Watch Artists at Work During the Third Annual Plein Air Lake Oswego This Week

jackiemccartin_luscher-farm-paintingOver 50 artists will show you how painting is done under cover of whatever kind of sky Mother Nature delivers September 22-25, as they capture local scenes set in the city’s plazas and parks from sun-up to sun-down.

Plein air, which translates to in open air, refers to a tradition begun in the early nineteenth century with the invention of portable painting equipment and supplies. Often associated with Impressionist painters, plein air artists take to the outdoors for inspiration as they complete their masterpieces while accounting for weather, changing light conditions, distractions, and interruptions.


Susan Kuznitsky captures a scene at the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market. (photo taken by Connie Frank)

Nicole Nathan, Executive Director of the Arts Council explains, “Plein Air Lake Oswego is a unique opportunity for the community to delve into the artist’s process and see how an idea becomes reality.” Luckily, the area is home to many gifted artists, with an increasing number participating each year. That’s a boon to spectators who can watch them at work at these locations: Luscher Farm, Foothills Park, George Rogers Park, Roehr Park, Sundeleaf Plaza, Millennium Plaza, Lakewood Village, and the Lake Oswego boundary of Tryon Creek Natural Area along the Red Fox Trail (only Friday, September 23 for Tryon Creek).

The event will culminate in Art in the Garden, a seasonal farm dinner at Luscher Farm, on Sunday, September 25 beginning at 5:00 p.m. to benefit the Arts Council. Tickets are $85 and available online or by calling 503.534.5708.

Finished plein air artworks will be on display at 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 First Street from October 7 through October 28.

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I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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