Monday, September 1, 2008

Monday Plein Air Painting in Downtown Hood River, OR

Gregg Caudell painting.
Gregg Caudell paints the fire hydrant downtown.

A beautiful sunny day in Downtown Hood River. One of the Plein Air Writers, Julie Jindal was reading us her poetry while we were painting. It was the Art Corner of Hood River!
Cathleen Rehfeld painting downtown.
One of the models for our paintings.
Painting downtown draws a lot of interest.

Photos by Celeste Bergin and David Burbach.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday at Sakura Ridge Lodge and Farm, Hood River, OR

The Red Tractor
Todd Smith oil painting the mountain.
The back of the Lodge.
Cathleen Rehfeld oil painting on a cold morning.
Beth Vanderheden starting a watercolor.
Mary Lou Epperson oil painting in the garden.
Joe Howard oil painting - Joe don't eat your brushes!
Bonnie White finishes another watercolor. She is prolific!
Donna Van Tuyl, pastelist paints in the cool morning.
Eric Jacobsen oil painting in the afternoon.
Janet Bland oil painting on the balcony overlooking the valley below, at Sakura Ridge.

Photos by Celeste Bergin

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photos from Saturday at the WAAAM, Western Antique Automobile and Aeroplane Museum

Linda Jo Hunter on the left, is interviewing Janet Bland. Linda is a writer for the plein air writing event. http://pleinairwriting.blogspot.comDonna Clark paints one of the antique cars.
Karen Watson, painting inside the museum with her ipod.
Gregg Caudell takes on a challenge inside the museum.
Joe Howard gets some serious painting done.
Janet Bland paints outdoors at the WAAAM.
David Mc Neil painting the beautiful views from the WAAAM.

Photos from Friday at the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA

Donna Van Tuyl is a pastelist and owner of Buckley the good luck charm.
Celeste Bergin oil painting.
Donna Clark oil painting.
Cathleen Rehfeld oil painting.
Buckley enjoys plein air painting.
Bonnie White doing a watercolor.
Photos by Celeste Bergin

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday Photos at The Gorge White House in Hood River, OR

Hood River Valley Orchard.

Eric Voigt paints the Hood River Valley and flag.

Gregg Caudell shows his plein air work.

Cathleen Rehfeld paints dahlias.

Photos by Max Krueger

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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

Here is the group. I think about 25 artists showed up. Thanks to Camille Hukari for letting us come here to paint, it is a beautiful place to paint. Mt. Adams is visible and Mt. Hood from Camille's property. The dahlias were all in bloom and the pear orchard was about ready to be harvested too.

More photos from Thursday

View of the Gorge White House.

Joe Howard busy painting. Sorry Joe, there were no horses to paint.
Mary Lou paints a masterpiece.
An artist paints on the balcony.
Charlene Rivers painting from the back of her vehicle.

Greg Caudell
More artists, Cathleen Rehfeld, Mitch Baird, Mike Rangner, Eric Jacobsen.

Photos by Celeste Bergin

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mt. Hood and Valley

This beautiful photo was taken by local photographer, Darryl Lloyd, his work can also be found at the Columbia Art Gallery.

We are getting very excited about the upcoming events for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show. The painting days are coming up soon, August 28-Sept 1. Then the Opening Reception open to the public, First Friday in September, Sept 5, 6-8pm. Artists will receive awards AND it is the night for the Fundraising Prius Car Raffle for the Columbia Center for the Arts. They will be giving away a Toyota Prius to a lucky raffle ticket holder, a maximum of 1800 tickets will be sold. Check the Columbia Center for the Arts if you would like to buy a ticket - $40 for a chance to win a Prius. See you there!

Please contact the Columbia Center for the Arts 541-387-8877, if you would like to participate in a Collector's Purchase Award.

Be sure to check out the Writers Events on their blog too. (in the column on the right)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Plein Air 08 Locations Map

Locations Map for 2008 Plein Air Painting and Writing.
Click on this map to enlarge.
You can download and print this map from: under Gallery News.

Directions to Plein Air sites

All directions assume one knows how to reach Hood River, Oregon.

1) Thursday Aug 28 - The Gorge White House
From the intersection near I-84’s Exit 64 (a right off the ramp, curvy road, straight through next stop sign), take Hwy. 35 (on the east side of town) south 4 miles. It is on the left. If you reach the Pine Grove Store and a gas station at a blinking yellow light, you missed it.

2) Friday Aug 29 - Maryhill Museum Note: Not Maryhill Winery as previously stated
Maryhill is 47 miles from Hood River. Two options:
Take I-84 east to I-97; wind up the hill to SR14. Take a left (heading west); Maryhill is the enormous concrete mansion on the left.
Take I-84 east and cross the Columbia River using the Hood River Bridge (Exit 64) or the I-197 bridge on the far end of The Dalles. Drive north to SR14; take a right and continue east until you see aforementioned mansion (you will pass Maryhill Winery).

3) Saturday Aug 30 - Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum
From I-84’s Exit 62, take a right and another, immediate, right on Country Club Road. Follow it until it hits a T (it’s a few miles); take a left on Barrett Drive. Go through two stop signs (the second is “Windmaster Corner,” after which you will be on Tucker Road); the museum is on the same property as the airport, on the right.

4) Sunday Aug 31 - Sakura Ridge Bed & Breakfast
From I-84’s Exit 62, take a right and another, immediate, right on Country Club Road. Follow it until it hits a T (it’s a few miles); take a right on Barrett Drive, a left on Sunset Road and a right on York Hill Drive (you’re basically skirting property lines with the zig-zagging). At the point that York Hill Drive is declared a dead end, keep going. The road will become gravel; go through the main gate and the orchard.

If you are coming to Sakura Ridge from the other direction on Oak Street, you will be taking a left on to Country Club Road.

5) Monday Sept 1 - Downtown Hood River
Oak Street is the main drag downtown, but you can paint anywhere. There are a couple of nice parks downtown too. Today is the deadline to turn in paintings to the art center by 5pm.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Paint spectacular views!

One of the spectacular views in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Border between Washington and Oregon.

The Pacific Northwest is Plein Air Painter Paradise
The Mt. Hood and Hood River area is unique and very attractive to a Plein Air painter. In a very small area, there is a very diverse range of climate zones to paint. Here in Hood River, we have the small town atmosphere, there is the Columbia River, Hood River, and Mt Hood. You can get to Mt. Hood in 45 mins, Mt. Adams in an hour, the Desert and High Desert is 20 minutes away, the Transitional Zone is 10 minutes away, and the Deschutes River is 45 minutes East. Then there is the Coast which is only 2.5 hrs West of Hood River.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2007 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show in the Columbia Art Gallery :: Hood River, Oregon

Last year 21 artists were chosen to participate in this event from an open, juried process. There were over 75 paintings in the show. There was 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and two honorable mention awards for Plein Air work, one Best of Studio Work award, and three Purchase Awards. The juror for the show was Susan Diehl, a well known plein air painter from Arizona.