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Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event 2015
Columbia Art Gallery
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Oregon
Event Dates: 8/3/15 - 8/31/15
Entry Deadline: 3/31/15
Application Closed
Media Images:5

Entry Fee (Columbia Center for the Arts: Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event 2015): $40.00
Applicants are asked to submit 5 digital images of their Plein Air artwork and an artist statement through (CaFÉ ™). Please visit the CaFÉ™ website for complete instructions on how to apply. The entry fee is $40. All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Time) on March 31, 2015.  Columbia Center for the Arts will not accept applications directly.
Any resident of the United States and Canada is eligible to apply. However, upon acceptance, artwork delivered to the gallery must have been painted in the Pacific Northwest during 2015. 
For this exhibition, at least 90% of the painting must be completed onsite and outdoors to be considered “Plein Air.”
The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area offers a diverse range of scenery for artists to paint all within an 80 mile radius.  From the mouth of the Columbia River, past waterfalls to Hood River which sits between two snow-capped volcanoes, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, to the transitional zone where the Cascade Mountains meet the desert, The Columbia Gorge provides ample and diverse scenery to paint.  You are invited to paint in the Gorge during the paintout event or to submit any work of the Pacific Northwest painted en Plein Air in 2015.
Phase 1:  Artists interested in being featured in the Plein Air Exhibition in August need to apply now and be pre-screened through CaFÉ in order to be included in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition. During this initial review, a screening committee will evaluate the submitted images (these images must be examples of your actual Plein Air artwork) to determine if the artist will be invited to participate in the exhibition in August.
35 artists will be selected based on the Plein Air images they submit.  All artists who apply will receive electronic notification of the results of the screening process. Notification will be sent to the email address supplied when applying through CaFÉ. 
Phase 2: The Artists identified by the screening committee will be featured in the August Exhibition. Accepted artists are expected to participate in the paint-out event during the week prior to the show opening.  
All artwork must be original in concept. Compositions taken from published material or involving copyright infringement issues will not be considered. No student work under supervision is eligible.  No work previously featured in the Columbia Gorge Region will be accepted. 
Artists may submit one additional piece through participation in the Quick Draw.
Accepted artists will receive follow up instructions including a detailed prospectus.
February 23rd - CaFÉ begins accepting applications
March 31st - Last date to submit application via CaFÉ Website
April 15th - Notification e-mailed
August 3rd – 5th - Paint out dates 
August 3rd - Gamblin Paint Demo with Scott Gellatly
August 5th - Artwork to be delivered to the gallery no later than 3 p.m
August 6th – Quick Draw Event in Downtown Hood River, 4 – 6 p.m.
August 7th -  Public Reception, 4 – 6 p.m.
August 7th – August 31, 2015 Overall exhibit dates
August 8th – Bryan Mark Taylor Workshop. Details to be announced soon.
August 31 - Pick up artwork date
We are pleased to announce that the juror for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition is Bryan Mark Taylor. Once the exhibition is hung, Bryan will select the top paintings which will receive ribbons, cash awards and/or gifts.
Recipients of the juror’s awards are automatically invited to participate in the exhibition next year (2016) and need not be screened but still need to submit a contract and entry fee to the Columbia Art Gallery.
1st Place ($1000),
2nd Place ($750 Gamblin merchandise award),
3rd Place ($300 Strada award),
4 Honorable Mentions, Best Sky, Best Mountain, Best Water,
Quick Draw Prize ($500)       
Fine art media will be accepted in the following categories: Oil • Acrylic • Watercolor • Pastel 

All work should not exceed 30 inches (76.2 cm) in any dimension before framing.
Artists may submit up to 4 pieces of work. (NOTE: If you are participating in the Quick Draw the total number of paintings submitted will be 5 pieces of work.) 
If an individual artist is submitting 4 “large works”, all of the works may not be hung in the Gallery do to space limitations. All work is hung at the discretion of Columbia Center for the Arts.
Artwork must be professionally framed, * wired and ready for hanging. Required details include:  Wire in good condition, flat D-rings used on frames, cleaned up canvas edges without visible staples.  No work will be accepted with screw-in eye hooks  or metal tooth hangers.  Work that is damaged or found unsuitable for hanging may be rejected.
All work must be FOR SALE and priced with intent to sell.  The Columbia Center for the Arts will retain a 40% commission for all sales taking place during the paintout and exhibition, and all sales resulting from display at Columbia Center for the Arts.  The Artists commision is 60% from all sales.  The sponsors reserve the right to reproduce artist's work for the purpose of promoting the exhibition.
The artist is responsible for delivery of artwork by the deadline of 3pm Wednesday August 5, 2015.
All artists will fill out an Artwork Submission form for artwork entries that includes: Artist Name, Title of Work, Size and Price. This list is your receipt for entries, and must be presented when picking up any and all work.   Accepted entries, regardless of whether they are sold, may not be removed until close of show. All unsold works must be removed promptly at the end of the show to make room for the next show. Art not picked up within 60 days after the close of the show will become property of the Columbia Art Gallery.    
The artist must insure work while in transit and pay any shipping fees. COD shipments will not be accepted. 
Artists will provide return shipping costs, identify preferred shipper, and make arrangements for shipping.
Hand deliver or ship artwork to:   Columbia Center for the Arts,  215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031
Columbia Center for the Arts is an independent 501(c)(3) organization in downtown Hood River, Oregon. Within the Art Center is the Columbia Art Gallery, a 141-seat black-box Theater, and an Education & Studio facility; these three components serve virtually every segment of the Gorge community.  For more details about any of our programs, please visit our website:
We have tried to ensure that the application information and instructions are clear and complete. Please consult the CaFE’ Web site for information about how to prepare digital images or complete an application. For technical support, contact CaFÉ at Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 5 pm Mountain Time.
For questions about eligibility and other requirements, contact Columbia Art Gallery at or 541-387-8877 x 115.  All questions should be made attention to Sally Reichmuth, gallery manager.
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