PLEIN AIR: State Parks events can inspire painters

May 12, 2013 

Artists are invited to join the Painting in the Parks event at two state parks Friday and Saturday. The event is part of the celebration of Washington State Parks’ centennial.

Participants are urged to take a journey through a state park and find artistic inspiration, spending the day creating a work in the state’s outdoors.

One event will take place at Iron Horse State Park, home to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail with 100 miles of trail from North Bend to the Columbia Gorge. The park was once part of the path of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad.

The other event will be held at Olallie State Park, near North Bend. The park features dramatic waterfalls, cliff formations and old-growth trees measuring more than 10 feet in diameter. The park’s most popular destinations are Twin Falls, Weeks Falls, Cedar Butte and Mount Washington.

The programs will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Also taking part will be members of Plein Air Washington Artists. A full schedule of Painting in the Parks days is available at

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