Gallery hosts Plein Air show

September 7, 2005

The Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River hosts the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2005 juried art show for the September show at the Columbia Art Gallery, 101 Fourth St.

More than 30 artists from around the region participated in a five-day “paint-out,” gathering at five different locations around the Gorge to paint the surrounding landscapes. Their work is on display for the month of September in a show juried by reknowned plein-air artist Kenn Backhaus. In addition, a dozen invited writers participated in the event, and their writings are on display at the gallery in conjunction with the artists’ work.

“Plein-air” is French for “in the outside air,” so “plein air painting” means “painting outside.”

Cathleen Rehfeld is curator for the show. Gorge artists participated as well as artists from the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan areas, and artists from as far away as Phoenix, Ariz., and Pacific Grove, Calif. Rehfeld said organizers are already beginning to plan for the next plein-air event.

“We think that events like these can help the Gorge become a destination place for the arts, just as it is already a destination place for sports and the great outdoors,” she said.

Judie Hanel, Executive Director for the Columbia Center for the Arts, said, “This show has the potential to be one of our premier shows for years to come. After all, what more beautiful a place is there to paint in, than in and around the Columbia River Gorge?”

Sponsors include: Pheasant Valley Winery, Dr. Allan and Kae Henderson, Art Media Art Supplies, Gamblin Paint Company, Plein Air Magazine, Skamania Lodge, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River Stationers, Jean’s @ 110, and the Hood River Chamber of Commerce

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