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Maryhill Museum of Art
2019 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

15th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge


July 29–August 1, 2019


at Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620 USA




Maryhill Museum of Art is located in an expansive and inspiring landscape, high above the Columbia River in south-central Washington State. This year, Maryhill Museum will be exhibiting plein air works for most of August—its highest tourism month: August 3- 24, 2019.


Opening Reception on Saturday, August 3, from 5:00–7:00 p.m., in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center.


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


Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge on Facebook:


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





Online Call to Artists

BEGINS: Monday, January 28, 2019

CLOSES: Monday, March 11, 2019, at midnight

NOTIFICATION of artists (by email from Online Juried Shows): Monday, March 18.



•              Paint dates: Monday, July 29, through Thursday, August 1, 4:00 p.m. deadline.

•              First day meet and greet: Monday July 29, 8:00 a.m., at Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak Street, Hood River, OR.

•              Drop Off Work: Thursday Aug 1, 4:00 p.m. Work should be dropped off downstairs in the Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing at Maryhill Museum of Art. Access is 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, August 1, after 4:00 p.m. in Maryhill Museum’s café.

•              Event Opening Gala/Reception: Saturday, August 3, 5:00–7:00 p.m. (wine and hors d’oeuvres).

•              Show exhibit dates: Sunday, August 4–Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily.

•              Pick up work: Sunday, August 25, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center.


Other events:

Juror Workshop: Patrick Saunders;

Friday, August 3, at Maryhill Museum of Art (details forthcoming).



1) First Place

2) Second Place

3) Third Place

7) Four (4) Honorable Mentions

8) Best Sky

9) Best Mountain

10) Best Water

11) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Award

12) Historic Columbia River Highway Award

13) Friends of the Columbia Gorge Award

14) Maryhill Museum Award

15) Purchase Awards



Up to forty artists will be selected to participate in this event. Jurying into the show is done online through by a three-person selection committee. You will be notified of acceptance via email. Notification of artists by email is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019.



The entry fee is $45.00 per artist. Please submit four (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).



To participate, enter your best Plein Air work for selection consideration.

•              The entry form must be filled out in its entirety, including unframed dimensions/size.

•              Submitted images must not show matting or frame. Please crop your photos to include only the artwork.

•              Please insure that all 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 and sRGB color space.

•              For assistance in photographing your work and properly sizing your images, visit

•              If you need help entering your images or are unable to forward them, please email or call 949-287-8645.


AWARDS JUROR—Patrick Saunders

(From the artist’s website) Patrick Saunders is a painter creating fine art while traveling North America in an Airstream with his photographer wife, Kimberly.


After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA, Patrick spent a decade as an artist at Hallmark Cards before returning to the KCAI to accept a full-time faculty position teaching illustration, painting, animation, and web design. Teaching led to a job offer in advertising, where, as a Group Creative Director, Patrick led teams of marketing professionals in New York, San Francisco, and globally, producing advertising for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, Whole Foods, Hill’s Pet Food, FedEx, Revlon, Southwest Airlines, Tom’s of Maine, Nextel, Skyy, Kashi, and Kellogg’s.


Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. He was featured by Southwest Art Magazine as one of their “21 Artists to Watch Under 31” profiles. His KCAI students voted to honor Patrick with an Educator of the Year award.


In 2013, Patrick began plein air painting, and has won awards from numerous nationally recognized events and organizations, including the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Easton, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Plein Air Texas, Plein Air Richmond, Maui Plein Air, Telluride Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air and Sedona Plein Air.


Patrick is a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and the Outdoor Painters Society.


Check out Patrick’s website:



Date: Friday, August 2, 2019

Location: Maryhill Museum of Art

Time: TBD

Workshop Fee: TBD

Maximum Participants: TBD

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


Deadline for Submitting Competition Entries

You may enter only Plein Air work that has been completed during the four-day paint-out, Monday, July 29, through Thursday, August 1.


Maximum size of work: 72” total unframed perimeter dimension. For example, a 16” x 20” work = 72” total perimeter dimension (32” + 40”). Any combination that totals 72" or less is acceptable. Larger works will not be accepted.


Work must be delivered ready for hanging by Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. (please, no saw-tooth hangers).


Artists may enter up to four (4) paintings to be hung in the show and all must be available for sale. Two (2) alternate works will be accepted to replace sold work, for a total of six (6) paintings submitted.


DROP OFF LOCATION AND HOURS: Thursday, August 1, 4:00 p.m.

Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620


Work should be dropped off downstairs in the Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing at Maryhill Museum of Art. Access is at the end of the museum’s service road (just west of the public entrance road). A map will be provided.



Sales at the event will be handled by Maryhill Museum of Art. The commission is 60% Artist–40% Maryhill Museum of Art. Commissions help underwrite the museum’s annual exhibitions and programs.



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 nearby Goldendale, WA, The Dalles, OR, Hood River, OR, to name a few…

See 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 current 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/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 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge! Maryhill Museum of Art is excited to host the event again this year. Situated at the eastern end of the 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 follow us on Facebook:


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