Enjoy plein air art at First Friday

Paintings will be auctioned off at Dinner in White

On First Friday, artists will line Northeast Fourth Avenue, from Adams to Dallas, to “paint the town” throughout the day.

Visitors can watch the artists’ craft in plein air style between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Plein Air is the French tradition where artists paint the landscape in the “open air.”

The finished pieces will then be on display at the Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. Fourth Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. The community will vote for its favorites, and People’s Choice awards will be given.

These works of art will be auctioned off to benefit the Camas-Washougal Mural Project at the Dinner in White on the Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 12.

“This is one of our favorite events, because it is all about local art,” said Carrie Schulstad, executive director of the Downtown Camas Association. “We have such incredible talent in our area, and the artists bring this in full display at this First Friday. Engaging with the artists and learning more about art is a fantastic way to build art appreciation in our community.”

Other art features and activities on First Friday will include:

o Elida Field’s Art, Women & Wine artists will be in participating merchant locations. Shoppers can meet the artists, enjoy the art, and be entered to win prizes from the merchants. Participation lists can be found at the DCA table near Fourth Avenue and Birch Street.

o Second Story Gallery, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., will be presenting the fiber art show “What’s Blue to You?” a themed collection of fabric panels created by High Fiber Diet. This group of artists will be in the gallery at an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with live music provided by Jeremy Tuell.

o Kids’ art crafts and coloring contest at the DCA table.

o “Selfie” photo booth

o Live local music throughout town

For more information, visit www.downtowncamas.com and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.