Fresh Air and Fresh Paint – Plein Air and More in Cannon Beach, June 24–26

Janet Bland“En plein air,” is the French expression meaning to paint “in the open air,”  and is most frequently referred to as plein air, the act of painting outdoors. Cannon Beach’s popular “Plein Air and More event now in its third year, has grown into a 3-day event, and this year includes more than two dozen artists, represented by Cannon Beach galleries.

Artists will be creating works of art on location throughout the town and on the beach. Adding to the excitement of this unique artist happening, 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.

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 22-24, 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.

EVENT INFO: June 24 – Friday night, 5 to 7pm, “Meet and greet” artists reception at the CB Chamber of Commerce; June 25 – Saturday 10am to 4pm, “Paint out” and more throughout Cannon Beach. Maps of the artists locations will be available at all of the galleries. Saturday Eve – individual Gallery receptions for the artists; June 26  – Sunday 11am to 4pm, Plein Air and More Group Show. For more detail and a list of participating galleries and artists, go to