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Palouse Plein Air 2019

August 15, 2019 (Moscow, Idaho) — The Palouse Plein Air 2019 painting competition begins Saturday, September 14 and runs through Friday, September 20. Registration forms are available to download from the City of Moscow’s website at and printed copies can be picked up from the City of Moscow Arts Department inside City Hall. 

The annual event, now in its 10th year, includes a workshop at a location to be announced, a juried exhibition at Moscow’s Prichard Art Gallery, and a reception and awards ceremony with refreshments provided by Bloom. 

This year’s guest juror will be Scott Gellatly of Gamblin Paints. Gellatly will adjudicate the exhibition, awarding cash prizes in the amount of:

  • 1st Place ($400) sponsored by the City of Moscow
  • 2nd Place ($200) sponsored by the City of Moscow
  • 3rd Place ($100) sponsored by the City of Moscow
  • Changes to the Rural Landscape Award ($250) sponsored by Latah County Historical Society 

This award aligns with the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibition entitled Crossroads: Change in Rural America. This exhibition runs from August 23 – October 4 at 411 S. Main Street, and is presented in a partnership between the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and the Latah County Historical Society. The exhibit explores how and why rural communities have experienced so much change over the last 100 years - demographically, economically, environmentally and more - as well as what towns are doing to survive or even thrive in the new millennium.

Additional recognition awards will include: Best Palouse, Best Downtown, Best Historical, Honorable Mentions, Student Awards, and the City of Moscow Purchase Award.

Scott Gellatly is a native resident of Oregon, where he currently lives with his wife and two sons. He is an artist and also works as a product manager for Gamblin Paints, a Portland-based maker of fine artist oils. 

“I’ve always been driven to make things,” says Gellatly. “No matter the medium, I find excitement and wonder in creating something that didn’t exist the day before. Whether that creation succeeds or fails, it drives my creative process forward – eager to begin the next piece.”

For more information about Gellatly and to view his artwork, visit his website at

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.

Palouse Plein Air is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. All painting media are eligible for competition, including gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. 

Painting Competition
September 14 – 20

September 20 – October 6

Reception and Awards Ceremony
September 20    5 - 8 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery


Story Contact: Megan Cherry, Arts Program Manager
Phone: 208-883-7036

City of Moscow

206 E Third Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
Phone - 208.883.7006
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