OPM started as an informal group of painters coordinating paint-outs together in around 2002. The group began recruiting new members and collecting fees to expand opportunities beginning in 2008. Articles of Incorporation were filed in 2012, and in 2015, OPM was recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 tax exempt organization.
Your $35 annual membership fee is used to coordinate painting workshops, sponsor painting competition prizes, rent exhibit space, and offer group participation in art fairs and events under OPM's banner. As we grow into a grant-funded charity, we hope to be able to host our own plein air events, coordinate plein air road trips, collaborate with other organizations to host themed exhibits, and even offer international plein air workshops and coordinated travel opportunities. Join now and bring your ideas, your talents, your friends, and a volunteer spirit!