Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event

July 30 – August 25, 2018
Pacific Northwest Plein Air
in the Columbia River Gorge

Drawing on a long tradition of painting in the open air, this event attracts some of the finest painters from the Pacific Northwest and from across the country to capture the stunning light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia River Gorge. After four days of painting, works are displayed at Maryhill with juror-awarded prizes given to the most exceptional works. Paintings are available for purchase August 4 through August 25, 2018 in the Event Sales Gallery in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. Proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it.

July 30 – August 3 | all day
Pacific Northwest Plein Air Paint Out

Artists spend four days painting at various locations throughout the Gorge, including on the grounds of Maryhill.

August 4 | 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening Reception: Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge
The public is invited to view the “fresh” paintings artists created in plein air, meet the artists, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Artwork will be available for purchase, with a percentage of the sales benefiting Maryhill. Awards will be given in a number of categories, including “Best Sky,” “Best Mountain,” “Best Water,” “Maryhill Museum Award,” and a purchase award. Paintings remain on view and available for purchase through August 25.



Coming soon….

Pacific Northwest Plein Air is made possible by the generosity of Blick Art Materials, Burley Design, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Dakine, David Burbach Photography,  Dog River Coffee, Domino’s Pizza, Framing Resource, Full Sail Brewing Co., Gamblin Artists Colors, The Griffin House on the Columbia River Gorge, Byron and Sue Henry, Stephen and Laura Muehleck, PleinAir Magazine, RayMar Art Panels, Rosemary & Co. Brushes, and Scottsdale Artists’ School.

Watch a video of several artists painting during the 2016 plein air event.