Northwind Art will host a plein air painting exhibition later this summer in tribute to the late Kathy Francis of Port Townsend, pictured here at the oxbow of the Hoh River. Artists are invited to enter work through July 14. (photo courtesy of Bob Francis)

Northwind Art will host a plein air painting exhibition later this summer in tribute to the late Kathy Francis of Port Townsend, pictured here at the oxbow of the Hoh River. Artists are invited to enter work through July 14. (photo courtesy of Bob Francis)

Northwind Art invites entries to plein air show

PORT TOWNSEND — Artists who love to go out and paint the sky, sea, forest and light are invited to submit their work to Northwind Art for its plein air exhibition to open in Port Townsend later this summer.

The deadline is July 14 for submissions to this juried show, which will be at Jeanette Best Gallery downtown.

Titled “Weather or Not,” the exhibition is two things: a celebration of painting outdoors and a tribute to the late Kathy Francis, who co-founded a plein air painting group of the same name. She led the group until her health would no longer permit it; Francis died in January 2020 at age 77. She was survived by her husband of 59 years, Bob Francis.

The “Weather or Not” show is open to entrants from across the Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and British Columbia.

The show is strictly for paintings done en plein air, out in the elements.

For complete details, see https://northwindart.org and click on the red Call to Artists banner at the top of the home page.

Artists may submit up to five entries. Work accepted into the show will be eligible for the $500 Juror’s Choice award, one of three $300 merit awards and the $100 People’s Choice prize.

“Weather or Not’s” juror is Catherine Gill, an internationally known artist and teacher. She’s a co-founder of Art Partners International, an organization dedicated to bringing together art and artists of diverse cultures, and author of “Powerful Watercolor Landscapes,” a book for artists of all levels.

The “Weather or Not” exhibition will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 29 at Jeanette Best Gallery, 701 Water St. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and from noon to 8 p.m. for Art Walk on the first Saturday of every month.

For more about this gallery, its sister venue the Grover Gallery at 236 Taylor St. and about the Northwind Art School at Fort Worden, visit https://northwindart.org or find Northwind Art on Facebook and Instagram.

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