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Pacific NW Plein Air 2015


Celebrating the Pacific Northwest Landscape

August 7-30, 2015


Pacific Northwest Plein Air is a series of events featuring the art and literary work of accomplished painters and writers.  Artists and writers from around the country will draw creative inspiration from the incredible vistas throughout the Gorge and the Pacific Northwest. Watch the artists paint at locations (tba) in the Gorge or at the QuickDraw event during which the artists will set up and paint within a two-hour timeframe in Hood River’s downtown. Come and see the stunning exhibit of Plein Air landscapes hung salon-style and on display during the month of August at Columbia Art Gallery. Attend the Collector’s Preview Party, August 7 4-6pm, for first choice of purchase, or the Opening Reception 6-8pm to meet the artists and the award-winners for the event.

Writing Exhibition Event

To learn about the writing portion of Plein Air 2015, click here.

Selected Artists

Selected artists for this year are Elena Balekha, Celeste Bergin, Don Bishop, Laurel Bushman, Thomas Clark, Jeanne Chamberlain, Bets Cole, Laura Gable, Scott Gellatly, Simran Gleason, Carole Gray-Weihman, Bonnie Griffith, Ben Hamburger, Jack Hannula, Rachel Harvey, Tayla Johnson, Thomas Kitts, Ria Krishnan, Anna Lancaster, Michael Lewis, Sergio Lopez, David McBride, Anton Pavlenko, Jan Poynter, Joanne Radmilovich-Kollman, Mike Rangner, Cathleen Rehfeld, Gregg Russell, Kristina Sellers, Silvio Silvestri, Kat Sowa, Bill Stanton, Melanie Thompson, Randall Tillery, Eric Voight, Yer Za Vue, Yong Hong Zhong.


Our Show Juror this year is  Bryan Mark Taylor  (, who will also be teaching our Saturday workshop.

A world traveler and an accomplished landscape and cityscape painter, Bryan Mark Taylor is currently working out of his San Francisco Bay Area studio. Bryan has won numerous top awards at the nation’s most prestigious plein air invitationals and his work has been shown in museums across the country.  He has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest Art, American Art Collector and American Artist Workshop magazines.

Bryan has had many successful one man shows and has been featured in numerous group shows including the Coors Western Art and California Art Club’s Gold Medal show. Bryan is represented by galleries in California, Colorado and Utah and his work is found in private, corporate and museum collections around the world.

Bryan is a sought after teacher and lecturer has taught courses around the country including the Academy of Art University, Pixar and the Scottsdale Artists School. Bryan has also been a featured speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Plein Air Convention and has produced an instructional DVD titled “Painting Cityscapes.” Bryan has also developed a premier outdoor painting system called the STRADA Easel which is used by plein air artists around the world.

Bryan has traveled extensively carefully observing and capturing nature’s everyday miracles. Bryan was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA from Brigham Young University in 2001 and his MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2005. He lives with his wife and three children in Lafayette, California.


11th Annual Pacific NW Plein Air Award Winners

First Place:  Cathleen Rehfeld, Hood River, OR for “Hood River Valley”

Second Place:  Yer Za Vue, Portland, OR for “In the Shadow of Greatness”

Third Place: Anton Pavlenko, Happy Valley, OR for “Chicken Coops”

Quick Draw:  Mike Rangner, Albany, OR  for “A Slice of Downtown”

Best Mountain:  Melanie Thompson, Richland, WA for “Morning Vista”

Best Sky: Carol Gray-Weihman, Penngrove, CA for  “Sunrise on the Dell”

Best Water: Scott Gellatly, Portland, OR for “Along Hood River”

Honorable Mention:  Thomas Kitts, Portland, OR for “Glacial Milk”

Honorable Mention:  Randall Tillery, Sisters, OR for “Mt Adams from the Vineyard”

Honorable Mention:  Sergio Lopez, Santa Rosa, CA for “Breezy Day on the River”

Honorable Mention:  Yong Hong Zhong, Portland, OR for “Evening Light”

Honorable Mention:  Bonnie Griffith, Meridian, ID for “Cascade Locks Pond”

Honorable Mention: Bill Stanton, Corbett, OR for “Complexion of Summer”



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More Information

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Columbia Center for the Arts

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PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

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