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Winners selected for Gig Harbor Plein Air Art Show

A summer’s worth of paintings on display through Nov. 2

(GIG HARBOR) Winners have been selected for the Peninsula Art League’s fifth annual plein air show. The show, which is on display at Gig Harbor’s Lodge at Mallard’s Landing through Nov. 2, represents a summer’s worth of paintings and drawings done “en plein air” – in the open air in a naturally lit setting.

Members of the Gig Harbor Arts Commission served as jurors for the show.

The first place ribbon was awarded to Randy Robbins for an ink and watercolor painting of the Narrows Bridge. Robbins is a retired architect and his drafting skills are reflected in the precise rendering of the bridge, as seen from the beach below.

Mary McInnis’s oil painting of sheets drying on the clothesline at a farmhouse took second place. She titled her painting “Breezy Fresh.”

Third place went to Anne Knapp for a pastel painting of two red chairs that she calls “Where to Sip a Local Red.” The painting was made on one of the summer’s few rainy days, at the Olalla Valley winery.

Carlene Salazar earned an honorable mention for “Ruffles and Flourishes.” an oil painting of a trio of iris.

More than two dozen paintings are featured in the exhibit.

PAL’s plein air painting group meets every week from June through early September at a different location.

“Plein Air is experiencing a resurgence of interest among both artists and collectors,” said Knapp, one of the organizers of the show. “The works beautifully capture the transient lighting and mood of the subject so the artists have to work rapidly to complete their painting.”

Admission is free to the art exhibit.

The Lodge at Mallard’s Landing is located at 7083 Wagner Way.

WHAT Fifth annual Plein Air art show, presented by Peninsula Art League

WHERE The Lodge at Mallard’s Landing – 7083 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor

WHEN Through Nov. 2