On July 23rd a group of artists will gather at the Land Trust's Indian Ford Meadow Preserve for the 3rd Annual Plein Air Paint Out. The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and U.S. Forest Service host this annual event where artists will paint outdoors, inspired by nature and its stunning views, in a four hour time competition.
Indian Ford Meadow has long been a stunning location for plein air painting. Local artisit Norma Holmes has painted the meadow many times and it has been caught in photos by many an artist including our own Byron Dudley. What's most amazing that artists, in particular painters, have been visiting the meadow since 1857!
The Pacific Railroad reports engineers came through Indian Ford Meadow in 1856-1857 and Robert Young painted the photo to the above. In 1998, Glen Corbett redid this painting and the meadow remains almost unchanged. The Sisters Chamber of Commerce has both the Young photo and Corbett's on display showing the timeless view now preserved by the Deschutes Land Trust. The 3rd annual Paint Out may find an artist to redo the view again adding another version to the mix!
A call for artists for the Paint Out is currently underway. For more information contact Karly Hedrick at 541-549-0251 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.