Plein Air Event


Presented by Sequoia Gallery + Studios, Hillsboro Join us to explore and paint the beauty of Washington County, Oregon.
Registration begins soon.

Welcome to the 2018 Plein Air @ Washington County Event!

Sequoia Gallery + Studios is proud to again host this annual community arts event as a kick-off for October, Hillsboro Arts Month! This community arts event has been a tradition for nearly a decade, thanks to the support of the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, local businesses, dedicated volunteers, and amazing visual artists. The event continues to give artists opportunities to experience and capture the beauty of Washington County, Oregon.

With the success each year brings, the event continues to grow, reaching new talent and spectators.

This year the awards are as follows:
$750 First Place, $500 Second Place, $250 for Best Nocturnal, $250 for Quick Draw, and two $500 purchase awards. Honorable mention will receive a gift basket of art supplies.

Event Schedule

Event dates: September 26 – 29

Wednesday, September 26

  • 8am -9:30am, Artist Registration, Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 SE Third Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • First Day of Painting on your own schedule
  • 10am – 12pm, Quick Draw, Glenn and Viola Walters Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro
  • 12pm – 1pm, Quick Draw Artwork Check-in, Sequoia Classroom


Thursday, September 27:

  • All day painting on your own agenda


Friday, September 28:

  • All day painting on your own agenda
  • 5pm – 8pm, Hillsboro Airport, Oregon International Air Show, four complimentary tickets available on a first come/first served basis, contact: Jen Champlin, for tickets
  • 5pm – Dusk, Nocturnal Painting Session in Historic Downtown Hillsboro, Primrose and Tumbleweeds welcomes all artists for respite when needed


Saturday, September 29:

  • 10am – 12pm, All Artwork Check-in, Sequoia Gallery + Studios
  • 1pm, Judging by Stephen Hayes
  • 4pm – 6:30pm, Artist Reception and Wet Paint Sale, Sequoia Gallery + Studios
  • 5pm Awards Presentation by Mayor Steve Callaway and Judge Stephen Hayes
  • 6pm, Artists’ and People’s Choice Awards announced
  • 6:30pm Reception Closes


Tuesday, October 2:

  • 5pm – 8pm, First Tuesday Plein Air Show reception, continues through November 2

Download the detailed Plein Air Event Schedule
Do you want to register by mail? Download the Plein Air Mail-In Registration Form.
Email questions to Jen at, 
or call 503-307-8017