Plein Air Painting at The Rock

smithrockWithin hours of the last brush stroke, the event organizers of the highly successful first annual Smith Rock Paint Out were hard at work planning for this year’s event. Created last year by the High Desert Art League and Smith Rock State Park, the event is designed to bring together community, artists, nature lovers, hikers and the like in the spectacular setting of Smith Rock State Park.  

The Paint Out is a plein air painting competition open to all artists working in 2-D. The only condition is that the work has to be safely and completely created in the park within the hours of the Smith Rock Paint Out.

“It’s really an amazing experience to watch the artists at work,” says Linda Hill of The Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places (RCAPP). “Since the work has to be framed and ready to hang at the end of the competition, you can watch the creation of a piece from beginning to end.”  

The June 21 event begins at 8am when artist registration and all the creativity begin. Throughout the day the public is invited to watch the artists work, explore the park and take in a Park Ranger presentation at 1pm. By the time the Ranger Presentation begins the artists will have turned in their finished work for the jury process. Through this jury process, a collection of work will be selected for cash prizes and exhibition at Redmond, Oregon’s beautiful Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport terminal. The show will run June 24 to August 17 with all works for sale.

“We could not have had such a successful event last year without the help and support of our partners,” said Jacqueline Newbold, one of the event organizers. “Having the Redmond Airport and RCAPP partnering with us again for the exhibition is fantastic. We are also thankful for the support of Cascade A&E, Sage Custom Framing and Pacific Art & Framing. And coffee,” she added, “Green Plow Coffee of Redmond has stepped up to provide some hot and cold beverages. Yea!”

June 21 from 8am-3pm
Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne

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