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Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018

Updated: Aug 9, 2018

Thirty one artists participated in Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018. Artists had two days in which to paint as many paintings as they wanted. Each artist was able to submit two of those paintings for judging in one of two categories; “Established Artist” and “Emerging Artist”. Best of Show, Second Place, Third Place and two Honorable Mentions were awarded in each category. Twenty eight artists submitted work for judging and inclusion in the subsequent plein air show, “En Plein Air”.

Nationally renowned Portland artist Aimee Erickson served as this year’s judge. The following awards were presented:

Established Artist Category.

Best of Show – “Peri’s Picture”, Oil by Jenay Elder from Ashland, Oregon

Second Place – ” On The Rocks”, Oil by Robert Paulmenn  from Astoria, Oregon

Third Place – “Riders of the Purple Sage”, Oil by James Sampsel from Grants Pass, Oregon.

Honorable Mention -“Southern Oregon Wine Country, Carpenter Hill, Selaed Gouache      by Katy Cauker, Jacksonville, Oregon

Honorable Mention – “Dancin”  by Gabriel Lipper from Ashland, Oregon.

Emerging Artist Category.

Best of Show – “Gravel Yard with Table Rock”, Oil by Jean Mailander from Medford, Oregon.

Second Place – “Jacksonville Sunset”, Oil  by Sally Reichmuth from Hood River, Oregon.

Third Place – ” Applegate River Sparkle”, Oil by Jeanne LaRae from Talent, Oregon.

Honorable Mention – “From Roxy Ann”, Watercolor by Charles Anderson from Medford, Oregon.

Honorable Mention – “View from the Cemetery”, Oil by Desmond Serratore from Medford, Oregon.

“En Plein Air” Show Artists:

Charles Anderson, Medford, Oregon.                        Steve Bennett, Jacksonville, Oregon.

Sue Bennett, Jacksonville, Oregon.                           Katy Cauker, Jacksonville, Oregon.

Jenay Elder, Ashland, Oregon.                                   Janette Ervin-Brown, Talent, Oregon.

Linda Evans, Phoenix, Oregon.                                  Peggie Foy, Medford, Oregon.

Miles Frode, Ashland, Oregon.                                   Karen Grandpre, Medford, Oregon.

Patti Hagan, Roseburg, Oregon.                                Judi Johnston, Medford, Oregon.

Gloria Kastenberg, Ashland, Oregon.                         Jeanne LaRae, Talent, Oregon.

Gabriel Lipper, Ashland, Oregon.                               Jean Mailander, Medford, Oregon.

Kirsten Meriwether, Medford, Oregon.                     Kathy Moraweic, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Jerry Peterson, Medford, Oregon                              Carol Picknell, Redmond, Oregon

Robert Paulmenn, Astoria, Oregon                 Katey Ellen Price, White Salmon, Washington

Sally Reichmuth, Hood River, Oregon                       James Sampsel, Grants Pass, Oregon

Desmond Serratore, Medford, Oregon                      Darlene Southworth, Ashland, Oregon

Trisha Stricklin, Ashland, Oregon                              Becca Ward, Portland, Oregon

“En Plein Air” show will be on exhibit June 23 to July 29 at Art Presence Art Center, located at 206 N 5th St. Jacksonville, Oregon. Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays   10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The artists also participated in a two-hour Quick Paint. Three paintings were selected in a blind vote by the artists and prizes, provided by Central Art, were given. The winning artists were: James Sampsel, Jeanne LaRae and Jenay Elder.


Words by Rick Evans of Southern Oregon Painters




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