Each year during the Oregon Lavender Paint Out, the regions’ lavender fields become outdoor studios for over 90 artists. For two weeks, artists from throughout the Northwest and beyond will work on location in the lavender fields, where they will capture the atmosphere of the moment, including the ever-changing colors, light, and shadows encountered when working outdoors. The Oregon Lavender Paint Out celebrates the tradition of painting en plein air. This gives artists the opportunity to paint some of the most striking landscapes imaginable, on site, at different Oregon lavender farms.

What is plein air painting? It’s a French term that literally translates as “fresh air.” The term in art refers to the practice of painting scenes outdoors, as opposed to painting in a studio or from photographs. Plein air painters receive their artistic inspiration directly from the landscape and the conditions of the day.

The Paint Out culminates at the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show on July 10-11, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon, where participating artists’ work will be showcased. The paintings will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Work will be available for viewing and purchase by the public during Festival hours. Admission is free. Proceeds from artists’ registrations and painting sales benefit many charitable causes.

Call to Artists:
Paint the lavender fields of Oregon between the dates of June 21 to July 7, 2021. You may enter up to five completed paintings in the Plein Air Art Show and Sale held at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon on July 10-11. There will be professional and open divisions in the show. Artists in all media are invited to participate. This public show and sale is part of the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival, July 10-11, 2021. The lavender fields are located throughout Oregon. The art show will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

If you plan to paint during a farms non-business hours, please contact the farm to make arrangements prior to visiting.  Thank you!  

Click here to learn more about submitting your painting to the Oregon Lavender Paint Out