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Plein air competition heads to The Dalles

Tour location were artists are painting

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center welcomes all artists and art lovers for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2006, a multipart Plein Air painting event on Aug. 26 beginning at 9 a.m.

The show is juried by nationally acclaimed Plein Air painter, Jim Lamb. The event is organized and hosted by Center for the Arts in Hood River.

The event begins on Aug. 24 with a five-day paint out competition in locations in and around the Columbia River Gorge, and is followed by a month long exhibition of the paintings. All events are open to the public.

Locations include: Aug. 24 -- Pheasant Valley Winery; Aug. 25 -- downtown Hood River; Aug. 26 -- Columbia Gorge Discovery Center; August 27 -- Rasmussen Farms; and Aug. 28 -- Columbia Gorge Hotel.

"The breathtaking vistas and scenic diversity of the Pacific Northwest's Columbia River Gorge region make it an ideal place to do Plein Air Painting," said Cathleen Rehfeld, curator for the program.

Artists are encouraged to sign up soon if they want to participate in the events sponsored by the Columbia Center for the Arts. Art lovers are invited to watch the artists as they paint and to join the art show to follow.

Collectors and the general public are invited to tour the locations where artists will be painting.

Artists participating in the competition may submit up to 5 paintings to be juried for the show, which is open to artists working in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Aug. 29. Artists can participate in as many days as they are able, one or all five days, depending on their schedules.

To register for the paint out competition, to enter a piece into the show, to register for the workshop, or for more information, contact the Columbia Center for the Arts at (541) 387-8877 or


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