Plein air is a term derived from the French expression “en plein air,” meaning “in the open air,” and specifically refers to the act of painting outdoors.

Cannon Beach’s popular “Plein Air and More” event has grown to three days this year and will include more than two dozen artists represented by Cannon Beach’s art galleries. They will be creating works of art on location throughout the town and on the beach. Many will work in the traditional method of plein air painting, while others will sculpt, and photograph in their own unique styles. Individual galleries will display the finished works and host receptions for the artists.

You’re invited to sit and watch, ask questions, or even pick up your own brushes and participate in a workshop with Michael Orwick, noted plein air painter, in the week leading up to the event

June 22,23,24
Michael Orwick Workshop : Painting Coastal Color and Light
Join this noted plein air artist in scenic Cannon Beach and learn how to put life and personality into your landscapes. The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, but Michael is also inviting students to join him for informal sunrise and sunset paint outs at no additional charge.

Open to painters of any level. For more information, contact DragonFire Gallery. 503-436-1533?

June 24
Friday night, 5-7 p.m. “Meet and greet” artists reception

June 25
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “Paint out” and more throughout Cannon Beach
Maps of the artists locations will be available at all of the galleries

Saturday evening: Individual Gallery receptions for the artists.

June 26
Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Plein Air and More Group Show.

Below is a listing of each Gallery Group member and representative work from their participating artists for this event.

If you have specific questions about any of the artists, please contact the galleries directly.  

To see images and bios of the artists please click HERE


Media calls should be directed to: Bonnie Gilchrist 503-635-5100

Hope to see you here!

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