Plein Air: Bringing art to the outdoors in Roseburg

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- There were over 50 artists participating in the third annual Plein Air Arts Festival at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg.

One artist who makes the trip here each year says she comes just to paint the beautiful nature scenes in Roseburg. "I like to paint outdoors, and I like the way they have it set up," said Billye Woodford. "You know, it's a beautiful place up here to paint."

Officials say Plein Air painting started in the 1700's, when French artists left the controlled studio environment to paint the open outdoors.

The artists are painted the Umpqua River and surrounding hills.

With such a large area to capture, some artists use tools to help them find the perfect focal point. "By putting the viewfinder up, I can create a composition that works, so I look for things like my focal point.

If you were unable to make it out to see these painters in action, the good news is their paintings will be hung right in the Umpqua Valley Arts Association gallery through the end of October.