Info 2021


The 2021 Plein Air Painting in the Columbia River Gorge paint-out is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 26. Work will be turned in to the museum on Thursday afternoon at 4pm July 29. The exhibition/sale will be open to the public during regular museum hours beginning of Sunday August 1 and will remain up for 4 weeks (through August 28). Artists will pick up their work during the day on Sunday, August 29.

July 26-August 28 (Overall dates)
Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge
Drawing on a long tradition of painting in the open air, this event attracts some of the finest painters from the Pacific Northwest and from across the country to capture the stunning light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia River Gorge. After three and a 1/2 days of painting, works are displayed at Maryhill with juror-awarded prizes given to the most exceptional works. Paintings remain on view and available for purchase through August 28.

July 26 | 8:00am Meet and Greet (Invited Artists) First day distribution of artists’ packets: Monday July 26, 8:00 a.m., across the street from Stoked Roaster & Coffeehouse, 603 Portway, Unit 103 in Hood River, OR. Look for a red Toyota Prius. Packets will be distributed from its trunk.

July 26 – July 29 | All day
Pacific Northwest Plein Air Paint Out
Artists spend three and a 1/2 days painting at various locations throughout the Gorge.

July 29 | 4:00pm Thursday Completed work will be turned in Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620. Maps will be provided in the artists’ packets.

July 30 | One-day workshop with (Juror) Peggi Kroll-Roberts (FULL with waiting list)
Location: Hood River
Registration Contact to sign up HERE

August 1 through August 28 | 10am-5pm Daily Artwork will be available for purchase, with a percentage of the sales benefiting Maryhill. Awards will be given in a number of categories, including “Best Sky,” “Best Mountain,” “Best Water,” “Maryhill Museum Award,” and a purchase award. Paintings remain on view and available for purchase through August 28.

August 29  | Artists pick up work 10am-3pm
In the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center at the museum

There will not be an opening reception this year  Based on the size of the crowds at previous receptions, the room would be more densely packed that seems wise, with or without masks. That is why a fourth week was added to the run of the exhibition and it will provide a greater window for people to see the work. 

Exhibition entry is free with museum admission.


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Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale WA

Painting by ©Cathleen Rehfeld / Photo (Anton Pavlenko) by ©David Burbach