See art outside with ‘Paint the Peninsula’

Twenty-six artists paint Sept. 7-13 in third annual competition

Paint the Peninsula

What: Plein Air Painting Competition

When: Sept. 7-13

• Monday, Sept. 7 – All day at the Olympic National Park

• Tuesday, Sept. 8 – All day at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, the Dungeness County Recreation Area and New Dungeness Light Station

• Wednesday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 10 – Artists paint at locations of their choice

• Friday, Sept. 11, Quick Draw Competition, 9-11 a.m. – Artists paint downtown Port Angeles at the historical buildings on Lincoln Street, the City Pier and the Esplanade.

More info: Call the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 457-3532 for artists’ location reports.


Sequim Gazette staff

Twenty-six juried artists from across the U.S. and British Columbia will gather to paint their perceptions of the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse landscapes next week.

The third-annual Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Painting Competition runs Sept. 7-13 with daily exhibits, a Friday “Quick Draw” competition, awards reception and festival at Webster Woods on Sunday.

The artists will spend the first two days of the competition painting together on Sept. 7 in Olympic National Park and Sept. 8 in Dungeness.

They’ll choose painting locations of their own for Sept. 9-10 and on Sept. 11 there will be a Quick Draw from 9-11 a.m. in downtown Port Angeles where the painters will choose from the historical buildings on Lincoln Street, the views from City Pier or the Waterfront Esplanade as their subject matter.

Two Sequim artists, Catherine Mix and Robert Stem, join 24 other artists including Liz Bonham, Keller, Tex., Damon Brown, Indianola, Pamela Claflin, Bend, Ore., Stephanie Gauvin, Rossland, B.C., Canada, Steven Hill, Lopez Island, Eric Jacobsen, Prineville, Ore., Jan Jewell, Bellevue, Jeremy Kraemer, Madison, Wis., Clement Kwan, Victoria, B.C., Canada, Jim Lamb, Sammamish, Gretha Lindwood, Portland, Ore., Molly Lipsher, Mission Viejo, Calif., Rhonda McCay, Longmount, Colo., Jim McFarland, Victoria, B.C., Canada, Irina Milton, Mukilteo, Suzanne Morris, Richmond, Va., Ned Mueller, Renton, Susan Ogilvie, Port Ludlow, W. Jason Situ, El Monte, Calif., Melanie Thompson, Richland, Alfred Tse, Rowland Heights, Calif., Yer Vue, Portland, Ore., Jane Wallis, Poulsbo, and Robin Weiss, Poulsbo.

Paint the Peninsula benefits the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and the public is invited to experience the week’s festivities. Observers can call the center at 457-3532 for artists’ locations for specific days.

Anne Dalton, chairman for the event, said the Fine Arts Center is partnering with tourist attractions such as the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge to increase public exposure to the paintings.

“Paint the Peninsula offers tourists not only the opportunity to observe plein air artists at work in this amazing park, but to purchase a one-of-a-kind memory of their trip,” she said.

After painting outdoors each day, completed paintings will be framed and hung at PAFAC for public viewing. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Four awards receptions will be hosted on Sept. 8, 9 and 12.

The first reception, at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, honors the paintings in Olympic National Park, while the second reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 9, honors the works in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Recreation Area at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

Gil Dellinger, current president of the Plein Air Painters of America, will judge the overall competition on Sept. 11. He’ll offer a workshop Sept. 12-14 for a fee. Deadline is Sept. 11 and is limited to 12 participants. Call the Fine Arts Center (457-3532) for more information.

The final overall awards will be announced during the Salon de Plein Air Reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the center. It includes wine, appetizers and entertainment for $75 per person and tickets are available for online purchase at

The People’s Choice awards and other prizes will be awarded from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Webster’s Woods Art Park.

Paintings will remain on exhibit in the PAFAC gallery for viewing and purchase through Saturday, Sept. 19.