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Five-Day Paint-Out Starts

For Plein Air event

Artists and writers create works of art and literature during a five-day Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2011 "Paint-Out/Write-Out" which takes place in five scenic locations throughout the Columbia River Gorge, Aug. 25-29.

The general public is welcome to come and watch. Dates and locations are:

Thursday, Aug. 25: The Gorge White House in Hood River.

Friday, Aug. 26: Pebble Beach, Stevenson.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Mosier Plateau, Mosier.

Sunday, Aug. 28: Gorge Crest Vineyards, Underwood.

Monday, Aug. 29: Downtown Hood River and Marina.

The Paint-Out is a competitive event. This year, 40 artists were selected by a panel of judges. Jim Lamb will judge the entries for first, second and third place prizes.

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

The Plein Air Gallery Show opens on Sept. 2 at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River and extends through Sept. 25. The opening reception is on Sept. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Artists selected to participate this year by a panel of jurists are: Celeste Bergin, Don Bishop, Diana Botkin, Brenda Boylan, Gillian Bull, Rosemarie Caffarelli, Gregg Caudell, Bets Cole, Paula Ensign, Nathalie Equall, Peter Fox, Scott Gellatly, Rachel Harvey, Steve Hilt, William Hook, Joe Howard, Eric Jacobsen, Aaron Johnson, Becky Joy, Kimberly Kent, Suzy Kitman, Christine Knowles, Mike Kowalski, Mark Larsen, Karen Lewis, Gretha Lindwood, Sergio Lopez, Jan Muir, Sandra Offutt, Michael Orwick, Anton Pavlenko, Mike Rangner, Cathleen Rehfeld, Kathleen Secrest, Kat Sowa, Donna Van Tuyl, Eric Voight, Bonnie White, Karen Whitworth, Susan Woolf.

The public is invited to hear writers read samples of their works at a public reading to take place on Sept. 4, beginning at 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.

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