Special thanks to our sponsors:
Dr. Scott W. Edgar, DMD
Additional thanks to:
Doppio Coffee • Full Sail Brewing Company • Mike's Ice Cream
Robert Joki / Sovereign Gallery
Now in its eighth year, Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2012 in the Columbia River Gorge, is a series of art events 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—the nation’s first designated National Scenic Area.
Works of art will subsequently be available for viewing and sale during a month-long art show at Columbia Art Gallery.
Artists, writers, and art lovers all get opportunities to share in the fun.
This year, acclaimed plein air artist Randall Sexton will be the juror for the show. Randall is an acclaimed Plein Air painter. Randall is a nationally known for his use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes.
Randall will be hosting a day long workshop Thursday, September 6, 2012. For more information, visit: Plein Air Workshop
Multiple events associated with the show are listed below.
Paint-Out: Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
Sunrise to Sunset
- Friday, August 31: The Gorge White House Hood River Valley, OR
- Saturday,September 1st: Mills Private Residence Hood River Valley, OR
- Sunday, September 2: Sakura Ridge Bed & Breakfast Hood River Valley, OR
- Monday, September 3: Waterfront Park Hood River, OR
- Tuesday, September 4: Downtown Hood River Hood River, OR
Artist Reception: Friday, Sept. 7
Meet the Artists!
- Join us on Friday, September 7 from 6 - 8 pm for the opening of the show. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced at 6:30pm.
Art Show: Sept. 7- Sept. 30
Artists Have Been Juried In
As in previous years, all art in this show is created by artists who have undergone a rigorous "jury" process, where artist samples are judged by experts. If you're looking for great art related to the Columbia River Gorge, by exceptional artists, in many cases at reasonable prices, then this is the art show for you!
2012 Northwest Plein Air Artists:
Plein Air Painting Workshop: Sept. 6
Taught by Randall Sexton
- Demonstration & Paint-out
- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Click for details: Plein Air Painting Workshop with Randall Sexton
Plein Air Writing: Sept. 9
- Plein Air Literary Works will be presented at a public reading in the Columbia Center for the Arts theater at 7pm
As in previous years, prizes and awards will be given to the artists. This year, prizes will include:
1st Place • 2nd Place • 3rd Place • 4 Honorable Mention • Best River • Best Waterfront • Best Sky • Best Farm Scene • Best Mountain • Vintner’s Pick • Best Western • Artists’ Choice • People’s Choice
In the Columbia River Gorge
A Paradise for Painters and Writers
The Pacific Northwest, and in particular, the area in and around the Columbia River Gorge, is Plein Air Painter Paradise. It's no surprise that each year at this time, artists and writers gather here to take in the stunning beauty of its black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls, and lush fir forests.
The town of Hood River itself is nestled along the Columbia River, and sits between the two snow capped volcanoes Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams ... making it not only an ideal, but also inspirational, host town for guest artists.
A National Scenic Area
Notably, in November 1986, Congress recognized the unique beauty of the Columbia River Gorge when it made it the nation's first National Scenic Area.
In addtion, In 2009, in its sixth annual survey of "Destination Stewardship," National Geographic rated Hood River as one of the top ten scenic areas in the world, on a par with the Bavarian Alps!