This September, Columbia Art Gallery will host the eighth annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air exhibition and competition.
At the heart of the event is a five-day Paint-Out and Write-Out during which 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 the month-long art show at Columbia Art Gallery.
"It's no surprise that each year more artists enter the competition and more writers participate," said Columbia Center for the Arts Gallery Manager Caroline Mead. "This is our most popular event of the year and it has grown each year because the quality of the art is superb, and because the beauty of Hood River and its friendly, relaxed atmosphere make it a perfect venue for Plein Air."
This year, acclaimed Plein Air painter Randall Sexton will serve as juror. Of the 68 artists that applied from all over the country, 35 finalists were invited to participate. The top prizes will be announced First Friday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
The public is welcome to join artists at paint-out locations and experience Plein Air firsthand!
Plein Air Locations:
Monday, Aug. 20: Painting for Children, Hood River Library Lawn, Hood River.
Friday, Aug. 31: The Gorge White House, Hood River Valley.
Saturday, Sept. 1: Mills Private Residence, Hood River Valley.
Sunday, Sept. 02: Sakura Ridge B & B, Hood River Valley.
Monday, Sept. 3: Waterfront Park, Hood River.
Tuesday, Sept. 4: Downtown Hood River.