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December 2009 Plein Air Paintout Schedule

Plein Air Painters:

Short days, cool weather and a little rain. December in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Time to paint outside.

Several painters have requested we schedule a critique on our paintouts. Good idea. Since some painters are early birds and others paint after lunch, I suggest we gather at 1pm each paintout for a critique and feedback on any painting we are working on or any painting from previous paintouts that we would like suggestions on. Critiques will be optional, but it will give us a chance to see works by other artists. So often in the past we have left at the end of the day and we did not get to see each other's work. I love to see everyone's work and I certainly appreciate suggestions on my own paintings.

I would like to thank everyone for all their help at our plein air shows and luncheon get togethers this last month. Special thanks to Tom and Karen Reid, and Rod and Anna Gillilan for hosting us and feeding us. How very nice they are. And thanks to the Creswell Library, Silvan Ridge Winery and the McKenzie Orchards B and B for hanging our paintings. We do have some wonderful friends. For anyone who has not seen the shows it is worth the visit. The Creswell Library show will be up through December 5th, the Silvan Ridge Winery show will be up till January 5th and the McKenzie Orchards B and B paintings will be up all winter.

November 30, Monday, pickup Farmers Market paintings at Springfield City Hall. Carol Plaia will be there between 2 and 4 PM. If you cannot make this date please call Carol Plaia at 225-8362 or me at 345-3549 to make other arrangements.

December 2, Wed., Park Blocks Paintout. Downtown Eugene. 8th and Oak St. There is cover in the park, restrooms by Karin Clarke Gallery on Willamette, and hot coffee at Bagel Sphere. We will use the covered area for 1pm critique.

December 4, Fri., Island Park Winter Paintout. Meet near north covered area for critique. Winter views of the Willamette River. Coffee and restrooms at Willamalane Community Center.

December 5, Sat., LCC's, Lane Community College’s, Holiday Market is taking place in the Cafeteria. Lots of Students and vendors...we will be outside of the Central Building. East on 30th St. to LCC Campus. Lots of cover and views all the way around the buildings.

December 7, Monday, 12-6pm, Pickup paintings from Creswell Library at 1st. and W. Oregon Ave. (Main St.). If you cannot pickup your painting let me know, Brooks, or call the library and talk to Esther Moberg, 541-895-3053 .

December 9, Wed. LCC Finals Week Paintout. No Market just students. We will meet in the cafeteria, Central Building, at 1pm for the critique.

December 11-12, Friday and Saturday, Winter Trees at Mt. Pisgah. East on 30th past LCC, across I5, left to Shell station, right under RR and then half mile to Seavey Loop on the left. A couple of miles on Seavey to Mt. Pisgah. $2 parking fee. We will be in the shelter with sliding doors for the 1pm critique.

December 16, Wed., UO Winter Break Paintout. Meet at the ERB, Student Union, at 13th and University for cover and critique at 1pm. Buildings, trees and students to paint. $1 per hour parking in the University area.

December 18-19, Friday and Saturday, UO Paintout at the Lillith Business Center, 13th St. past the UO Bookstore. Large open spaces inside to paint in case of rain. (watercolor only if you paint inside - they have beautiful floors). The 1pm critique will be in the Lillith lobby.

December 23, Wednesday, EWEB Winter Solstice Paintout. Good cover and view of Willamette River. Restrooms inside EWEB building. The shortest day we will paint out this winter.

December 30, Wednesday, Art Block Paintout. Willamette St. between 7th and 8th. Lots of cover from city garage over Karin Clarke's Gallery. Critique near Karin Clarke's gallery. Bagel Sphere near by. Street views of historic buildings.

January 2, Saturday, 11-4pm, Deliver paintings for “Plein Air Art about Agriculture” Show at Emerald Art, 500 Main St., Springfield. Only one painting per artist. We should have lots of paintings from farms to markets in Willamette Valley.

January 5-6, Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-4pm Pick up paintings from Silvan Ridge Winery. Good show. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, Or‎. Contact Cynthia Nickels at Silvan Ridge or me if you cannot pick up your paintings.

See you outside painting in December,


McKenzie RiverTrust’s Juried Art Exhibit April 2010

I got the following announcment from the Jacobs Gallery. They are looking for paintings of Oregon rivers. This is what we do, paint Oregon rivers. So if you would like to enter their show check out the web site in their notice. They are looking for images of paintings by January 30, 2010.

THE LIVING RIVER Juried Art Exhibit April 2 - May 1, 2010

In celebration of the McKenzie RiverTrust’s 20th anniversary, the exhibit celebrates environmental awareness and the beauty and vibrancy of rivers and streams of western Oregon and the important role they play in the life of our communities. The fundraising exhibition is being held from April 2 to May 1, 2010 at the Jacobs Gallery in the Hult Center located in Eugene. Check out their web site for an entry form:http://www.mckenzieriver.org/

Four Plein Air Painting Shows in November 2009

The crab guy did not come through for our Silvan Ridge reception, so we each need to bring hors d'œuvres or desserts to the November 22, Sunday, 1-4pm Artist Reception at Silvan Ridge 27012 Briggs Hill Road Eugene, Oregon 97405 Cynthia Nickles is out host. Hinman will have wine to taste or buy. They even sell wine by the glass.

The "Save the Old Schoolhouse" committee is hosting our reception at the Creswell Library Saturday November 14th, 2-4pm. I checked with Paul and they are bringing hors d'œuvres and desserts, but this is a small committee so maybe we should bring goodies to this event also. This is strictly optional, but I do believe it would be a nice jesture.

Guy Weese has requested images for our "Agrculture Art" Show scheduled for January at Emerald Art Center. If you have an image of a painting you would like to bring to our January show, please send it to me. thanks. Any agriclutural scene will do, from fields to market place. Thistle down and Friday Market come to mind.

Many of you have asked me to let you know when Sarkis was going to be on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat. I have just learned from Karen Antikajian that the program will air on Thursday, November 19th at 8pm and will repeat on Sunday, November 22 at 6pm. After the story airs, it will be online for anyone to view for free, at http://www.opb.org/artbeat.

Sarkis will also be doing painting demos at the U of O Bookstore (The Duck Store) from 10am to 6 pm on November 18th and 19th during their "Tools of the Trade" Sale.

This is the week to frame paintings and deliver paintings for Plein Air Painting shows. This is four shows in November. I hope everyone is busy enough.

November 2, Monday, 1pm - 4pm, Deliver Paintings to Springfield Library for the Friday Market Plein Air Show.

November 4, Wednesday, Paintout out all day and deliver paintings to Sylvan Ridge/Hinman Winery. Cynthia Nickles will be accepting paintings from 1-4pm, and we can paint all day. Contact me, Brooks, or Cynthia (345-1945), if you cannot deliver your painting on Wednesday.

November 11, Wednesday, Paintout at McKenzie BandB, 34694 McKenzie View Drive, Springfield Oregon.Tom and Karen Reid are looking for more Plein Air Paintings for their BandB. Karen ask that we not remove the wonderful paintings that we have already brought or the walls of her gallery will be bare. Karen has offered to fix us another of her gourmet lunches at noon if we will RSVP so she will know how many are coming. . To RSVP call Karen Reid at 541-988-5896 or 541-515-8153 or email her at mckenzieorchards@yahoo.com. Their website is www.mkobb.com.

November 12, Thursday, 10am to 7pm, Deliver "Old Schoolhouse " Paintings to Creswell Library, 64 W. Oregon Avenue Creswell, OR 97426,
If you cannot deliver your painting Thursday let me know, Brooks, or call the library and talk to Esther Moberg, 541-895-3053.


One of the daily reviews at the coast.

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From our paintiout in July