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Part of Plein Air competition

Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is hosting its sixth annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2010, Paint-Out and Write-Out from Aug. 26 to 30.

Writers are invited to spend five days visiting some of the most visually remarkable sites in the Columbia River Gorge and putting their impressions on paper to share with the public.

The writing portion of the Plein Air show is an open-call event that culminates in publication on the CCA website and a public reading in the CCA theater.

Writing can be prose or poetry (or any combination thereof).

The registration fee is $15, or $25 to include admission to the Painting Preview party on Sept. 2; the registration deadline is Aug. 10.

Writers who are interested in participating should visit the website for more information and link to entry form.

Important Dates:

Aug. 10, registration deadline

Aug. 26-30, write-out days, locations TBD

Aug. 31, submission deadline

Sept. 19, public reading, 7 p.m.

October (TBA), online anthology launch

En plein air is a French term for painting in the out-of-doors with the goal of capturing a moment—the lighting, the clouds, the mood -- as quickly as possible.

While plein air painting is popular across the country, Columbia Center for the Arts is the only organization that includes writers.

The idea for writers is essentially the same: capture a moment before it disappears. Of course, writers are not bound to re-create visual portraits of the landscape -- the "moment" might involve other people in the area, sounds or conversations overheard, smells and sensations, or even inner thoughts.

The goal is to capture a snippet of time as deftly and quickly as possible and paint a picture for others to "see."


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