Artists of all levels can find inspiration, learn from each other, and participate in the magic of painting in the great outdoors.
At the sixth Annual Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint Out, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, artists are welcome to explore the city, find an inspiring place to paint, then share their creations.
“Plein Air” is French for open air, and the paint out is simply a reason for artists to gather, create a painting in the outdoors, in a single day, in a beautiful setting.
“Plein air has become the big thing in art. Of course it goes back hundreds of years to Cezanne and others, but plein air is suddenly what all the artists want to do,” says event founder Jeff Waters “They love to be outside painting. That’s part of it. The other part is the incredible beauty of this Valley... this is just a rich tapestry of places to paint.”
Artists paint throughout Snoqualmie’s city parks and key locations, and there are also several venues for instructor demonstrations.
Rules and requirements for participation are minimal. For those artists who don’t want to enter the poster contest, there’s only one rule: “You have to be on-site, working,” Waters said. Painters can also sell their works, of course. “We encourage that, and we don’t take any commission,” Waters added.
For those who hope to win the honor of making next year’s event poster last year’s poster, you start with a blank canvas, and have it stamped by organizers. There is no entry fee.
The deadline for the poster contest is 3 p.m., when an artists’ reception begins at The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Avenue. Members of the Snoqualmie Arts Commission will select the winning entry. Food will be served.
The grand prize: Seeing your work on the poster for next year. New this year, are second and third place prizes - $100 and $50 gift certificates to Daniel Smith Art Supplies. Last year’s winning painting, by Stan Chraminsky, appears on the poster available at Carmichael’s Hardware.