Friday, September 4, 2009

Reception, Friday, September 4, 2009 at Columbia Art Gallery

Reception Night!
Gregg Caudell
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Kat Sowa and art appreciator
Rowena Sandford
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A prize winning painting
The Plein Air Painting & Writing for Children Show & Middle School Photography Show in the studio

Friday, September 4, 2009 Awards Reception

2009 Pacific Northwest Plein Air brought 32 talented artists together for a five-day plein air painting event that culminated in an awards ceremony and reception at Columbia Art Gallery on Friday, September 4th. Judging the competition, nationally recognized and awarding winning artist Ned Mueller made these selections:

Eric Jacobsen 1st Place 
Mike Kowalski 2nd Place 
Eric Bowman 3rd Place 
Mitch Baird Honorable Mention 
Cathleen Rehfeld Honorable Mention 
Celeste Bergin Honorable Mention
Amanda Houston Honorable Mention
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Artist's Choice - Eric Jacobsen

And many Purchase Awards selected by collectors!
 
Thanks to everyone for their participation in making this a successful event!
A very special Thanks to Eric Jacobsen, Rich Krueger, Ned Mueller, Our sponsors and collectors, The Columbia Art Gallery staff and volunteers and Gallery Manager Catherine Kiewit.
The paintings will be on display at Columbia Art Gallery through September 28.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, Downtown Hood River

Sunshine and the encouragement of passers-by made the day a good one for painters in Downtown Hood River! This is the day all the artists will turn in their submissions to the Columbia Art Gallery. The show opens September 4, 2009 with an artist's reception and the public is invited! See you there!.

Bonnie White paints a watercolor near the library

Hope Stevenson is painting an oil painting (Fellow painters Gregg Caudell, Joe Howard and Todd Smith looking on)


Rowena Sandford paints a storefront from the back of her car

A painter's location
Final Destination!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday at Hollenbeck Park & Surrounding area, Trout Lake, WA

Artists who made the trip to Hollenbeck Park today found beautiful water "features", wide open spaces, livestock and the majestic Mt. Adams.... all waiting to be made into paintings. Here are some participants who were there to capture the day:
Finding scenes (Jan Muir in center)
Hope Stevenson just getting set up (& wearing new apron!)
Mitch Baird, Dave and Eric Jacobsen looking over a map
Todd Smith & Eric Jacobsen (looking on)
Rowena Sandford 
Beth Verheyden
Celeste Bergin (at nearby Gifford Pinchot area)
Hollenbeck Park, Trout Lake, WA

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday, Maryhill Museum, Goldendale WA

Oops, that's not an artist. The peacocks are roaming the grounds at the Maryhill Museum. Free Range Peacocks.

A painting in progress... The Maryhill Museum Entrance.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday, Columbia Hills State Park

Painters met at the Columbia Hills State Park (and the surrounding area) today. Artists who braved the wind (and park sprinklers) were rewarded by spectacular views including all of the Columbia hills, Horsethief Lake, banks of the Columbia River and vistas from Dalles Mountain road.
Mike Kowalski near Columbia Hills State Park entrance
Gregg Caudell and Cathleen Rehfeld on Dalles Mountain Road
Jan Muir on Dalles Mountain Road
Joe Howard in the Columbia Hills State Park
Joe moves because of man made precipitation

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday 8/27/09 Orientation for Plein Air Painters at the Gorge White House in Hood River, OR

Orientation was held today at The Gorge White House. The participants heard about how things are going to work this year, received gifts from sponsors and then fanned out to select their spots. The Gorge White House property is the quintessential plein air painting location, with Mt. Adams in the North, Mt. Hood in the South, a fruit orchard, a huge dahlia garden, not to mention the historic White House itself.  Thanks, once again, to Camille Hukari for letting us come here to paint.
Kat Sowa
Michael Orwick
Eric Bowman

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Painting Sites for 2009 August 27 - August 31

Thursday August 27 - The Gorge White House
Working farm, fruit orchard, u pick flowers, wines, art, majestic old farmhouse beautifully restored.
http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com
265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031, 541-386-2828

Friday August 28 - Columbia Hills State Park, WA
Includes Horsethief Lake, the Dalles Mountain Ranch in Klickitat County, the park includes Horsethief Lake. Camping is allowed. Area is 3,338 acres (13.5 km2). It has over a mile of bank of the Columbia River.
http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Columbia%20Hills
Hwy 14 milepost 85, Goldendale, WA

Saturday August 29 - Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA
Grounds, gardens, river, tall trees, high desert plateau
http://www.maryhillmuseum.org
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA, 98620, 509-773-3733

Sunday August 30 - Hollenbeck Park, Troutlake, WA
Mt. Adams up close! Hollenbeck Park located near Trout Lake WA. This rural spot sports a group camp area, great views, a babbling brook, 2 lovely porto-lets, 1 elect plug (for all to share) and a potable water spigot. Camping is in grassy field with some sparse trees - no sand, gravel or asphalt slabs anywhere! This place is highly casual and folks just wander in and set up camp.
address: 33 Mt Adams Rd. (off Hwy 141 to Mt. Adams)
Owners:Zoe and Gerald Wood

Directions:
* At Chevron Station (road splits) in town and go about 1/4 mile across creek.
* Left at 4-way intersection - look for sign to park, go about 300 yards down driveway
* Right at sign to Hollenbeck park

The owners work at day jobs and do not advertise. Some portion of this land is a working farm.

Monday August 31 - Downtown Hood River
Paint the town! Charming downtown, boutiques, coffee shops...
I- 84, 60 Miles from Portland, OR

AND just so you will know, Rasmussen Farm always welcomes plein air painters, they have lots of things to paint, sunflowers, Mt. Hood, valley, farm buildings, tractors etc.
http://www.rasmussenfarms.com/
3020 Thomsen Rd., Hood River, OR

Locations Map for 2009 Plein Air Painting and Writing.
Click on this map to enlarge.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Our Official Press Release 2009

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2009

Re: Columbia Art Gallery Plein Air Show

Contact: Columbia Center for the Arts

Joanie Thomson, Executive Director

Catherine Kiewit, Gallery Manager

215 Cascade Avenue

Hood River, OR 97031

541 387-8877

director@columbiaarts.org


Pacific Northwest Plein Air Gallery Exhibition

Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, Oregon announces its September Exhibition, “Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2009, Painting Outdoors from the Mountains to the Sea” featuring 32 Regional Artists. The Pacific Northwest is Plein Air Painter Paradise. Each year, artists gather in the Columbia River Gorge 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. In a very small area, there is a diverse range of climate zones for artists to paint.

This year’s 5th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air exhibit focuses on paintings and about our natural surroundings. The artists for this event are dedicated to the historic tradition of painting directly from life. Through this approach of firsthand observation, they capture atmospheric conditions, light, and beautiful scenery that surrounds us all. The public is invited to the artists’ reception and show opening on Friday, September 4, from 6 - 8pm. The show will continue through September 27.

This year the Columbia Art Gallery is proud to feature these exceptional artists:

Mitch Baird - West Linn, OR
Celeste Bergin - Portland, OR
Eric Bowman -Tigard, OR
Gregg Caudell - Republic, WA
Leslie Cheney-Parr - Sandy, OR
Mary Lou Epperson - Beaverton, OR
Jo Anna Frost- Mosier, OR
Scott Gellatly - Portland, OR
Rachel Harvey - Mt. Hood, OR
John Haugse - Hood River, OR
Amanda Houston - Cornelius, OR
Joe Howard - Hillsboro, OR
Eric Jacobsen - Glenwood, WA
Larry Johnson - Vancouver, WA
Mike Kowalski - Nordland, WA
Mark Larsen - Portland, OR
Michael Lewis - Othello, WA
Peter Mathios - Albany, OR
Jan Muir – Husum, WA
Michael Orwick - Beaverton, OR
Mike Rangner - Albany, OR
Cathleen Rehfeld - Hood River, OR
Rowena Sandford - Trout Lake, WA
Elizabeth See - White Salmon, WA
Todd Smith - The Dalles, OR
Kat Sowa - Portland, OR
Hope Stevenson - Portland, OR
Sue Sutherland - Hood River, OR
David Taylor - Happy Valley, OR
Donna Van Tuyl - Goldendale, WA
Beth Verheyden - Boring, OR
Bonnie White - White Salmon, WA

From August 27-31 the artists will be visiting five predetermined locations throughout the Gorge seeking scenic inspiration for their paintings. The public is invited to watch these artists in action!

Thursday August 27 - The Gorge White House – Hood River, OR
Working farm, fruit orchard, u pick flowers, wines, art, majestic old farmhouse beautifully restored.
265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR

Friday August 28 - Columbia Hills State Park, WA
Includes Horsethief Lake, the Dalles Mountain Ranch in Klickitat County, the park includes Horsethief Lake and over a mile river front access along the Columbia River.
Hwy 14 milepost 85, Goldendale, WA

Saturday August 29 - Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA
Grounds, gardens, river, tall trees, high desert plateau
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA

Sunday August 30 - Hollenbeck Park, Trout Lake, WA
Mt. Adams up close!
Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA

Monday August 31 - Downtown Hood River, OR
Paint the town! Charming downtown, boutiques, coffee shops, pedestrians...
I- 84, 60 Miles from Portland, OR

Award winning plein air painter and instructor, Ned Mueller from Renton, Washington, will be the juror this year—he will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. There will also be an opportunity for the public to cast a vote for their favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award. Show Coordinator, Cathleen Rehfeld, has been organizing this event in Hood River since its conception 5 years ago. “Every year more artists apply and more collectors come to buy. We are fortunate that Hood River offers such a good central location for artists to congregate and also provide quick access to the variety of climate zones within a 30 mile radius,” Rehfeld says of the event. For more information on this event please visit our website: www.ColumbiaArts.org.

Columbia Art Gallery, located in the Columbia Center for the Arts, is a non-profit community gallery with the mission to promote an arts-rich environment in the Columbia Gorge area. The Columbia Center for the Arts is located in downtown Hood River at 215 Cascade Ave. Hood River, Oregon and is open everyday during the month of September from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sites for Plein Air 2009 are in the works!

Photo by Darryl Lloyd

As most of you know, we try to find places to paint that will be beautiful to paint, inspiring, and with a certain level of comfort for everyone, restrooms and places to park etc. What's that saying? You can't please all of the people all of the time? I hope we please all the painters some of the time, anyway. We try to select all of our sites carefully, with the painters in mind.


The Gorge White House
Owner Camille Hukari, has a beautifully restored home and a lovely orchard/farm that has many things of interest to paint, a pear orchard, a huge field of u-cut flowers, gladiolas, dahlias and many more I don't know the names of.
Troutlake Washington, Hollenbeck Park
Located in very scenic Troutlake, WA. The residents of Troutlake are very excited to have us paint there this year. Troutlake is unbelievably beautiful, with striking close up views of Mt. Adams.
Hood River, Oregon Downtown
Bustling and busy small town atmosphere. Lots of interesting buildings and people to paint in downtown.
TBA
Another 2 sites, but we haven't decided where yet. We are still scouting around for something new, where we haven't painted before, there is so much to choose from here! I will keep you posted.

Don't forget to apply to be in the Plein Air 2009 show, the deadline is fast approaching, June 30.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

2009 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Painting Exhibition
Columbia Center for the Arts

Event Dates: 8/27/09 - 9/30/09

REQUIREMENTS for jurying process, entry deadline is June 30, 2009

HOW TO APPLY
Submit 6 Images online for the jurying process at www.callforentry.org
Jury Fee (Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show): $25.00

Unlike previous Pacific Northwest Plein Air application processes, this year’s will be conducted entirely online. All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Time) on June 30, 2009. Columbia Center for the Arts will not accept applications directly. If you are new to CaFÉ, please allow yourself enough time to become familiar with the application system and requirements. Applicants are asked to submit 6 digital images and an artist statement through www.callforentry.org. Please visit the website for complete instructions on how to apply. There is no fee to register and use this website.

ELIGIBILITY
Any resident of the United States is eligible to apply. However, submitted artwork must have been painted on location in the Pacific Northwest: British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, or Montana.

LOCATION
The Pacific Northwest is Plein Air Painter Paradise. Each year, artists gather in the Columbia River Gorge 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. In a very small area, there is a diverse range of climate zones for artists to paint. Nestled along the Columbia River, the town of Hood River sits between the two snow capped volcanoes Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Only a 10 minute drive to the East takes you to the Transitional Zone where the Cascade Mountain Range meets the Desert. The High Desert and Deschutes River are 35 minutes further. To the West, visitors can wander the temperate rain forest and discover alpine lakes and streams. Portland is 1 hour West of Hood River and the scenic Oregon Coast is 2.5 hrs West of Hood River.

Fee: $25.00 (Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show)
Event Dates: 8/27/09 - 9/30/09
Entry Deadline: 6/30/09

Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2009 :: Fifth Annual Paint Out and Gallery Exhibition held at the Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon. Located in the heart of Oregon's National Scenic Area. Show Reception and Awards Friday September 4, 2009 6-8pm, open to the public.

Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.