Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Ontario Plein Air Society - A New Group with a Great Future!

Now here's a group that interests me. The Ontario Plein Air society. Partly because it combines two of my great loves, landscape painting and being out of doors.

The group had an early spring painting session this week at Scotdale Farm, near Georgetown, Ontario.

Zan Barrage, founder of the OPAS wrote: "We did ok yesterday. We had 5 people show up but the temp was -4 and it was windy. Not what the weatherman had promised." Now that's the spirit you have to admire!

Zan went on to say: I started the Society about a year ago after many years of going out there alone, I decided that we need to have a common voice. Many have joined. We have over 50 members now, but only a handful are active so far. David Sharpe is the co-founder of OPAS and we have a few members who are both active in painting and organizing. Our goal ultimately is to have group paint outs and group shows across the province.

Any group that continues the tradition of the Group Of Seven, to interpret this land in our art through a choirs of our many distinct voices and styles is onto something good.

The group extends the welcome mat for new members. A word for the wise: "Watch them grow...great days are ahead for these people!"

Zan has a number of interesting you tube videos which can be viewed by clicking here to go to the You Tube location.

Click here to be taken to the Society's blogsite



  1. What a shame this is getting going just as you're leaving Ontario! I hope there's a comparable group in B.C. -- there's nothing like the camaraderie of fellow artists, is there?

  2. Thank you so much for this post. We are about to announce some exciting changes to OPAS so please stay tuned :)


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