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Artists to put their inspiration onto canvas for Plein Air event


Maryhill Museum of Art will host the 2016 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event, Aug. 22-28. The event will celebrate the Columbia River Gorge landscape, from the river and plateaus to the the surrounding peaks, through the eyes of 40 artists.

“During the first four days of the event, painters will converge on the region to capture the stunning light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia Gorge,” say event organizers.

Jury-awarded prizes will go to the most exceptional works, including “Best Sky,” “Best Water” and “Best Mountain.” There will also be a “Historic Columbia River Highway” award and a “Maryhill Museum Award. The paintings will be on view and available at the museum. There will be an opening reception on Aug. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the paintings will be available for purchase.

The public will be able to meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres during the event.

Coming soon to the museum is the annual benefit auction. This is the 90th anniversary of the museum’s dedication by Queen Marie of Romania.

The public will be able to “meet” the Queen and Sam Hill. Bid on some of the region’s most celebrated wines and enjoy food and drink.

Tickets are on sale now for $100. A portion ($50) is tax deductible. A number of items will be up for auction, including exclusive dinners, and wines. All proceeds support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Tickets can be purchased on-line or by calling (509) 773-3733, extension 20.


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