Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event

July 31 – August 3, 2017
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 remain on view and available for purchase through August 27.

July 31 – 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 8 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 27.

August 5 – August 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plein Air Exhibition at Maryhill

The plein air exhibition remains on view in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center with paintings available for purchase. Exhibition entry is free with museum admission. 


Celeste Bergin
Don Bishop
Brenda Boylan
Laurel Bushman
William Elston
Aimee Erickson
Eduardo Fernandez
Laura Gable
Scott Gellatly
Carole Gray-Weihman
Bonnie Griffith
Dotty Hawthorne
Steven Hill
Yong Hong Zhong
Eric Jacobsen
Jan Jewell
Aaron Johnson
Anita Johnston
Thomas Kitts
Bhavani Krishnan
Mary Lamery
Anna Lancaster
John Laney
Tracy Leagjeld
Michael Lindstrom
Sergio  Lopez
Jennifer McGill
Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki
Anton Pavlenko
Katey Ellen Price
Joanne Radmilovich Kollman
Mike Rangner
Cathleen Rehfeld
Sally Reichmuth
Stanley Robinson
Kristina Sellers
Matt Sterbenz
Susan Sutherland
Melanie Thompson
Patty Voje
Za Vue
Elo Wobig

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.