Artists and nature will come together for the 8th annual Umpqua Plein Air event. Beginning Wednesday, the three-day outdoor painting event showcases the natural beauty of the Umpqua Valley.

In the past, artists have come from all over the West, including Eugene, Bend, Washington and Montana. All levels of painters are scheduled to participate, who will be using everything from watercolor, pastel, oil paint and acrylic paint as their medium.

Painting “en plein air” is translated from French as painting in open air or outdoors. The style was developed in France in the mid-19th century, and is characterized by natural light and atmosphere, as opposed to painting in a studio.

The event kicks off with orientation at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Studio East of the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. Registration and brunch will be held from around 10:30 to noon. This year’s juror, Jennifer Diehl, will hold a juror talk until 1 p.m.

UVAA provides location suggestions for each day, but participants are welcome to choose their own locations. Wednesday’s Artist Sunset Paint Out will be held 4 p.m. to dusk, with the Ratzlaff Pavillion at Crane Creek Ranch, 391 Stillwater Road, Roseburg, listed as the suggested location.

Also held Wednesday is the Kids Quick Draw, where students kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to create art “in the open air” at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. Registration begins at 2 p.m. Students are welcome to bring their own art supplies, though the Arts Center will provide supplies. Art must be produced between 2 and 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, artists can paint from dawn until dusk. Colliding Rivers Park, 18782 N. Umpqua Highway, Glide, is the suggested location for the day. Painters working in low light are encouraged to bring a buddy.

UVAA suggests Winston House, 350 Winston Section Road, Winston, James Orchard, 344 Hooten Road, Winston, and Freed Estate Winery, 430 Hooten Road, Winston, as artist locations for Friday. The competition will be held until 5 p.m., with framed artwork due for judging at the Studio East at the Arts Center by 5:30 p.m. Competitors are only allowed to enter three paintings.

Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with a demonstration from juror Jennifer Diehl. The Opening Reception, where the public is invited to view the works created during the event, will begin at 2 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 3:15 p.m., with awards given for first, second, third and fourth place.The top 40 paintings will hang in the Hallie Brown Gallery, with remaining work on display in the corridor.

All the works from this year’s Umpqua Plein Air will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday until Friday, Oct. 26, at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center.

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at or 541-957-4218.

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