Thursday, June 16, 2011


(Brooks Hickerson painting in 2010 Hillsboro plein air event)

Join the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council for the 5th Annual Hillsboro Plein Air Competition on July 15th and 16th!

Artists can enjoy painting the sights and scenes of historic downtown Hillsboro, the Saturday Farmer’s Market and—new this year—the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Painters can compete in three categories: Landscape, City Scene and Figurative Quick Draw, with cash prizes in each category.

Contestants may check in as early as 9 am on Friday, July 15th at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Artists must have their canvases stamped at the time of check-in to enter them in the competition. All entries are due at 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 16th at the Arts Center.

A Figurative “Quick Draw” event will take place on July 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the East Lawn of the Arts Center. Costumed models from Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing will provide a historically themed tableaux vivant or “living picture” for painters to capture during the Quick Draw event.

A catered reception and award ceremony will close the event on Saturday, July 16th at 2:30 p.m. on the East Lawn of the Arts Center.

Local artist Kitty Wallis will judge the competition. Wallis is a professional painter and pastel artist, who has painted and taught across the country for more than 40 years. She is also the inventor and manufacturer of Wallis Sanded Paper for Artists.

Painters ages 16 and up are welcome to participate. There is a $25.00 registration fee for each participant. All participating artists are invited to leave their works to be exhibited at the Walters Cultural Arts Center during the month of August.

You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this event! The public is welcome to experience the creative process in action or join the artists for the closing reception and wine tasting on July 16th.

All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

To register for this event or for information including rules, prizes and fees, call 503-615-3485 or visit

Hillsboro Plein Air is presented by the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council with the support of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department, the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, the Walters Cultural Arts Center, Art Media, Gamblin Artists Colors, Garden Vineyards, Guerrilla Painter, Helvetia Winery, Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing, J. Albin Winery, Oak Knoll Winery, RayMar Art and Sun-Eden Artists’ Gear.

The Walters Cultural Arts Center is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line at 527 East Main Street in Hillsboro, Oregon 97123.

For more information, contact:

Cassie Welliver, Cultural Arts Program Supervisor


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Update! Submission deadliine EXTENDED, JUNE 24 (Hood River, OR)

2011 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Landscape Painting Competition & Exhibition
Columbia Art Gallery
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031


Event Dates: 8/25/11 - 10/2/11
Entry Deadline: 6/24/11
Days remaining to deadline: 9

Images: 6

Entry Fee (2011 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Landscape Painting Exhibition): $25.00

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Paint-Out, Competition, & Exhibition
In the Columbia River Gorge
August 25 – October 2, 2011

Applicants are asked to submit 6 digital images of their Plein Air artwork and an artist statement through (CaFÉ ™). Please visit the CaFÉ™ website for complete instructions on how to apply. The entry fee is $25. All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Time) on Friday June 24, 2011. Columbia Center for the Arts will not accept applications directly.

Any resident of the United States and Canada is eligible to apply. However, upon acceptance, artwork delivered to the exhibition must have been painted on location (in Plein Air) in the last two years in the Pacific Northwest: British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, or Western Montana.

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

The Pacific Northwest is a Plein Air Painter’s 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. A 25th Anniversary celebration for the Gorge will be taking place all year and, fortunately for us, the Gorge Commission will be marketing this special place to increase awareness and bring tourism to the area.

This protected area offers a diverse range of climate zones for artists to paint all within a 60 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. 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.

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 panel comprised of regional art collectors, artists, and arts professionals 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. Approximately 35 artists will be selected based on the Plein Air images they submit. However, the submitted images are not necessarily pieces that are committed to the show; it is our hope that the selected artists will create new pieces specifically for the exhibition and participate in the hosted Paint-out Event. All artists who apply will receive 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 highly encouraged to participate in the paint out event during the week prior to the show opening. Participating in the Paint-out is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend it as, historically, the majority of the artwork sold during the exhibition is created during the Paint-out.

All artwork must be original in concept and executed by the artist within the last two years. 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 deliver up to 5 pieces, with the understanding that there may not be room for all entries in the show. Each accepted artist will show at least 3 pieces. Accepted artists will receive follow up instructions including a detailed prospectus and a site map of the Paint-out locations.

April 8 - CaFÉ begins accepting applications
June 24 - Last date to submit application via CaFÉ Web site
July 7 - Notification e-mailed
Aug. 25 - Aug. 29 - Paint out dates
Aug. 29 - Artwork to be delivered to the gallery no later than 5pm
Sept. 2 - Collector’s Preview Party & Public Reception
Sept. 2 – Oct. 2, 2011 Overall exhibit dates
Oct. 2 - Exhibition closes
Oct. 3 - Pick up date

We are pleased to announce that the juror for the 2011 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition is Jim Lamb. Jim is a respected member of the Plein Air Painters of America, a resident of the Pacific Northwest, and an exceptional judge for Plein Air painting.
Once the exhibition is hung, Jim 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 (2012) and need not be screened.

1st Place • 2nd Place • 3rd Place Artists Choice • Best of Columbia River • Best of Historical• 2 Honorable Mention • People’s Choice Prize (details to be announced at a later date).

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

Artwork, including frames, shall not exceed 50 inches in either direction. Minimum image size: 2” x 3”.

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.

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 a piece to or from the show, 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 Monday, August 29 between noon and 5:00 pm. You may also ship artwork in advance to arrive prior to or on Monday, August 29, 2011 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 & 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 Celeste Bergin, Exhibition Curator.