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Center for Arts & History to hold plein air competition

LEWISTON, Idaho – For the second consecutive year, the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History presents the In the Vineyard Plein Air Competition, a contest open to all artists held on July 19-26 at local vineyards. Works created throughout the week of competition will be on display at the Center Aug. 7-29.

New and experienced plein air artists are invited to register for the event by calling 208-792-2243. The early bird entry fee of $35 gives each participant the opportunity to submit three pieces of artwork into the juried event. The registration fee increases to $45 after July 19. Each additional piece entered is $10.

Juried awards include three cash prizes with a $500 grand prize. For more information and a printable registration form visit

Participants will travel to area vineyards for paint outs, side events, and Center for Arts & History programming throughout the week. Plein air paint outs will take place at the following vineyards: Basalt Cellars Wasem and DeVleming Vineyards, Clearwater Canyon Cellars Umiker Vineyard, Colter’s Creek Winery and Vineyard, and Lindsay Creek Vineyards.

Awards will be presented at the Plein Air opening reception on Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. at the Center for Arts & History in conjunction with the Lewiston premier of “Idaho Wine, From Bud To Taste Bud,” which starts at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The feature length documentary, produced by Peppershock Media of Nampa, Idaho, tells the story of how some unusual and amazing people have dedicated their lives to making award winning boutique wines in some of the most unique grape growing conditions.

The Plein Air Competition is sponsored by Happy Day Restaurants, Wasem’s, and Blue Lantern Coffee House.