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September 2017: In it’s 13th year the Pacific Northwest Plein Air event has attracted some of the very finest painters locally and from across the country who set out to capture the inspiring vistas of the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding areas. This year, undaunted by triple digit temperatures and challenging smoky skies (from a forest fire), the artists created the best works we’ve ever seen for the competition and exhibition at the prestigious Maryhill Museum. Collectors agreed, because sales from the paintings exceeded $21,000! Thank you everyone: Maryhill Museum, all our sponsors, all the artists, and an express thanks to the collectors who purchased the art. We wouldn’t be here without all the support. See you next year!

2017 Awards:

Thank you, Maryhill Museum, Curator Steve Grafe, Juror Mike Hernandez, Sponsors, Art collectors / Art appreciators, and Artists for a wonderful event and reception.

First Place: Aimee Erickson Second Place: Eric Jacobsen, Third Place: Thomas Kitts, Honorable Mentions: Yer Za Vue, Yong Hong Zhong, Laura Gable and Brenda Boylan, Best Sky: Melanie Thompson, Best Mountain: Cathleen Rehfeld, Best Water: Kristina Sellers, National Scenic Area Award: Matt Sterbenz, Maryhill Museum Award, Aaron Cordell Johnson, Museum Purchase: Aimee Erickson, Museum Purchase: Thomas Kitts

Congratulations, everyone!

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(COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE PHOTO BY ©DAVID BURBACH/ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)