Current Exhibits


In the early 19th century, technologic innovations – such as paint stored in tubes and portable box easels – made possible for artists to create their works en plein air – a French word meaning outdoors. Artists immersed themselves in the challenge and joy of capturing a fleeting moment from the natural environment.

As the movement took hold and evolved, artists moved from strictly representational landscapes (itself a radical change from classical uniformity) to a range of experimentation. Most notably, Plein Air inspired one of the most popular movements in all of art history, the impressionism of such revered artists as Monet, Cezanne, and Van Gogh.

The core appeal of Plein Air is the intimacy and immediacy of painting on site, a celebration of place evoked in the masterpieces from the past and which fittingly inspires artists from throughout the region to participate in this event and to revel in the abundant, unique beauty of the Land of the Umpqua.



Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.