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Umpqua Plein Air

UMPQUA PLEIN AIR 2021 | Event dates: August 23 - 28 | Exhibit dates: August 28 - October 29

It’s time to get registered for Umpqua Plein Air! Click the button below to sign up to pain the beautiful Land of the Umpqua this year! Come celebrate with us…EARTH, SKY, PAINT the land of the Umpqua!

Mt. Bachelor from Tumalo Mountain Pastel on canvas, by Barbara Jaenicke

The Umpqua Plein Air event is happening this year and we’re so excited!  

This event is dedicated to all the lives, big and small, who were displaced due to the fires that ravaged the Glide/North Umpqua area. Our hearts continue to go out to you. It takes an entire community to help each other heal and UVA is proud of how our community has taken such good care of each other throughout this last year.

Save the dates!

Paint out dates: August 23 – 28, 2021 | Exhibit dates: August 28 – October 29, 2021

Registration for Umpqua Plein Air starts on Friday, April 1st! Please check back on our website to get registered early! Maps to paint-out locations will be available here on April 16th, so you can begin your journey to plan your late summer days with us in the Umpqua Valley.


“Painting isn’t just a job or hobby for me. It’s a passion. Maybe even an obsession. I try to paint the effect of the light in the landscape, and my response to it, rather than “things.” To do this, I need to push beyond the basic mechanics of creating the work. No painting is ever easy for me. Each one challenges me to create that magic that goes beyond just a painting of a thing. That magic doesn’t always happen in every single attempt, but it’s those instances when the painting ‘hits’ that make it worth going through all the painful ‘misses.'”


As you are aware, COVID-19 has changed the way we gather… Umpqua Plein Air will see some changes this year to make your health and safety the number one priority. 

  • The event will kick-off with an Online orientation and juror talk with a live Q&A session. 
  •  The painting dates have been extended to allow more travel flexibility to our painters. 
  •  Umpqua Plein Air highlight’s incredible locations throughout Douglas County! Douglas County spans from The Coastal region to central Oregon! Featuring the stunning views along the North Umpqua River and the old town charm of Oakland! Don’t forget the vistas from our local wineries. What a treat! 
  •  Awards will be announced at opening reception by Juror, Barbara Jaenicke

 Umpqua Plein Air is an event very near to our hearts here at Umpqua Valley Arts and we look forward to welcoming you in the safest way possible!

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, August 19th from 3 pm – 5 pm:

Umpqua Plein Air Orientation, Juror Talk and Q & A on Zoom

Monday, August 23rd from 9 am – 11 am:

Umpqua Plein Air Check-In

Paint outs begin! See suggested locations and maps 

Tuesday, August 24th from dawn until dusk

Time to get out there and paint!

Wednesday, August 25th from dawn until dusk

Time to get out there and paint! 

Thursday, August 26th from dawn until dusk

Time to get out there and paint!

Friday, August 27th – Paint out day and artwork check-in

Final Paint out day!

Artwork Check-In – Artwork must be checked in by 5pm 

Saturday, August 28th – Demo Day & Opening Reception!

9 am – noon: Demo with guest juror, Barbara Jaenicke, at the beautiful Ratzlaff Pavillion

2 pm – 5 pm: Opening Reception  

  • 40 awards of distinction: In the Hallie Brown Ford Gallery!
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners are announced at opening
  • M. Graham – Best in show Watercolor award



Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Full refunds will be made in the event that the UVA has to cancel the event (workshop, class, Clay Place term, special program). Please be aware, should you need to cancel or change your registration 75% of your registration fee will be refunded up until two weeks prior to the start of the event. Cancellations made within two weeks of an event will be given a refund of 50% of the registration of the event. We are unable to refund registration fees on the day of or any days following the start of the event.


For a little inspiration to visit Douglas County!