September 22, 2021 (Moscow, Idaho) —
Artists from across the Pacific Northwest gathered last week to celebrate the opening of the Palouse Plein Air exhibition at Moscow Contemporary, Fri., Sept. 17.
Artists from Troy to Spokane and Othello to Providence, Utah gathered to revel in the beauty of the open air.
The exhibition at Moscow Contemporary features 114 artworks created during the outdoor painting period between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16. Over 50 artists participated in this year’s event from Idaho, Washington and Utah. Artists painted on-site in Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman and Benewah counties.
This year’s guest juror was Jared Shear, an accomplished Montana-based plein air painter. Shear adjudicated the exhibition and awarded prizes to the top artists. This year’s award winners included:
1st Place- Complementary sunset
by Emma Woolstenhulme
2nd Place- Hay Waves
by Michael J. Lewis
3rd Place- Wanderer
by Deon Douglass
Best Palouse- View from Prune Orchard Road
by Kitty Bendixen-park
Best Downtown- Crybaby Café
by Rob McPherson
Best Historical- Forney Hall, University of Idaho
by Matthew Brehm
Best Sky- Sheep Creek
by Virginia Shawver
Student Award- Mountain View Road
by Sam Chadwick Construction past the Arboretum Barn
by Seth Thomas Spencer
Honorable Mention- Palousey
by Carol Maddux For Penny
by Lindsey Davis Johnson
City Purchase Award (determined by City Staff)- Palouse Evening
by Ed Robinson
The Palouse Plein Air exhibition is available to view in person through Oct. 17. For gallery hours, contact Moscow Contemporary. The gallery is also available to view online at https://bit.ly/2021palousepleinaironlinegallery
The 2021 Palouse Plein Air event and exhibition was presented by the City of Moscow, Moscow Contemporary, the Prichard Art Gallery and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture.
Historic Moscow, Idaho and the beautiful Palouse are the perfect destination for plein air artists, and the annual Palouse Plein Air painting event connects artists with the region’s landscape and arts culture. French for “open air,” the phrase “plein air” (pronounced plen-air) describes the act of painting outdoors. The outdoor experience on the Palouse is particularly rich, as its rolling hills, rivers, mountains, fields, farms, and homes tell the long history of the landscape.
Guided by the vision of the Moscow Arts Commission and University of Idaho art professor Aaron Cordell Johnson, Palouse Plein Air began in 2010, and the event continues to grow. A collaboration of community partners makes this growth possible; the City of Moscow, the Prichard Art Gallery, and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event for artists and art lovers alike.
Story Contact: Megan Cherry, Arts Program Manager