Welcome to the website of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS)

If you are a plein air artist practicing in Ontario, then you should be a member of OPAS. OPAS is the one central organizing body for plein air artists in this province. By joining and participating, you help raise the profile of plein air painting in Ontario and beyond.

As a member you can post paint-outs, events and competitions. You can check out a list of Canadian plein air events, ask other members for input on any kind of questions you have and, of course, post your own work for all to see.

It's easy to join. Click the Sign Up link at the top of the window and fill in the forms that follow. Membership is $30 per year.

Everyone is welcome to browse through the site. There is a large number of very accomplished artists here who sell to the public. 

For art groups looking for instructors, contact us and we will put you in touch with members who teach.

Photos of Members' Paintings

OPAS Endorsed Events

Norval Plein Air Festival, An OPAS Endorsed Event

Recent Forum Posts

  • At the recent plein air competition hosted by the Helsen Gallery in Acton, First place went to OPAS member Michael Brennan, with Third place to Keith Thirgood.  Former OPAS member Marlene Ma...  more
  • Former OPAS member Ingrid Brooks is involved with an event at The Martyrs' Shrine in Midland.
    They are having their first spiritual art retreat in September called "How Great Thou Art ?!?". Ingrid has...  more
  • Part of a post I received from Ingrid:

    The Shrine is now considering hosting an on-site art retreat "How Great Thou Art ?!?"  (guess who came up with that title!) and I will be teaching it for ...  more
  • Not Ontario, but may be of interest to members. I am looking into the logistics of attending! More info on Facebook!
    https://pointseastcoastaldrive.com/plein-air-festival/?fbclid=IwAR3-FqgGv5B_...  more
  • I'm in a few art shows this summer. If you're in any of these locations at these dates, drop by and say Hello.
    The Riverdale Art Walk, Downtown Toronto: June 1 & 2, Booth L2
    The New Art Festival,...  more
  • At the Quinte Plein Air Festival, OPAS member Hasibush Shaheed took 3rd place. 
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