tour is concentrated around Goodale Park this year and will exclusively spotlight gardens and outdoor living. We’d love to have the tour guests experience the Ohio Plein Air Society’s work as they walk through the park on their way to the garden locations.
About Ohio Plein Air Society
Different cities host the annual competition for 2 years in a row. Columbus is the host for 2020 and 2021. If you are interested in joining the group, it’s a great time to join!
The plein air movement is enjoying an increased return in popularity in the United States, and the Ohio Plein Air Society is made of from members of every county in Ohio, as well as surrounding states.
The Ohio Plein Air Society is a non-profit organization. The group is open to artists, patrons, educators, and enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, backgrounds and interests. The group of artists support and learn from each other with organized paint outs, workshops, competitions, critiques and group exhibitions. The level of participation is up to each member. There’s a small yearly fee to join the Society. If you are interested in joining or learning more about them, please see the website for membership details.
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