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Scappoose man wins painting competition in the 'open air'

by: HILLSBORO ARTS & CULTURE COUNCIL - Scappoose resident Thomas Clark poses next to his first-place entry in a recent painting competition. It was completed on scene over two days.A Scappoose artist’s painting prowess won him first place in last week’s Hillsboro Plein Air Outdoor Painting Competition.

Thomas Clark competed against 40 other Northwest artists in the sixth annual competition, hosted by the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, which gives the participants two days to paint the landscapes of the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, downtown Hillsboro, a farmer’s market and land on the Ardiri Winery & Vineyards.

“Plein air” is a particular type of painting that usually takes place outdoors. It translates to “open air” in French.

There were three categories: landscape, city scene and figurative “quick draw,” a timed competition involving historically dressed models. Clark won first place in the landscape category, beating out Joanne Kollman, from Portland, who took second place. Kristina Sellers, from Gresham, won honorable mention in that category.

An exhibition of Clark’s winning work and other entries will be on display most of next month at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. An opening reception will take place Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.