The Ohio Plein Air Society is one of the most active and dynamic plein air associations in the country, and their latest endeavor was an artist-in-residency program at a wildlife sanctuary.
The residencies were funded by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System and the Ohio Arts Council, and five members of OPAS participated: Debra Joyce Dawson, Christopher Leeper, Robin Roberts, Doreen St. John, and Bridgette Turner. The painters were juried in and given stipends for each week they participated. Dawson stayed at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary for three weeks, while others stayed for two or just one week. In all, more than 95 paintings were created during the residencies; all were on view for one day at the Appalachian Forest Museum, in Bainbridge, Ohio, and then many found their way onto the walls of the Bridgette Turner Gallery, in Columbus.