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Colorful Camas Hosts "Plein Air" Painting Event

Experience Artists Working Outside "En Plein Air" in Camas

Plein Air Event Downtown Camas


In the 1800s, the invention of the portable easel enabled artists to pack up their supplies, get out of their studios and capture beautiful landscapes, flowers, birds, and people in natural settings.  It was a revolutionary concept that led to a movement called “En Plein Air”, or “Plein Air”. It also set the stage for artistic events where artists gather in public places to share ideas, motivate each other, and educate the public about their techniques.


It’s a wonderful opportunity to witness artists creating masterpieces live in an educational and inspiring setting.


The Plein Air Plein Air Artist Downtown Camasmovement is still active today in the U.S. - especially in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest - and you have the opportunity to experience it first hand today in Camas. “Plein Air in the Heart of Camas” will feature artists from 9 am to 4:30 pm positioned along 4th Ave to demonstrate their talents and creativity.  Finished paintings will be displayed at the Camas Gallery tonight from 5 to 8 pm. You will not only have the opportunity to watch artists work and ask questions about their colors and techniques, but also vote for your favorite painting!


Other activities tonight include:

Plein Art Kids


Kids’ coloring contest, chalk art, clay and play-doh (at the Downtown Camas Association table near 4th & Birch)


Elida Field’s Art, Women & Wine artists will be in various locations throughout downtown for a chance to meet the artists, enjoy the art, and enter to win prizes from participating merchants.


Second Story Gallery will feature a fiber art show "What's Blue With You?"

Truly Scrumptious cookies will be hosting a “painting” cookies session in Arktana.

There will be live local music throughout town - be sure to drop in on some of the shops and restaurants that will be open.


All paintings will be auctioned off at the Dinner in White on the Columbia on September 12th to benefit the Camas Washougal Mural Project. The People’s Choice Awards based on your vote will also be presented at the dinner.



If you’d like to learn more about Colorful Camas, and the surrounding areas, give us a call at Harcourts The Carl Group.  We’re Your Locals!


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Comment balloon 31 commentsDebb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD • September 04 2015 08:45AM



I love seeing "plein air" painting.  There is a place in the bluffs above the ocean, where I have see artists at work.  It is always a pleasure to peek into someone's perception.  I had an art teacher who took us out every class, and it was so wonderful.  I am glad that Camas is promoting this type of art.  Have a great weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 5 years ago

It is so much fun to see these talented people created a masterpiece.  

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 5 years ago

Good morning, Debb --- a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon and evening.   I also appreciate Plein Air art and it's always fun to have a "vote". Have a fun weekend.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 5 years ago

Debb now this is an event I would LOVE to attend. It's always so fun to watch painters in motion. So many other fun activities as well. Have fun!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 5 years ago

Debb, this will be a great way to spend a Friday afternoon. I am always fascinated watching painters work their magic. Lots of talent to see!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

Sounds like a great deal of fun!  I always enjoy seeing artists do their thing, especially since it is usually something I could never do myself.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 5 years ago

Hi Debb - That's a really cool event. I've always liked to stop and watch artists as they make their magic happen. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 5 years ago

Debb - I grew up around that.  My mother was a professionally trained artist and she brought  her easel and paint supplies on every vacation.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 5 years ago


Plein Air in the Heart of Camas sounds wonderful. We do not see artists working outsid very much in Texas but we have seen this situation in California more than once. Today will be an Art filled day in Camas. Enjoy if you folks get to attend. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 5 years ago

Thanks for your comments. The First Friday events in downtown Camas are really popular, and well-attended. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 5 years ago

Hello Debb,  I always love to watch people paint with this kind of talent.  It is special.  Have a great long weekend.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 5 years ago

Just stopping by to wish YOU and yours a very happy holiday!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 5 years ago

This is good information for local residents. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago

Debb, sure love watching those creative minds working on a canvas!   Camas is so beautiful, sure they have lots of subject matter! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 5 years ago

Good Sunday evening Debb. I too enjoy seeing "plein air" painting and I like seeing those creative minds working.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Debb,  what a great event and fun for all.  Yes I envy the artists who can tranform their thoughts to outpourings of creativity from their hands.  Special...very special.    Make it a great week.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 about 5 years ago

What a blast Debb, I love to check out artist in action.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 5 years ago

Aloha Debb, 

I love art and I'm a fracophone but have never heard the term "en plein air"

PS- Mac's namesake, hows he taking it?

a hui hou,

Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) about 5 years ago


The Plein Air painting event  in Camas Washington is a fun event to attend.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 5 years ago

I so totally love these kind of events! Debb Janes ... What a wonderful hyperlocal post! A big shout out to Camas and the Camas Washougal Mural Project! Wish I could attend. 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 5 years ago

I enjoy watching painters doing their thing. This is a great localism post.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

I would love to see this live as well!  What a really cool event.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) about 5 years ago

Thanks all. I was busy and didn't make it this year, but heard it was big fun for all. Maybe next year. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 5 years ago

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Posted by Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours! (Empire Network Realty INC.) about 5 years ago

Debb, Colorful Camas sounds like a very fun place to be!  Combining art, music and cookies?  How good can it get?

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Watching an artist create something from start to finish is a really great experience. I wish I could crawl in to the mind of an artist while they are creating and see what they see. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) about 5 years ago

Thanks for the continued comments all. Camas is a cool little town that knows how to provide its community with fun events.  I'll be visiting each of you soon. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 5 years ago

Debb Janes this is an excellent event. Specially the charity part when pictures are auctioned.

(And another great 'event' is coming soon for you at AR  - you are just few thousand points away from being a Millionaire!)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 5 years ago

Plein Air in the Heart of Camas is just the type of event i would love to experience.  Hope you get to attend and enjoy the music, wine and art.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 5 years ago

Debb, what fun! I would love to be their an art lover and a shopper!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 5 years ago

Hi Debb Janes , I used to demonstate at some of the shows.  There are a lot of talented artists worth watching at these show.  I enjoyed watching many of them.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 5 years ago

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