Amanda Houston; (top) "The Road Home", Artist's Choice; (bottom) Best Landscape

Sequoia Gallery + Studios in Hillsboro, Oregon, was the proud host once again for the annual Plein Air @ Washington County event. Find out here who reigned supreme in the Pacific Northwest.

Hosted between September 27-30 in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Plein Air @ Washington County event is the perfect example of a successful outdoor painting competition that gives regional artists a chance to strut their creative stuff. 2017 was as successful as ever, drawing a number of Pacific Northwest painters, including the accomplished Brenda Boylan, Kristina Sellers, and Anna Lancaster, among others.

Elo Wobig; “Cornell Farm Cafe”, 2nd place overall, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Jenny Lauer; People’s Choice, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Brenda Boylan; “Old Reliable”, Honorable Mention, photo: Lawrence Whitlock

Taking First Place overall was artist Paula Hansen for her work titled “Serenity.” Elo Wobig’s “Cornell Farm Café” was the Second Place winner, while Sandra Pearce’s “Dawn to Dusk” was the Third Place winner. During the Quick Draw competition, Michael Lindstrom earned First Place, with Brenda Boylan grabbing Second Place.

Michael Lindstrom; Quick Draw 1st place, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Sandra Pearce; “Dawn to Dusk”, 3rd place overall, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Kristina Sellers; “Blooming Barn”, best urban and architecture, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
photo of (right) Michael Lindstrom/ artist, (center) Robert Gamblin/ event judge, (left) Mayor of Hillsboro Steve Calloway, photo: Lawrence Whitlock

Kristina Sellers’ painting “Blooming Barn” was deemed the Best Urban & Architecture work; Best Landscape went to Amanda Houston’s “Dion Vineyard Morning,” and Don Bishop’s “Nocturne” won, well, Best Nocturne!

Paula Hansen; “Serenity”, 1st place overall, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Don Bishop; best nocturne, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Natalie Equall; “September Gold”, honorable mention, photo: Lawrence Whitlock
Anna Lancaster; “Sunbreak after the Downpour”, honorable mention, photo: Lawrence Whitlock

Amanda Houston’s “The Road Home” was the People’s Choice winner, while the Artists’ Choice went to Jennifer Lauer. Honorable Mentions included Anna Lancaster’s “Sunbreak After the Downpour,” Christina Castor’s “Mountain Majesty,” Brenda Boylan’s “Old Reliable,” and Natalie Equall’s “September Gold.”

To learn more, visit Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

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  1. Love your newsletter! Love so many of the articles, especially ones by JOHN HUGHES in July. I am trying to find and print as many as I can, including going to a Utah newsletter for some from 2010!! Question: Is there an index to his writings that I am not finding? I appreciate all your information.. love Plein air painting and looking forward to my 3rd convention this April in Santa Fe!
    Dot Holladay
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