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

Killarney Art Retreat, an OPAS Endorsed Event

Recent Forum Posts

  • 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. 
  • Congratulations to Dalibor. He won First prize at the Elora event. Stuart Godfrey came in Second I believe. A number of other members and former members also picked up prizes. OPAS showed quite well once again.
  • I'll be there as  well! Hope to see all.
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What's New

  • Doug Ware
    Doug Ware added a new photo to the album My Photos:
    • Jul 21
  • Naomi McQuade
    Naomi McQuade shared Keith Thirgood's event.
    Helson Gallery Plein Air Challenge, an OPAS Endorsed Event
    • Jul 19
  • Eric Hansen
    Eric Hansen has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Heather Munsie
    Heather Munsie has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Naomi McQuade
    Naomi McQuadeHelson Gallery Plein Air Challenge, an OPAS Endorsed Event: Looking forward to it. See you at the boathouse!
    • Jul 5
  • Karen Malcolm
    Karen Malcolm has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Michael Brennan
    Michael Brennan Field of Wild Flowers
    • Jul 4
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  • Michael Brennan
    Michael Brennan New Development Thackeray Cricket Park Woodbridge
    • Jul 4
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  • Michael Brennan
    Michael Brennan Out Back
    • Jul 4
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  • Michael Brennan
    Michael Brennan Lighthouse
    • Jul 4
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