Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) & Black Butte Ranch Homeowners to Compete at the Art at The Ranch Fundraiser, July 9 at Black Butte Ranch

(PAPO at Black Butte Ranch | Photos courtesy of Plein Air Painters of Oregon)

After a two-year hiatus due to smoke and COVID, the annual Art at The Ranch fundraiser for the Sisters School District art programs returns at the Black Butte Lodge. As part of the event, the Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) and Black Butte Ranch artists will compete in a timed, en plein air painting competition on the Black Butte Ranch properties during the day. 

Plein air painting comes from the word “open air” in French, meaning the entire painting is conceived and executed on location. Artists will paint on the properties 8am-2pm that day. After finishing, the artists will frame, then display their work on the deck at the lodge, entering a People’s Choice Awards contest. All are encouraged to vote for their favorite painting. First, second and third place winners will be announced at 5pm prior to the silent auction. All works displayed will be for sale. Proceeds from registrations will go to the Sisters School District art programs.

The fundraising event starts at 4pm on Friday, July 9, at the Lodge deck followed a silent auction at 5:30pm. Happy hour beverages and appetizers will be available.

Silent auction pieces will include other oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, jewelry, woodworking and fabric art, as well as smaller items such as notecards and the very popular potholders made by the Black Butte Ranch Quilters. All proceeds from the silent auction will go the fundraiser. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

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