Join the City of Moscow, Moscow Contemporary, the Prichard Art Gallery and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture at an opening reception and awards ceremony showcasing artwork created during the annual Palouse Plein Air painting competition, Fri., Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m.

The reception and exhibition at Moscow Contemporary, located at 414 S. Main St., will celebrate the act of painting outdoors and the landscape of the Palouse. Artists will be busy painting on-site at various locations throughout Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman and Benewah counties from Sept. 9-16 (there is still time to register as a participating artist)

“Palouse Plein Air brings local and regional artists together to make great work about our area.” Aaron Johnson, University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture assistant professor, said. “We get to see what inspires individual artists about the place where we live.”

The 2021 Palouse Plein Air painting competition will be juried by Jared Shear. Shear received a degree in Animation from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997 and has exhibited in various gallery and museum shows throughout the northwest.

The exhibition will remain open to the public Sept. 17-Oct. 17. For gallery hours, contact Moscow Contemporary.

“If you don’t paint the Palouse you can still come to the show and see what was created in one week,” Johnson said.