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Paint Out on the Metolius Art Exhibit

paint outArtists will have the opportunity to paint one of Oregon’s most stunning river and mountain landscapes, while bringing attention to conservation and stewardship work on the Metolius River in the Deschutes National Forest on July 28.  

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and Deschutes National Forest will host the Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint Out with a goal to enhance the public’s familiarity with and appreciation of the natural and recreational resources of the area.

Artists will be drawn to the Metolius River, near the iconic Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery north of Sisters, to paint one of Oregon’s most stunning river and mountain landscapes.

Plein Air painting is an opportunity for artists of all levels of ability to enjoy capturing the scenes of the outdoors. The Paint Out is a timed competition, giving the artists four hours to complete original works of art alongside the Metolius River. Made on site in the ‘open air,’ the paintings will portray the magnificence of nature and also raise awareness of the need to take care of the treasures in our National Forest lands.

Under the Treasured Landscapes conservation campaign, the NFF has designated the Metolius River and Whychus Creek region as one of a handful of project sites. Plans over the coming years include significant watershed restoration and recreational improvement projects to revitalize the area’s natural systems and ensure quality outdoor experiences for visitors.

Paint Out paintings will be judged by a panel of artists and winning artwork will be made into posters to help promote a September 29 Friends of the Forest Day volunteer stewardship event. Planned in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, this volunteer project will give people an opportunity to lend a hand improving popular destinations in the Deschutes National Forest.

The 4th Annual Plein Air Paint Out and September Friends of the Forest Day are made possible by generous grants from the Roundhouse Foundation.  

Stop by the Camp Sherman Store from 1 to 3pm on July 28 for an art reception following the Plein Air Paint Out. Artists will paint scenes of the Metolius River and frame their original work in a timed four hour competition. Paintings will be on display for judging and will be for sale at the reception. Come to the Camp Sherman Store (25451 SW Forest Service Road #1419) to vote for your favorite. The painting with the most votes will be given the People’s Choice award!

Contact Karly Hedrick for more information at, or 541-549-0251.

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