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Maryhill Museum of Art
14th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge

14th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge
July 30 - August 4, 2018

at Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620 USA 509-773-3733

Maryhill Museum of Art is located in a vast and inspiring landscape, located high above the Columbia River. This year Maryhill Museum will be exhibiting work for the entire month of August, the highest tourism month for the museum, August 4- 26, 2018


Opening Reception on Saturday, August 4 from 5-7PM in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center


Come join artists who will share your passion for this spectacular landscape!


Facebook link to the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event

Website to see last year's winners, photos of past events, and updated information.  



Online Call to Artists

BEGINS Monday Feb 12

CLOSES Monday Mar 12 midnight

NOTIFICATION of artists by email from Online Juried Shows:  Monday Mar 19



Paint dates: Monday July 30 through Thursday Aug 2, 4PM deadline
First day meet and greet: Monday July 30, 2018, 8AM at Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak Street, Hood River, OR

• Drop Off Work: Thursday Aug 2, 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)

• Informal Artist Social/Deadline Celebration for Artists: Thursday Aug 2 after 4PM in the Maryhill Museum Cafe

• Event Opening Gala/Reception: Saturday Aug 4, 5-7PM (wine and hors d’oeuvres)

• Show exhibit dates: Saturday Aug 4 - Sunday Aug 26, 10AM-5PM every day

• Pick up work: Sunday August 26 after 12:00 noon M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center.


Other events:

Juror Workshop: Randall Sexton, Friday Aug 3 Maryhill Museum  



1) First Place

2) Second Place

3) Third Place

7) 4 Honorable Mentions

8) Best Sky

9) Best Mountain

10) Best Water

11) National Scenic Area Award

12) Maryhill Museum Award

13) Purchase Awards



We will be accepting up to 40 artists to participate in this show. You will be notified by email of acceptance. Jurying into the show is done online through by a three person selection committee. Notification of artists by email Monday Mar 19.



Entry fee is $45 per artist. Enter 4 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.  


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 (or size).
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 - Randall Sexton
California-based artist, Randall Sexton, is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes. He is described as a “painters’ painter” by Jean Stern (Executive Director of the Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine). Stern says, “As one of the premier contemporary painters of the California landscape, Randall paints still-lifes, figures, and portraits with equal mastery. . . His work evokes deep feelings, whether it’s the solitude of a deserted street at night or the exultation of a beautiful landscape, each speaks softly to the viewer.”


Originally from rural New England, Sexton moved to San Francisco after completing a BFA at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 1980. Since then, he has been a fixture in the Bay Area art scene with a reputation as an inspiring teacher and collectable fine artist. For ten years he held a position with the San Francisco Academy of Art. He teaches private workshops and classes—including at Pixar Studios—and this year he will be teaching at California College of Art in Oakland.


Sexton was inducted as a PAPA Signature Member in 2013. He has won numerous awards at arts festivals and plein air events and his work has been featured in diverse national journals.

Check out Randy Sexton’s website:


The Figure En Plein Air at The Museum

Date: Friday Aug 3, 2018

Location: Maryhill Museum of Art

Workshop Fee includes model fees: $170

Maximum Participants: 17

Registration Contact to sign up: Steve Grafe at 509-773-3733, ext. 27, or Steve can take credit cards.


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 and deadline

You may enter only Plein Air work that has been completed during the 4 day paint-out, Monday July 30 through Thursday Aug 2.


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. 


Work must be delivered ready for hanging (no sawtooth hangers) by Thursday Aug 2, 4PM.


You may enter up to 4 paintings to be hung in the show, all must be for sale. 2 replacement works will be accepted to replace sold work, for a total of 6 paintings submitted to the show.



Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620

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).



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.


To learn more about Maryhill Museum of Art please see our website,, or friend us on Facebook


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