‘Plein Air’ event marks 10th year, September 2-7

This September, Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) celebrates 10 years of Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge. “En plein air” is a French expression which means “in the open air.” Each year, CCA invites artists and writers from around the country to come to the Gorge to participate in this annual competition and exhibition.

At the heart of the event is a five-day Paint-Out and Write-Out where works of art and writing are created at various beautiful outdoor locations in and around the Columbia River Gorge – the nation’s first designated National Scenic Area.

The exhibit kicks off with a preview party and opening reception on Sept. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. Pat Haley and Friends will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Works of art are then available for viewing and sale during the reception and month long art show.

On Sept. 7, a variety of plein air writers will debut their freshly-written works at the Columbia Center for the Arts’ Plein Air Literary Reading on Sept. 7, at 2 p.m.

“It’s no surprise that each year more artists enter the competition and more writers participate,” said Columbia Center for the Arts Gallery Manager Caroline Mead. “The Columbia River Gorge is a perfect venue for Plein Air.”

This year, acclaimed Plein Air painter Kathryn Stats will serve as juror. The top prizes will be announced First Friday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Green Home Construction, and Northern Oregon Endodontics.

For details call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877.

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