Plein Air Update

Plein Air Update

Mark your calendars… Plein Air @ Washington County 2017 is HAPPENING in just a few months!


What is “Plein Air”?

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” Reference:

When is the painting event?

September 27-30, 2017

When can I register?

TODAY! If you register before June 30, 2017, the registration fee is only $45.

How do I register?

  • Click here to visit our Sequoia website to find all the information and application OR
  • Visit the gallery Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and complete an application in-person.
  • We accept CC, Check or Cash.


Why do I register?

WHY NOT?!! This is the premier community art event to kick off the Hillsboro October Arts Month. Washington County is spectacular in the Fall season. This is THE opportunity to see the landscape and put paint to canvas as a record of your visits across our beautiful county. Did you know about Hillsboro’s newest park over behind Orenco Elementary School? It is wonderfully open and has much opportunity to “have its portrait painted”.

The Plein Air artwork will be on exhibit for the month of October in Sequoia Gallery’s featured artist space. This is also an opportunity for sales and exposure for our participants.

Oh… and we should mention… there is an opportunity to win amazing prizes!! First prize is $750 cash… and the list goes on.

Do I need to be a professional artist?

This event is open to artists of all levels, however all submitted artwork IS judged by a professional juror in order to determine awards. We do have an ‘Emerging Artist’ category for those that are just beginning to discover their passion for Plein Air painting.

This year, we will be organizing a Pre-event Paint-Out session with a professional Plein Air artist for some instruction on tools & technique.

ALL registrants are accepted… there is room for everyone!

What am I waiting for?!!

Good question! There is still plenty of time, but time does fly so while the registration fee is at its lowest.

For details and to register visit our website!

Plein Air 2017