Where the Columbia River snakes through the Columbia Gorge, near the Oregon-Washington border, the scenery is a plein air painting dream come true. Thirty-eight artists recently gathered there for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2015 Competition and Exhibition, and some went away with awards.
Bryan Mark Taylor served as juror for the event, which was headquartered in Hood River and wrapped up on August 5.

Cathleen Rehfeld, First Place, with juror Bryan Mark Taylor. Photo by David Burbach

Bets Cole. Photo by David Burbach

Don Bishop. Photo by David Burbach

The hung work at the preview reception. Photo by David Burbach

A Colombia Gorge view. Photo by David Burbach

Randall Tillery painting at Mt. Hood Winery. Photo by David Burbach

Sergio Lopez. Photo by David Burbach

Cathleen Rehfeld won First Place, with Za Vue taking Second and Anton Pavlenko earning Third. Carol Gray-Wiehman won Best Sky, Scott Gellatly won Best Water, and Melanie Thompson won Best Mountain. A Quick Draw was held in downtown Hood River; Mike Rangner won First Place, with Bonnie Griffith, Thomas Kitts, Yong Hong Zhong, Sergio Lopez, Bill Stanton, and Randall Tillery earning Honorable Mention.


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