2021 Info


Thinking ahead, 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, July 29, and the opening reception will be on Saturday night, July 31. The exhibition/sale is planned for the museum’s education center from August 1–21, 2021, with art pickup occurring during the day of Sunday, August 22.


Tentative Dates:

July 26-August 22 (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 four 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 22.

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

July 30|One-day workshop with (Juror) Peggi Kroll-Roberts
Location: Maryhill Museum of Art
Fee: (information to come)
Maximum Participants: 12
Registration Contact to sign up: Steve Grafe at 509-773-3733, ext. 27, or steve@maryhillmuseum.org. Credit cards accepted.

August 1 | 5 to 7 p.m.
Event Opening and Gala Reception: Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge
The public is invited to view the “fresh” paintings artists created in plein air, meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. 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 22.

August 2 – August 22, 2018 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plein Air Exhibition at Maryhill

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