Hillsboro’s sixth-annual Plein Air Competition is just around the corner, poised to scatter painters across Hillsboro to paint the sights of the city in situation.

Painters can situate themselves in front of a variety of vistas: Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro’s Saturday Farmers Market and Ardiri Winery and Vineyards.

French Impressionists like Monet and Renoir were enamored of the practice of painting “en plein air,” or, in English, in the open air.

By situating themselves in the countryside, among natural light, the sights would come alive around them and the masters could paint from life.

The practice is alive and well in the annual Hillsboro event, which ups the ante for artists by injecting a little friendly competition into open-air painting.

Artists can compete in three categories: landscape, city scene and figurative quick draw. Cash prizes are up for grabs in each category.

The competition takes place Sept. 14 and 15.

Local artist Eric Jacobsen, a professional plain air painter, will judge the competitions.

Jacobsen will also be holding a plein air workshop at Sequoia Gallery and Studios in Hillsboro Sept. 8 and 9. For more information, visit

Painters aged 16 and older can register in advance for the plein air competition for $40 by visiting or calling 503-615-3485. Registration the day of the event costs $45.

All participating artists are invited to leave their works to be exhibited at the Walters Cultural Arts Center during the month of October.

Hillsboro Plein Air is presented by the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council with the support of: Gamblin Artists Colors, Ardiri Winery & Vineyards, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing, Guerrilla Painter, Dick Blick Art Materials, RayMar Art, SunEden Artists’ Gear, Claeys Catering, Primrose & Tumbleweeds, Beard’s Framing, Walters Cultural Arts Center and City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit

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