The City of Moscow Arts Department and the Moscow Arts Commission announced the opening of online registration for the 14th annual Palouse Plein Air painting event, with a deadline set for 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 7.
Palouse Plein Air is an annual painting event that takes place every September, with experiences including painting workshops and a juried exhibition.
This year’s juror is William E. Elston of Snohomish, Washington. Elston’s travels as an artist have taken him to Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Spokane. He studied painting at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane and at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland prior to earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Wright in 1975. Elston’s work has been widely collected in the United States and in Europe, and is included in many public, private, and corporate collections. These include Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, McGraw Hill, American Express, Ashforth Pacific, Miller Nash LLP, Swedish Hospital in Seattle, University Hospital, Evergreen Hospital, Bill and Melinda Gates, the City of Seattle, and the City of Portland.
Elston will adjudicate the Palouse Plein Air 2023 exhibition at the Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall. The exhibition is set to open on Thurs., Sept. 21, with an artist reception and awards ceremony set for 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Participating artists paint outdoors at any location of their choosing within Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman, and Benewah counties. Participants may paint any combination of days within the painting period from September 11-19. No use of electronic, pictorial, or other aids is allowed. All work must be done on location by the individual artist.
Artists age 18 years or older are eligible to participate. In addition, all painting media are eligible for competition, including gouache, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and pastel.
More information about Palouse Plein Air is available here: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/216/Palouse-Plein-Air
Artist registration is available here: https://moscowarts.submittable.com/submit