Painters can sign up now for September Palouse Plein Air event

click to enlarge Past winner: “Complementary sunset” by Emma Woolstenhulme
Past winner: “Complementary sunset” by Emma Woolstenhulme

Registration is open for the city of Moscow’s 13th annual Palouse Plein Air painting event, set for Sept. 5-15.

Any painter 18 or older working in gouache, watercolor, acrylic, oil, or pastel can sign up to participate.

The event includes painting workshops and a juried exhibition, with artists painting outdoors at a location of their choosing in Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman or Benewah counties.

The exhibition is set to open Sept. 15 at the Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall with an artist reception and awards ceremony from 5-7 p.m.

click to enlarge Melanie Thompson
Melanie Thompson

This year’s juror, Melanie Thompson of Richland, Wash., spent summers fighting wildfires while she studied graphic design at Washington State University, according to a city of Moscow news release. After graduating, Thompson took up oil painting, depicting landscapes inspired by her experience as a wildland firefighter.

More information and a link to register are at

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