Umpqua Plein Air

Event dates: September 24 – 28, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28  |   4 PM – 6 PM

Registration is open on May 1st!      

Deadline to get registered: September 1st, 2019

Adventure awaits you… Come and join us for an event which celebrates this stunning and wild landscape in central Oregon. A place that makes you feel you are glad to be alive is a place to paint. Observe and connect to nature and with other artists at this year’s annual Umpqua Plein Air! Nature is calling you.


UVAA’s Umpqua Plein Air is a three-day annual painting event and competition for artists working en plein air.

During the event, artists will capture Douglas County’s wild and stunning landscapes including the breathtaking, emerald waters of the North Umpqua River and the peaceful and abundant orchards and vineyards of the Umpqua farmlands.

Our Umpqua Plein Air Artists also enjoy:

  • Three days of painting in stunning Douglas County landscapes
  • Demo with our juror and painter Thomas Kitts
  • Brunch and live music at the Beautiful Art Center
  • An artist talk and a Q&A with Gallery Director, Sandee McGee and Owner of Fisher’s Flowers and former Gallery Director, Jennifer Tarver
  • UVAA Hospitality, including home-baked goods and delicious coffee served at designated paint out locations
  • The Opening Reception where winners will be announced and light refreshments will be served
  • Up to three works shown in the Umpqua Plein Air exhibit, here at the Arts Center, which runs from September 28 – October 26

Cash prizes:

Best of Show – $500
Second Place – $200
Third Place – $100
Fourth Place – $100 Gift Certificate donated by Dick Blick Art Materials

People’s Choice Awards:
1st – $150 Gift Certificate | 2nd – $100 Gift Certificate | 3rd – $50 Gift Certificate
(Gift Certificates donated by Burley, Gamblin PaintsGuerrilla Painter 

Up to 40 Awards of Distinction will also be awarded.

Umpqua Plein Air is open to beginning through advanced artists. We hope you grow from this event and keep coming back each year to further your skill set and make connections with your fellow artists. Come and experience the camaraderie of our artist community here in Roseburg and capture a piece of the spectacular Land of Umpqua.

Here’s what people are saying about Umpqua Plein Air:

“Very well run, folks were friendly and the suggested locations were terrific. I’d like to participate again and I’ve let artist friends know what a great venue it is.”

“[Umpqua Plein Air was] a wonderful art adventure in Roseburg.  Everything went like clockwork and I have arrived home wanting to return for the next Plein Air event!”

“I have always wanted to participate in a Plein Air paint out and am very grateful.” Yet another praised the planning for the event: “[UVAA] did a beautiful job of organizing and setting up the paint out and show.”


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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.