Plein Air: Chronicling 2020

Deadline July 20, 2020

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego invites artists to participate in the 6th annual Plein Air Lake Oswego. In many ways, the landscape of 2020 looks much different than previous years. In light of the continued restrictions, health and safety risks due to COVID-19, and ongoing social justice movements, this year’s Plein Air will take an alternative approach. We will accept paintings and drawings done en plein air (in the outdoors) in Lake Oswego and surrounding areas, however we will not be holding “paint-out” events. Artworks can be of any landscape – urban or rural – or even your own front/backyard. The term “landscape” can be interpreted creatively as long as the artwork is made en plein air and not from a photograph. Up to three works from each participating artist will be curated into our ARTspace gallery.
The exhibition, Plein Air: Chronicling 2020 on view August 7, 2020 through September 25, 2020
• Please note ACLO gallery and offices have relocated to 41 B Avenue in Lake Oswego.
• Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for display.
• Opening Reception & Awards August 7.
• This year in addition to hanging a gallery exhibition, the Arts Council will be putting the exhibition online with works available for purchase in an online store.
• Online sales will be handles by ACLO and artists will receive 70% of sale. Checks will be sent out after exhibition closes.
A Note on Locations
If you are planning on painting out in and around Lake Oswego, please follow all local safety guidelines around closures and social distancing. Updates on location openings and COVID-19 restrictions are available at these links:
• Clackamas County:
• City of Lake Oswego:
• July 20 by 5pm – Registration Deadline. Register at this link:
• July 20 by 3pm – All contracts and required information returned and art delivered to ACLO
• August 7, 5 to 7pm – Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards Announced (Details TBD)
• September 25, 5 to 7pm – Exhibition Closing
• September 28 to October 2 – Art pick up between the hours of 10am – 2pm
This exhibition is open to all artists over the age of 18. Artists must produce—paint or draw—the entirety of their work in the outdoors in Lake Oswego and/or surrounding areas. All works must be created and completed within the dates of March 2020 – July 2020.
• Registration and an entry fee of $50 is required to participate (if the entry fee is a barrier to participation, please be in touch with the Arts Council). Entry fee helps to offset costs of exhibition, marketing, creating online content, online store, and programming.
• Artists are required to sign a gallery contract.
• Works may not exceed 6.5 feet in height or width (must fit through gallery door)
• All work must be ready for exhibition upon arrival – framed with wire for hanging. No sawtooth hangers.
How to Participate

• All participants must register at this link by 5pm July 20:
• Fill out and return gallery contract no later than July 20 with entry fee paid
• Deliver artwork between July 1 and by July 20 between the hours of 10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday
o Masks are required for in person drop-offs
An elite awards jury convenes in August to select winners. Work not on display is ineligible. Announcement made August 7 at Opening Reception:
• 1st Place: $250 (Best in Show)
• 2nd Place: $125
• 3rd Place: $75
Artwork will be exhibited in ARTspace gallery from August 7 through September 25, 2020. The gallery is free and open to the public (hours and details in keeping with current COVID-19 recommendations are forthcoming). Artists are asked to offer their works for sale, with the understanding that the Arts Council takes a 30% commission.
About the Arts Council of Lake Oswego
As the only dedicated visual arts gallery in the city of Lake Oswego, the Arts Council and its ARTspace have a unique opportunity to inspire thought and conversation through art.
Our Mission:
The Arts Council of Lake Oswego works to ensure that arts are an integral part of life in our community, now and into the future.
Our collective actions and commitment will result in:
• Enlivening our built and natural environments, while adding value to Lake Oswego’s economy;
• Effective collaborative partnerships that strengthen our community;
• Increased visual art appreciation and understanding by all of our residents and visitors;
• Increased arts tourism and visitors as economic drivers for the city and our organization.

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