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Maryhill Museum of Art
12th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge Event 2016

Prospectus for Pacific Northwest Plein Air
in the Columbia River Gorge Event 2016

Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Goldendale, WA  98620  USA
August 22 - 28, 2016


NEW! This year hosted at the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale WA.

Artist Calendar:
Online Call to Artists begins:  Monday, March 28, ends on Monday, April 25 midnight.
Notification of artists by email:  Friday, April 29.
Paint dates: Monday, August 22 through Thursday, August 25, 4PM deadline.
Drop Off Work: Thursday, August 25, 4PM deadline. Work should be dropped off at Receiving, located at the end of the museum’s Service Road just west of the public entrance road (a map will be provided).
Event Opening Gala/Reception: Friday, August 26, 5-7PM (wine and hors d’oeuvres).
Show exhibit dates: Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, 10AM-5PM

Other events:
First day meet and greet: Monday, August 22, 2016 8AM at Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak Street, Hood River, OR.
Informal Artist Social/Deadline Celebration for Artists: Thursday, August 25 after 4PM meet at Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St, The Dalles, OR 97058 Phone: 541-705-3590.
Juror Workshop: Terry Miura, Saturday, August 27, 2016 9AM-4PM at Maryhill Museum.
Pick up work: Sunday, August 28 5PM Receiving, located at the end of the museum’s Service Road just west of the public entrance road.

"En plein air" takes on new meaning and excitement this year in our partnership with Maryhill Museum of Art. The museum is located in a vast and inspiring landscape, located high above the Columbia River. In its 12th consecutive year, some of the finest painters from the Pacific Northwest and from across the country will gather to capture the stunning light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area with its expansive views of Mt Hood, the Columbia River, and the surrounding vineyards. 2016 also marks the celebration of the 30th year of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Act, and the 100th year anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway, lending special significance to this year's Plein Air Event.

Internationally recognized artist Terry Miura will award prizes for the most exceptional works.

The wild and untamed scenery of the Columbia Gorge offers breathtaking opportunities for paintings just waiting to be captured. Come join artists who will share your passion for this spectacular landscape!

Be sure to visit the Facebook link to the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event On Facebook, and our blog you will see last year's winners, photos of past events, and updated information.

The exhibit will be hosted at Maryhill Museum of Art from August 26-28; Opening Reception on Friday, August 26th from 5-7PM in the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson wing of the museum.

1)   First Place - tba
2)   Second Place - tba
3)   Third Place - tba
7)   4 Honorable Mentions
8)   Best Sky
9)   Best Mountain
10) Best Water
11) Historic Columbia River Highway Award
12) National Scenic Area Award
13) Maryhill Museum Award
14) Purchase Awards

You may enter only Plein Air work that has been completed during the 4-day paint-out, Monday, August 22 through Thursday, August 25. Work must be delivered ready for hanging by Thursday, August 25, 4PM.

Accepted Artists:

We will be accepting up to 40 artists to participate in this show. You will be notified by email of acceptance.

Entry fee is $45 per artist. Enter up to 5 images of your best plein air work. The entry fee contributes to awards for the artists and show expenses including marketing, venue and jurying fees.

Entering Your Digital Images:
Enter your best Plein Air work for consideration to be selected to be a participant.

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety, including unframed dimensions.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 949-287-8645.

Awards Juror:
Northern California painter Terry Miura began his career as a freelance illustrator in New York City, creating imagery for such clients as Time, Newsweek, Random House, and the New York Times, to name a few. In between illustration deadlines he worked on personal projects and completed a ten-year transition to becoming a full time painter.

Today Miura maintains a studio in Sacramento, CA, where he works on landscapes, cityscapes and figurative works. He also teaches representational drawing and painting in his studio and conducts plein air and studio workshops around the country.

In California, Miura is represented by The Christopher Hill Gallery in St. Helena and Healdsburg, Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, Sekula’s Fine Art in Sacramento, Holton Studio in Berkeley and California Museum of Fine Art in Los Angeles. On the East Coast he is represented by Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston.

His paintings are found in private and public collections, including pieces in the permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum, California Museum of Fine Art, and the Smithsonian Institute.

A One-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop with Terry Miura
Painting en plein air is a rewarding but difficult undertaking, due to factors which can’t be controlled, like the constantly changing light and shadows. Going in without an effective strategy only leads to frustration and discouraging results. In this workshop, Terry will share his strategies in simplifying the process to manageable, logical tasks, so that the artist has a much better chance of coming away with a successful painting.  Simplify the problem, and you simplify the solution!

Sign up on Terry’s website page:!one-day-plein-air-workshop/qbljt

Show Selection Committee:
Jurying into the show is done online through by a three person selection committee.

Jurying into the show begins on Monday, March 28, ends on Monday, April 25, notification of artists by email Friday, April 29.

Sales at the event will be handled by Maryhill Museum. Commission is 60% Artist/40% Maryhill Museum of Art. Commissions help to underwrite Maryhill’s annual exhibitions and programs.

Submitting Your Competition Entries
Plein Air Painting Entries for the Competition - deadline Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 4PM.
You may enter up to 4 paintings in the show, all must be for sale. You may enter only Plein Air work that has been completed during the 4-day paint-out, Monday, August 22 through Thursday, August 25.

Drop off location and hours, Thursday, August 25, 4PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620 ph. 509 773-3733.  Work should be dropped off at Receiving, located at the end of the museum’s Service Road just west of the public entrance road.  (A map will be provided.)

Size of work - 72” total perimeter dimension unframed, for example this means a 16” x 20” = 72” or any combination that equals 72" perimeter maximum painting size is the maximum size of work that will be accepted into the exhibit.

Artists make their own housing arrangements if they wish to stay or camp in the Columbia Gorge.

There are many options for hotels, hostels and camping in the surrounding cities of Goldendale, WA, The Dalles, OR, Hood River, OR just to name a few.  See the blog for more information.

State park fees: if you are painting or camping at a state park there may be a parking or use fee. Check these websites for info:

We have an event photographer; images of work or painters may be used in this or future advertising.

Maryhill Museum of Art, its sponsors, staff and volunteers, will not be responsible for any theft, loss, incident, accident or legal situations to the artist, artwork and/or personal property before, during or after the competition. Artists are responsible for providing any or all insurance or to cover themselves, their artwork and/or their property. Maryhill Museum of Art will not be responsible for any artwork left, not picked-up or arranged for pick-up or delivery by the artist. Artists are responsible to ask and receive permission to paint private property where needed and should not otherwise trespass on private property. Artists entering this event are painting at their own risk. Maryhill Museum of Art, the artists, staff, volunteers and sponsors of this event are not responsible for any accidents, personal injury, loss or damage which occurs during this event.

Thank you for entering the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition Event!  Maryhill Museum of Art is delighted to host the event this year.  Situated as it is at the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge, we can assure you that the views at the museum are breathtaking.

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