PORT ANGELES, WASH. – Olympic National Park looks forward to welcoming both artists and art enthusiasts during the upcoming Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Painting Competition. Scheduled for September 7-13, Paint the Peninsula will feature 27 specially selected plein air artists who will paint outdoors over the week to capture the Peninsula’s natural beauty.
On September 7, the competition’s first day, all 27 artists will paint within the boundaries of Olympic National Park before moving to Dungeness and other points around the peninsula.
Visitors are welcome to watch the painters at work in the park and throughout the week and should call the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 360-457-3532 for location information.
“We are pleased to host such a talented and diverse group of artists, and welcome our September visitors to come watch and appreciate the art as it’s created,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “The arts – and Paint the Peninsula – provideone more way for people to find their park!”
The public is also invited to meet and talk with the artists and park staff at a reception to be held at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Boulevard on Tuesday, September 8. The reception is free of charge and will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will feature the paintings created within the park the day before.
The finished paintings will be displayed daily and will be for sale from September 8-19 at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Boulevard in Port Angeles.
For more information on the Paint the Peninsula competition, people should check the event website at http://www.paintthepeninsula.org/.
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