OPS was formed to create opportunities and incentives for artists of like mind to come together and paint ...........En Plein Air


The Outdoor Painters Society was formed to create opportunities and incentive for artists of like mind to come together and paint "en plein air" (outside in the open air). 


We are a tax exempt social organization under section 501 (c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We welcome all artists that are interested in painting outdoors or supporters that want to stay close to the group. We promote the tradition of Plein Air painting and our paint outs provide opportunities for emerging artists to socialize and even learn from professionals.   


About 75% of OPS members reside in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona & Colorado, but our membership is "without borders" with members from all across the country from the eastern seaboard to the west coast. We organize 9 or 10 paint outs a year and paint together with the outings ranging from 1 day or as long as a week.


We paint all around Texas from the panhandle to the gulf coast, the Hill Country, various botanical gardens and arboretums -- even indoors during the especially hot months summer or the cold months of January and February. In the fall we sometimes travel to the mountains of New Mexico or Colorado. We've painted the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Big Bend National Park, Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle and several places in Arizona, as well.


We produce a newsletter  - Plein Talk -  that informs members about upcoming outings, exhibitions to see, competitions to enter, recent accomplishments of members, etc. It also helps those who can't make many outings feel a part of the group. 


Occasionally we'll arrange for a well-known artist to provide a demonstration for us at one of our get-togethers. Members also have access to a lending library of art instruction DVD's and videos by major artists for our members' education and enjoyment. Our web site has other special "members only" forums that help us communicate and share.


In the Spring, We host a premier plein air painting juried "members only" event known as Plein Air Southwest that attracts national attention, elite artists and is promoted in major art magazines.  Click on the PASW tab for more information.


In the Summer, we produce an annual Associate Member juried exhibition that provides exposure within the group and awards.  

In the Fall, we host a plein air painting competition in Kerrville, Texas; Paint Kerrville! that attracts patrons throughout the "Hill Country".


There is never any "pressure" from within the group - we welcome all skill levels.  With any worth while activity, you get out what you put in; participating in the group paint outs helps to improve and promote your skills within the art community..... but better than that, you'll make real friends that share common interests and the love of art.




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Board of Directors:

 Tina Bohlman
  Nancy Tyler
 Kaye Franklin
  Marchita Priest
Chuck Rawle

Jana Jennings
Shawn Davis
Myrrh Haslam

 Newsletter Editor
  Myrrh Haslam

 Tina Bohlman 

Video Librarian
 Nancy Tyler

Paint Out Directors
  Marchita Priest
Myrrh Haslam


The Board appreciates and acknowledges
the generosity and heartfelt efforts of all the members who graciously give their time and energy to make our shows and paint outs such a great success.




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