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Pacific Northwest Plein Air event returns for 6th year

First up, children's art class

Now in its sixth year, Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2010 in the Columbia River Gorge, is a series of art events and wine tasting opportunities featuring the art and literary works of accomplished painters and writers.

At the heart of the event is a five-day Paint-Out and Write-Out where works of art and writing are created at various outdoor locations in and around the Columbia River Gorge.

Works of art will subsequently be available for viewing and sale during a month-long gallery show at Columbia Art Gallery.

Forty artists have been selected by a panel of jurors to participate in this year's event.

Additional events include: A public reading of the writers' works and the release of an online anthology, a plein air art class for children, two artist receptions, an art preview party, and several opportunities for wine tasting featuring premier wines from the Columbia Gorge wine region.

New this year is a one-day "Quick Draw" event where artists paint small works in outdoor locations, while art enthusiasts look on and vie to purchase these affordable pieces of art even before the paint dries.

Also new is an artist reception and wine tasting, open to the public, at Springhouse Cellars Winery in Hood River.

Plein Air Art Class for Children, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

As in previous years, events kick off with a plein air art class for children, grades 2-8, at Dancing Moon Farm, an organic flower and vegetable farm in Hood River. Student works will be displayed during the opening of the plein air gallery show on Friday, Sept. 3.

Class size is limited, pre-registration is required, fee is $50. Register online at

Plein Air Paint-Out/Write-Out, Aug. 26-30, sunrise to sunset.

Artists and writers create works of art and literature during a five day "Paint-Out/Write-Out" which takes place in five scenic locations throughout the Columbia River Gorge. The general public is welcome to come and watch. Dates and locations are: Thursday, Aug. 26, The Gorge White House in Hood River; Friday, Aug. 27, Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood; Saturday, Aug. 28, Springhouse Cellar Vineyard in Mosier; Sunday, Aug. 29, The Dalles Mountain Ranch at Columbia Hills State Park, Klickitat County; and Monday, Aug. 30, downtown Hood River, OR

The Paint-Out is a competitive event. This year, 40 artists were selected by a panel of judges, including award-winning plein air painter and instructor, Ned Mueller, from Renton. Mueller will also judge the entries for first, second and third place prizes.

The Write-Out event, happening in parallel with the Paint-Out, is open to all writers regardless of experience.

Plein Air Paint-Out/Write-Out Reception: Springhouse Cellars Winery, Aug. 28, 5 p.m.

A Paint-Out/Write-Out reception for participating artists will be open to the public, includes music, and is free of charge.

Plein Air Collector's Preview Party, Sept. 2, 7 p.m.

The Collector's Preview Party gives art lovers a chance to purchase their favorite works of art before the show opens to the general public. The party features gourmet treats and wine tasting from local wineries. Tickets are $30. Purchase online at by Aug. 19 or call 541-387-8877.

Plein Air Gallery Show & Opening Reception, Opening Reception, Sept. 3, 6 p.m., Gallery Show, Sept. 3-26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Artworks created during the five-day Paint-Out will be available for purchase and selections of the writers' works will be on display.

Artists selected to participate this year by a panel of jurists are: Mitch Baird, Celeste Bergin, Don Bishop, Eric Bowman, Brenda Boylan, Gregg Caudell, Michael Clark , Janice Druian , Paula Ensign, Mary Lou Epperson, Scott Gellatly, Jef Gunn, Rachel Harvey, Julie Houck, Donald Howard, Diane Hub, Eric Jacobsen, James King, Thomas Kitts, Barry Kooser, Mike Kowalski, Mark Larsen, Karen Lewis, Sergio Lopez, James McGrew, Samantha Morris, Jan Muir, Michael Orwick, Neal Philpott, Mike Rangner, Cathleen Rehfeld, Todd Smith, Randall Stauss, Sue Sutherland, David Taylor, Donna Van Tuyl, Eric Voigt, Bonnie White, John Wilder, Jeanne Young.

Plein Air Quick Draw Paint-Out, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New this year is the plein air "Quick Draw" event which will take place in downtown Hood River and at the Hood River Marina.

This event is open to any artist who wants to participate, and to any onlooker who wants to watch artists as they work.

Organizer for the event Celeste Bergin says that quick-draws are very popular with both artists and art lovers. "Art enthusiasts love them because they get to watch artists paint quality works of art from start to finish, and because they can purchase them at affordable prices. "

Plein Air Quick Draw Gallery Show & Wine Tasting, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.

Artwork created during the Quick Draw event will be on display and for sale at the Quick Draw gallery show and reception. A wine tasting opportunity is included, where Columbia River Gorge wineries will be offering tastes of wines.

Plein Air Public Reading, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Select samples of the literary works of writers who participated in the five day Write-Out will be on display in the art center throughout the course of the month-long gallery show. In addition, the public is invited to hear writers read samples of their works at a public reading.

Plein Air Anthology Release, Oct. 20

This year, as in previous years, selections of the literary works of participating writers will be consolidated into an online Plein Air anthology, to be released.


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