Monday, June 2, 2014

Thomas Kitts (July 25, 26 & 27) Workshop

2-Day Summer Workshop
Plein Air Painting & the Art of Composing on the Fly

Friday, July 25, 2014 – Orientation & Evening Lecture (7:00 pm)
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 8:30 am - 4:30 pm | Painting on location
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 8:30 - 5:30 pm | Painting + Gallery critique 

Hosted by the Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon

Composition is the art of leading the eye. A pleasing or successful painting doesn't just happen, it results from you, the artist, making a series of good decisions as you work. Since painting en plein air allows little time to deliberate this class will teach you how to make your design decisions more rapidly. Composition is more than just cropping an image, it involves anticipating where to place the point of focus, how to build up the paint, and what can be edited out altogether. This class will draw inspiration directly from nature while offering concrete ways to modify shape, edge, value and color to create a satisfying work of art. 

We will paint outdoors on location in the Hood River area. All work will be executed at a small scale – 6 x 8 to 8 x 10 inches at most – so as to encourage you to extract the essence of what you see. Mastering such simplification will ultimately strengthen the larger work you pursue after this workshop. You will be expected to produce at least four small paintings a day, perhaps more, as you explore how different compositions can affect a painting. For more information email: Caroline Mead

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kathryn Stats Workshop = Filled

Thanks to all for signing up promptly for Kathryn Stats workshop. There is now a waiting list.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Call to Artists / Prospectus 2014

2014 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition

Paint-Out and Competition 
In the Columbia River Gorge 

We are excited to announce this year’s Plein Air juror: Kathryn Stats. 

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition. This year, we are celebrating 10 years of showcasing art created en plein air in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Columbia River Gorge is a Plein Air Painter’s Paradise. Each year, artists gather to take in the stunning beauty of its black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls, and lush fir forests. In November 1986, Congress recognized the unique beauty of the Gorge when it made it the nation's first National Scenic Area.

Our exhibition is unique in that plein air painters are joined by writers, both seeking inspiration in the great outdoors. The show begins with a three-day paint-out and culminates in a month long exhibition at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we are introducing a Quick Draw event at our local farmer’s market and new prize, the Bobbie Rosemont Quick Draw Prize for $1000. We are also excited to announce this year’s Plein Air juror: Kathryn Stats.

This year, certain details have changed and are bolded below.


Applicants are asked to submit 5 digital images of their Plein Air artwork and an artist statement through (CaFÉ TM). Please visit the CaFÉTM website for complete instructions on how to apply. The entry fee is $40. All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Time) on Saturday June 15, 2014. Columbia Center for the Arts will not accept applications directly. If you have participated previously, some of the rules have changed and are listed below.

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Any resident of the United States and Canada is eligible to apply. However, upon acceptance, artwork delivered to the gallery must have been painted during the paint-out or three months prior, June – August 2014, in the Columbia River Gorge.


For this exhibition, at least 90% of the painting must be completed onsite and outdoors to be considered “Plein Air.”


This protected area offers a diverse range of climate zones for artists to paint all within an 80 mile radius. Nestled along the Columbia River, Hood River sits between the two snow-capped volcanoes, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Just a 10-minute drive to the East takes you to the Transitional Zone where the Cascade Mountain Range meets the Desert.


Phase 1: Artists interested in being featured in the Plein Air Exhibition in September need to apply now and be pre-screened through CaFÉ in order to be included in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition. During this initial review, a screening committee will evaluate the submitted images (these images must be examples of your actual Plein Air artwork) to determine if the artist will be invited to participate in the exhibition in September. 30 artists will be selected based on the Plein Air images they submit. All artists who apply willreceive electronic notification of the results of the screening process. Notification will be sent to the email address supplied when applying through CaFÉ.

Phase 2: The Artists identified by the screening committee will be featured in the September Exhibition. Accepted artists are expected to participate in the paint-out event during the week prior to the show opening.

All artwork must be original in concept. Compositions taken from published material or involving copyright infringement issues will not be considered. No student work under supervision is eligible. No work previously featured in the Columbia Gorge Region will be accepted. Artists may submit up to four pieces with a combined unframed area that cannot exceed 1250 square inches. Artists may submit one additional piece through participation in the Quick Draw. 

Accepted artists will receive follow up instructions including a detailed prospectus.


March 15th - CaFÉ begins accepting applications 
June 15th - Last date to submit application via CaFÉ Website 
July 5th - Notification e-mailed 
September 2nd – September 4th - Paint out dates 
September 4th - Artwork to be delivered to the gallery no later than 3 p.m. 
September 4th – Quick Draw Event at Hood River Farmer’s Market. 4 – 6 p.m. 
September 5th - Collector’s Preview Party & Public Reception, 4 – 6 p.m. 
September 5th – September 28th, 2014 Overall exhibit dates 
September 6th – Kathryn Stats Workshop. Details in sidebar
September 28th - Exhibition closes September 29th - Pick up artwork date


We are pleased to announce that the juror for the 2014 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition is Kathryn Stats. Once the exhibition is hung, Kathryn will select the top paintings which will receive ribbons, cash awards and/or gifts. Recipients of the juror’s awards are automatically invited to participate in the exhibition next year (2015) and need not be screened. Her website is


1st Place ($1000), 2nd Place ($750), 3rd Place ($500), 4 Honorable Mentions, Best Sky, Best Mountain, Best Water, Bobbie Rosemont Quick Draw Prize ($1000).


Fine art media will be accepted in the following categories: Oil • Acrylic • Watercolor • Pastel


Artists may submit up to four pieces with a combined unframed area that cannot exceed 1250 square inches.


Artwork must be professionally framed, * wired and ready for hanging. Required details include: Wire in good condition, flat D-rings used on frames, cleaned up canvas edges without visible staples.
No work will be accepted with screw-in eye hooks (unless the eye hooks are not protruding beyond the back of the frame) or metal tooth hangers. If you don’t know what these are - please ask and we will be happy to explain. *Contemporary painters sometimes present their work unframed. This will be acceptable as long as the canvas or wood edge is at least 1.5” thick, and the edges are finished in a professional manner with cleaned up canvas edges and without visible staples. All other hanging requirements will be the same.


All work must be FOR SALE and priced with intent to sell. • 60% to the artist • 40% commission supports Columbia Art Gallery, a non-profit community art gallery.


If you live outside the local area and wish to ship pieces home, all packaging, shipping, insurance and related costs are the responsibility of the artist. Artist is to provide all packing material (box, foam, label) for artwork that will be mailed back to artist after the show. Artist will also make arrangements in advance to cover shipping costs.


All hand-delivered artwork must be delivered to Columbia Art Gallery prior to or on Thursday, September 4th before 3 p.m. You may also ship artwork in advance to arrive prior to or on Thursday, Sept. 4th, 2013 to Columbia Art Gallery, 215 Cascade Street, Hood River, OR 97031. All artists will fill out an Artwork Submission form for artwork entries that includes: Artist Name, Title of Work, Size and Price. This list is your receipt for entries, and must be presented when picking up any and all work. Please pick up all unaccepted entries. Accepted entries, regardless of whether they are sold, may not be removed until close of show. All unsold works must be removed promptly at the end of the show to make room for the next show. Art not picked up within 60 days after the close of the show will become property of the Columbia Art Gallery.


Columbia Center for the Arts is an independent 501(c)(3) organization in downtown Hood River, Oregon. Within the Art Center is the Columbia Art Gallery, a 141-seat black-box Theater, and an Education and Studio facility; these three components serve virtually every segment of the Gorge community. For more details about any of our programs, please visit our website:


We have tried to ensure that the application information and instructions are clear and complete. Please consult the CaFE’ Web site for information about how to prepare digital images or complete an application. For technical support, contact CaFÉ at Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 5 pm Mountain Time. For questions about eligibility and other requirements, contact Columbia Art Gallery at or 541-387-8877 x 115. All questions should be made attention to Caroline Mead, Gallery Manager.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kathryn Stats 2014 Juror (September 6 Workshop details included)

(Reprinted with permission from Greenhouse Fine Art Gallery)

Even though one can identify her paintings from across the room, the defining characteristics of Kathryn Stats’ work are not easy to isolate. Her subject matter ranges from the roses that crowd her backyard to the snow in the nearby mountains. The southern Utah red rocks and northern Utah farmland are often subjects for her intricate compositions, which often defy the rules, but magically, always work. However, it’s most often her treatment of light that draws you to her work. The red rocks of southern Utah glow in the sunlight and turn mysteriously somber in the shadows. Sage and alfalfa fields are rich enough to seem almost fragrant, as are her brilliant flower studies. Her skies are filled with the promise of the reflected light below, which is always precisely located to make the composition work. “I love the fall,” she says. “The low angle of the sun lights the bottoms of the changing leaves with colors that really set me free.”

It is that freedom that makes her work so enjoyable. Her love of color, her unerring sense of proper light and her skillful brushwork make her strong, deliberate paintings feel effortless.

Born in Idaho in the mid-1940s, Kathryn Stats has lived most of her life in Utah. Though her family moved often during her childhood, she spent her teenage summers in Kaysville, Utah, with her grandmother--the sister-in-law of the famous Utah landscape painter LeConte Stewart. Surrounded by the rural landscape outside and his wonderful paintings in the house, it isn’t surprising that Kathryn would eventually start to paint. In her late twenties, living in Brazil with her husband and children, she began a career that has been both successful and gratifying. Her earliest lessons came from the books of such painters as Emil Gruppe and John F. Carlson. She later studied with Utah artists Ken Baxter and Frank Erickson.

Her floral studies and the distinctive landscapes that have become the hallmark of her work are in private and public collections worldwide. She has also garnered numerous awards from the growing list of exhibitions in which she has shown her work.

Her most recent awards include “Award of Excellence” and “Artist’s Choice” Horizon Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, 2004; “Purchase and Merit Award” Springville Museum of Art, April Salon, 2003; “People’s Choice” and “Artist’s Choice” awards, Rising Star Juried Invitational, Wickenburg, Arizona, 2002; “Best Oil” in the Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Mt. Carmel, Utah, 2002; “Purchase Awards” Desert News Art Show, 1983 and 2000; and “People’s Choice Award” Merrill Johnson Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2001.

"I think a good painting is like a good musical composition." Kathryn states, "It has harmony and rhythm, contrast and theme, sometimes even soloists. Those elements rarely just occur in a natural landscape. I find that I emphasize with detail and color, omit some things, mute others, even rearrange elements to create a composition that conveys my visual experience, my joy, to the viewer. It is this challenge that keeps me painting."

"The reason you keep doing it ---painting every day --- has to do with the viewer. You want the viewer to experience the same joy you feel---and nature sometimes makes it hard. So it’s a process of adjusting, of emphasizing, softening, even omitting, to make what you paint convey the right message to the viewer. Sometimes it’s a long process---other times the problems are easy to solve---but always---it’s a joy.


One-day Hood River Plein Air Workshop with Kathryn Stats:

WHERE: Hood River, Oregon (exact location TBA) 
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 6, 9:30am - 4:30 pm
COST: $100 --limited to 15 students

Send total payment, make check payable to Kathryn Stats:
402 E. Arlo Avenue, Sandy, UT 84070
(Please include all your contact information, including email address). 

Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up) and supplies (confirmation and supply list will be emailed to you upon registration).

Kathryn's one-day Plein Air workshop will include interpreting the subject, simplifying the landscape and matching color to a value (keeping with that value, neither lightening nor darkening it).

The Arizona Republic writes, “Kathryn Stats is a Utah artist whose best landscapes are a complete pleasure.  The paint in them is given over to the subject and you know that Stats doesn’t feel the need for any gimmicks to get her point across.  Direct, honest, and sensuous, these are the work of a genuine painter.” Kathryn Stats seeks to combine light, shadow, design and rhythm to create a provocative work that speaks to the awe and respect we have for nature.  She is equally at home with floral and still life painting.

Contact Columbia Art Gallery 541-387-8877 

Friday, February 14, 2014

PNW 10th Year Anniversary! 2014 Our Juror for this year is Kathryn Stats!

Kathryn Stats has won many awards and participates in the finest Plein Air events in the country and many prestigious art shows.

Here are some of her awards and shows:

Maynard Dixon Country 2012, Mt. Carmel, Utah - Popular Choice Award
Cowgirl Up, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenberg, AZ, Artists' Choice Award 2011
Permanent Collection of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Purchase Award, International Masters of Fine Art 2006
Edith Hamlin Award, Maynard Dixon Country 2006
Horizon Gallery, Jackson, WY/Artist’s Choice Award 2004
Horizon Gallery, Jackson, WY/Award of Excellence 2004
Purchase and Merit Award Springville Museum of Art April Salon 2003
Rising Stars Juried Invitational, Wickenburg, Arizona People’s Choice Award 2002
Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Mt. Carmel, UT/Best Oil 2002
Deseret News Art Show, Purchase Awards 1983 & 2000
Merrill Johnson Gallery, Denver/People’s Choice Award 2001


Plein Air Magazine/Winter 2011,”Lucky to be Outdoors Artists Profile
Art of the West March/April 09, "Sparkling Colors, Dancing Light"
By Myrna Zanetell
Fine Art Connoisseur, April 2006, "Radiant Joy", Feature Article.
American Art Collector, April 2006 Artist Profile in Artist Previews Section.
Southwest Art, July 2005, "Looking East at Sunset" Feature Article
Southwest Art, “Red Rocks & Rockies: Painting Utah, November 2003
Utah Art/Artists, 150 Year Survey
Artist to Watch, Art Talk Magazine
Utah Holiday Magazine
Southwest Art Magazine
Artists of Utah
Utah Painting and Sculpture
Utah Profile 1991-1992

She is a Charter member of Plein Air Painters of Utah

Her studio is located in Salt Lake City, UT. She is represented by Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio TX, The Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT and Wood River Fine Arts, Ketchum, ID

Kathryn Stats

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2013 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition Awards (Juror: Becky Joy)

1st Place: Aimee Erickson, Hood River Rails

2nd Place: Brenda Boylan, Forgotten Rails

3rd Place: David McBride, Rural Relaxation

4 Honorable Mentions (Green Home/Sponsor):

Honorable Mention: Steve Kleier, Out to Pasture

Honorable Mention: Michael Lindstrom, Alpine Sky

Honorable Mention: Aaron Cordell Johnson, Spring Intensity

Honorable Mention: Za Vue, Vista View

Best Pastel: Gretha Lindwood, Evening Lace

Best Oil: Za Vue, Columbia River

Best Watercolor: Bill Hook, On the Road to Odell

Best Acrylic: Karen Illari, Morning Light

Best Water: Kat Sowa, After Sail

Best Mountain: Sally O'Neill, Morning Glory

Best Sky: Jaqueline Lukowski, Clouds Moving In

People's Choice: Eric Jacobsen, Evening Glow
Todd Smith Artist Choice: Eric Jacobsen, Evening Glow