Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A message from Maryhill Museum

Maryhill Museum of Art is cancelling the 2020 edition of Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge because of concerns about the health and safety of PNWPA artists and the public. The conditions in which artists are used to working here in the Gorge may still be diminished during late July and the opening reception and sale may not be allowed to occur as expected. All artists who were chosen for this year’s event will automatically become 2021 artists. Peggi Kroll Roberts will be next year’s juror and her workshop will occur then.
Thinking ahead, the 2021 Plein Air Painting in the Columbia River Gorge paint-out is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 26. Work will be turned in to the museum on Thursday afternoon, July 29, and the opening reception will be on Saturday night, July 31. The exhibition/sale is planned for the museum’s education center from August 1–21, 2021, with art pickup occurring during the day of Sunday, August 22.
Please contact Steve Grafe at the museum if you have any questions: steve [at]

Monday, August 5, 2019

Award Winning Paintings Pacific NW Plein Air 2019

First Place/Museum Purchase Award: Yong Hong Zhong (Lake Oswego, OR), 
Vista House at Sunset, watercolor, 12” x 16”

Second Place: Yer Za Vue (Portland, OR), Awestruck, oil, 16” x 20

Third Place: Sergio Lopez (Santa Rosa, CA), Down by the River, oil, 12” x 20

Honorable Mention: Aimee Erickson (Portland, OR), That’s So Beautiful, oil, 11” x 14”

Honorable Mention: Anton Pavlenko (Happy Valley, OR), Stonehenge Vista, oil, 16” x 20”

Honorable Mention: Cathleen Rehfeld (Hood River, OR), Horsethief Butte, oil, 8” x 16”

Honorable Mention/Museum Purchase Award: Erik Sandgren (Portland, OR), She Who Watches Sees Landscape Merging with Millennial Iconography at Horsethief Butte, acrylic on panel, 12” x 24”

Best Sky: Melanie Thompson (Richland, WA), New Beginning, oil, 8” x 10”

Best Mountain: Bhavani Krishnan (Hillsboro, OR), Mountain Air, oil, 12” x 16”

Best Water: Yong Hong Zhong (Lake Oswego, OR), Sandy River Reflection, watercolor, 11” x 14”

National Scenic Area Award: Tiffanie Mang (Glendale, CA), At the Top of Mosier, gouache, 8” x 8”

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award: Lilli-anne Price (Salinas, CA), Bingen Skyline, oil, 12” x 24”

Maryhill Award: Aaron Cordell Johnson (Moscow, ID), Afternoon Shade, gouache, 9” x 13

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award Runner-Up: Elo Wobig (Portland, OR), 
Shoulders of the Columbia River, oil, 12” x 16

See all photos from the event on our facebook page (and please "like us" while you are there)! 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Awards Reception, Saturday, August 3, 2019

What a fantastic reception (and sales were brisk)! There are photos to come, but let this one image suffice until we get the photos all together. Here are some (but not all) of the award winners. Thank you to our juror Patrick Saunders and to Maryhill Museum, Steve Grafe and Byron and Sue Henry as well as all our sponsors. 
First Place: Yong Hong Zhong (Lake Oswego, OR)
Second Place: Yer Za Vue (Portland, OR) Third Place: Sergio Lopez (Santa Rosa, CA)
4 Honorable Mentions:
Aimee Erickson (Portland, OR)
Anton Pavlenko (Happy Valley, OR)
Cathleen Rehfeld (Hood River, OR)
Erik Sandgren (Portland, OR)
Best Sky: Melanie Thompson (Richland, WA)
Best Mountain: Bhavani Krishnan (Hillsboro, OR)
Best Water: Yong Hong Zhong (Lake Oswego, OR)
National Scenic Area Award: Tiffanie Mang (Glendale, CA)
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award: Lilli-anne Price (Salinas, CA) Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award Runner-Up: Elo Wobig (Portland, OR)
Museum Purchase Award(s) Erik Sandgren
Maryhill Award: Aaron Cordell Johnson (Moscow, ID)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Day 4, Pacific NW Plein Air 2019

It's take-in day

Gretha and Yong check their entries

Raphael goes over his paperwork

The pizza has arrived!

A great party!

comparing notes

swapping stories!

lots of laughs!

Catching up!

An impromptu show and tell of the paintings

Jenay shows a painting she did today

Tiffanie gets some help "displaying" her paintings

Melanie shows her sunset painting

Ben gets some 'Vanna White' assistance

Aimee draws a crowd

Yong and Joanne taking note

Sergio's time to go home

But, some will continue on to the Artist campsite 

It's been a long day!

But it's not quite over yet!  (Brrrr!)

To see all the photos from Day 4 visit our facebook page

Tomorrow (Friday) is the one day workshop for those who are registered
Saturday August 3, You are cordially invited to the reception, 5-7 
at Maryhill Museum 
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Day three! Pacific NW Plein Air 2019

Artists cooling off in the Columbia River!

It's become "a thing"!

Back on land!

Za and Michael having a confab

Dave and Michael take a break

A preview painting!

another! #pnwpleinair2019 

A view from Stonehedge

Paintings everywhere you look!

Artists get ready for the final painting day...tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Day two! Pacific NW Plein Air 2019

Our photographer didn't know where any of the artists were painting today...
Where did everyone go?

So, We have found a few paintings that artists have shared on social media

These images will tide us over until the artists are found

Enjoy the sneak preview

The artists are sharing their in-progress work

with the hashtag #pnwpleinair2019

Will you be at the reception on Saturday?

That way you will see all the paintings 

from 40+ artists

The reception is 5-7pm Saturday, August 3

At Maryhill Museum! 
One more day and 1/2 to go until all the work is turned in!