Sunday, June 23, 2013

Plein Air Paint-Out at the Park

Perfect Painting Weather at Smith Rock Park

 This is the view that greeted plein air artists from all over Oregon Saturday June 22. The Smith Rock Park 1st Annual Paint Out was the event that drew over 60 artists to the park near Terrebonne. For several hours the area was dotted with artists and their easels spaced out along the canyon rim. 

Park Ranger
The event consisted of an art competition to choose 25 paintings to be displayed in a 3 month long exhibit at Robert’s Field Airport. All the artists started their paintings at 9am and by 1:30  had finished and framed their paintings for the jurying. The HDAL judges picked 25 paintings in various mediums and sizes and then chose 3 paintings  for awards, plus 1 more chosen by the Park Ranger for Best of Show - all 25 paintings to be exhibited in the Airport during the summer months.

The winners who received Award Ribbons are:  Denise Rich - Best of Show, Sally O'neill - 1st place, Scott Gellatly - 2nd  place, and Kime Smith - 3rd place. 

Helen and Jacqueline demonstrate their Arts
During the morning 4 members of HDAL demonstrated their painting techniques, while nearby the Art Station was set up for children to enjoy some art projects. David Kinker did an acrylic painting while visitors watched and asked questions, and Vivian Olsen painted her scene in oils in the shade of the tent cover. Jacqueline Newbold and Helen Brown set up their outdoor studio on the park table and explained to onlookers how to paint watercolors, and create a travel journal.
Vivian with her acrylic demo painting

This event was so successful and well attended that there will probably be many more to come. Watch for us next June.

David Kinker shows how its done
Janice Rhodes, Helen Brown, & Jacqueline Newbold -
"May we stamp your canvas?"

 The Paint Out was presented by Bend’s High Desert Art League, Smith Rock Park, with partners Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport, Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places , Cascade A&E, and the Art Station.


  1. great photo! What a wonderful day we had.

  2. I can't wait to see the show at the Redmond airport!