PORT ANGELES —Paint the Peninsula artists will paint the beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula’s outdoors this week, including scenes in Olympic National Park.
Scheduled for Monday through next Sunday, Paint the Peninsula, which is hosted by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, will feature 22 plein air artists selected from across the United States and Canada who will paint outdoors over the week to capture the North Olympic Peninsula’s natural beauty.
Visitors are welcome to watch the painters at work throughout the week.
On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, artists will paint at locations of their choosing.
To learn the locations, call the fine arts center at 360-457-3532 for information.
The fine arts center gallery, which will display the works of art, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
On Tuesday, all of the artists will paint within Olympic National Park, said Penny Wagner, interim spokeswoman for the park.
Members of the local and visiting public are invited to a reception to meet and talk with the artists and park staff at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The reception is free of charge and will feature the paintings created within the park the previous day.
“We are pleased to partner once again with the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center,” said Olympic National Park acting Superintendent Lee Taylor. “We invite all our visitors to come watch the art as it’s being created.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, artists will present demonstrations to the public at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Lake Crescent Lodge at Lake Crescent.
On Friday, a paint-out and sale is planned from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at City Pier and the esplanade in Port Angeles.
On Saturday, the fine arts center gallery will host an awards ceremony from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m..
For a schedule of events, see www.paintthe peninsula.org/schedule-of-events.html.
For more information on the competition, see www.paintthepeninsula.org.
For information about visiting Olympic National Park, see www.nps.gov/olym.