2021 Plein Air Portland Juried Show

On view online July 2 – August 25
On view in the OSA Gallery July 1 – 28

Image: Bhavani Paints the Roses / Luscher Farm by Peggie Moje


About the Exhibition

Visit the OSA Gallery

2185 SW Park Place, Portland, OR 97205

Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM and Saturday 1 – 4 PM

This exhibition celebrates the beauty of the Pacific Northwest as expressed by contemporary artists working in the plein air tradition. Plein air paintings are primarily created outdoors from direct observation.

The juror awarded seven prizes. A final prize, The People's Choice Award, is decided by public vote and bestowed at the end of the Gallery exhibition. Come fill out a ballot in the OSA Gallery, or click "Let's Chat" in the lower right of this site and enter the artist's name and artwork title. Voting closes July 28, and the winner will be announced in a subseWeekly Wash newsletter (subscribe here).

Artwork in the show is available for purchase through this website or the Gallery. Prices do not include shipping or handling. Click here to see current Calls to Artists from OSA​.

Questions? Email info@ostartists.org or call 503-228-0706.




Bets Cole

Thank you for inviting me to judge the 2021 Oregon Society of Artists Plein Air Show. The director and I had a long discussion as to the judging criteria. This year we chose to make the jury process online, providing the opportunity for artists from outside the Portland Metro area to submit without the burden of additional pick-ups and drop-offs.

I am truly excited about the show. The quality of work was very strong. This group of paintings speak of a group of talented painters committed to the documentation of nature’s beauty. Oregon painters are blessed with a varied and stunning landscape, and these paintings reflect that gift. The paintings in the 2021 Oregon Society of Artists Plein Air Show demonstrate passion, excitement, and individual expression. I applaud you all.

Image by Bets Cole, courtesy the artist.



These seven works were chosen by the juror as outstanding works. Click on an image to see the work in its entirety and read the juror's note.


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and Mixed Media

Plein air works created in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed water-based or dry media


Oil-Based Media

Plein air works created in oil paint and oil pastel