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 October 26, 2016 at 11:15pm
Maria Ivanova is artist 18
Comment by Keith Thirgood on October 20, 2016 at 11:29pm

Hi Changson Lee, thanks for joining the OPAS annual show. You are artist 17.

Comment by Keith Thirgood on October 18, 2016 at 11:20pm

Hi Jane, Glad you are joining us. You're number 16.

Comment by Jane Robertson on October 18, 2016 at 10:35pm

I'm in!

Comment by Keith Thirgood on October 17, 2016 at 9:22pm

Hey Hashid,
You don't have four to six nice paintings to enter? Paintings the perhaps haven't been seen as much as they should by the public?

Comment by Keith Thirgood on October 17, 2016 at 9:20pm

Hi Birte, welcome to the show, you're num her 15! With any luck a few more members will sign up this week.

Comment by Birte Hella on October 17, 2016 at 8:35pm

Hello, I sent in my entry yesterday, online via PayPal, so am waiting confirmation.

Re: list below.

Comment by Hasibush Shaheed on October 16, 2016 at 9:05pm

I wanted to signup , but unfortunately most of my good works are sold. I still feel I could have joined the show. Wish all the participating  artists Good luck!

Comment by Keith Thirgood on October 16, 2016 at 8:23pm

Just to let everyone know, the artists who have signed up to be in the show, so far, are:

  1. Keith Thirgood
  2. Rose Ann Vita
  3. Jayn Boyd
  4. Francine Zinga
  5. Hilary Porado
  6. Wendy Birmingham
  7. Helen Walter
  8. Ioana Bertrand
  9. Giles Lafond
  10. Selene Yuen
  11. Dalibor Dejanovic
  12. Michael Labiak
  13. Ylli Haruni
  14. Caterina Liberatore

Who will number 15 be?

If you think you should be on that list, but you're not there, contact me immediately, directly: keith@wilsonstreetstudio.ca

Comment by Keith Thirgood on October 16, 2016 at 8:18pm

Hi Everyone, Because we don't have the 24 members we wanted, each artist can use more than the original 4' wide bit of wall space. The members who have not signed up are the losers, you are the winners as you get more space for more pieces, if you want it.

I emailed a postcard to the entire membership list, son if you didn't get that email, either OPAS mailings are being filtered by your system as spam or you have changed your email list and not changed it on the OPAS site.

Here is the postcard again:

As for food, every participating artist, who attends the opening reception, is to bring finger food and/or liquid refreshment. (No liquor licence, so no alcohol.)

Jane has volunteered to help organize the food as you arrive with it on Saturday October 29. If you could arrive between the 11am opening and 12noon when the reception begins, it will give the volunteers time to set things up. 

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