OPAS Annual Show 2016

Event Details

OPAS Annual Show 2016

Time: October 27, 2016 at 6pm to November 10, 2016 at 7pm
Location: riverdale toronto
Street: 1326 Gerrard St. E
City/Town: Toronto
Website or Map: http://www.riverdalegallery.ca
Phone: 647-551-3387
Event Type: annual, show, members, opas
Organized By: Keith Thirgood
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2016

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Event Description


It's time again to start thinking about what you will enter into the OPAS Annual Show and Sale. Last year we had a good number of sales, so it's well worth entering your art. 
We are again running the show as a non-juried event. You chose with of your work will best represent you. Again, only plein air work is allowed. The OPAS definition of 'plein air' is a piece at least 75% done on location, in the outdoors. You can put finishing touches or modifications up to 25% of the effort put into the original creation. This is an honour system.

Click here to sign up 2016 form: https://form.jotform.com/52614701522951

This year there is room for approximately 24 artists. Getting into the show is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each artist will have approximately 4 linear feet of wall space. The hanging volunteers will decide where in the show your art will be displayed and how it will be displayed.

We are holding the show at the Riverdale Gallery from October 27 to November 10. With the opening reception on October 29 from 12:00 to 4:00.


Each artist has approximately 4 linear feet of wall space to work with. (4'w x 5'h)

In this space you can hang one huge piece or a dozen tiny ones. It's up to you how many pieces you want to have hung, as long as it does not look too cluttered. The hanging volunteers will determine if all of your pieces can or cannot be hung.

  • Hanging Fee: $50
  • Commission on Sales: 20% 

We will be looking for volunteers to help with the hanging. I will post more information about volunteering. Everyone is expected to help in some manner. If you cannot volunteer for whatever reason, you can pay an extra $15 and we will use the money towards making the event more special. 

Preliminary list of volunteer activities:

  • Help hang the show Oct. 27
  • Be on-hand early on the Opening Day (October 29) to receive and take care of reception food
  • Post announcements about the show on social media and as many art oriented sites as possible. (Needs considerable social media knowledge.)
  • On hand on closing day to pack up for shipment any artist's art that is being shipped.

Hanging will be October 27. Hours to be determined.

Members outside of the GTA will be able to ship their paintings to a destination, yet to be determined, and we will hang for you. 

Click here to sign up.

If you are out of the GTA, you can ship your art to a location to be determined.

If you have any questions, contact me directly at keith@wilsonstreetstudio.ca or post your comment / question below.

New information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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Comment by Keith Thirgood on November 10, 2016 at 10:06pm

They are supposed to give me a report. Once I know, I will publish the info.

Comment by Francine Zinga on November 10, 2016 at 11:20am

I will also be there Friday morning. 

Do we know how many people we had visiting the show?  And how many paintings were sold?

Comment by Jane Boyd on November 9, 2016 at 9:34pm

Friday morning for me as well.

Comment by Jane Robertson on November 9, 2016 at 9:04pm

I'll be there Friday morning.

Comment by Wendy Bermingham on November 9, 2016 at 6:26pm

I won't be able to make it for Thursday...I'll be there on Friday morning to pick up.

Comment by Keith Thirgood on November 9, 2016 at 1:17pm

Hi Everyone,

Thursday is the close of the show. You can pick up your art on Thursday between 4 and 5 pm. (Short window of time.) After five, they close and lock the doors.
If you cannot make it Thursday, the gallery is open all day Friday from 9 to 5. You can pick your work up then.
If any of you cannot make either time, contact me asap so I can see if any other artist can pick up your art for you.
In the next few days I will be mailing out from the OPAS site to the entire membership an announcement about volunteer roles OPAS needs help with. I hope that some of you can help

Keith Thirgood
president, Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS)

Comment by Ioana Bertrand on November 8, 2016 at 8:16am

Hi Keith,

What time exactly are we picking up unsold paintings this coming Thursday, November 10?

Comment by Keith Thirgood on November 7, 2016 at 1:31pm

Hi Ioana, I made a mistake in the list of places to post your photos. The first one should have been in the discussion area. http://ontariopleinairsociety.ning.com/forum/categories/cafe-ontari...

Comment by Keith Thirgood on November 4, 2016 at 5:22pm

Hi Ioana,

There are four places you can post photos.

First, you can create a new discussion on this site by clicking "+ Add" above and call it something like "OPAS Annual Show opening reception photos".

Two, you can post them on the new site, at www.ontariopleinairsociety.com with the same title.

Three, you can post them on the OPAS official Facebook page: at https://www.facebook.com/OPAS.Ontario.Plein.Air.Society

And four, you can post them on the OPAS Members Facebook page: at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ontariopleinairsociety/?fref=ts

Comment by Ioana Bertrand on November 4, 2016 at 12:03pm

Where can I post photos from the opening reception?

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