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Longing for better weather as the days get shorter? A special show of plein-air paintings is on display at the McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City, through Dec. 12.


Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: MCLOUGHLIN HOUSE - Usually a Coast Range painter, Sandra Pearce renders Oregon City's Holmes House in plein-air watercolors.Plein air is a term that originates from the French for “in the open,” popularized by French and American Impressionist painters of the late 1800s.

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: MCLOUGHLIN HOUSE - 'And the Saints Shall Gather' is Ed Turpin's watercolor painting of a church.Featured artists Ed Turpin, Sandra Pearce, Tara Choate and Holly Swogger created many of their paintings at the Annual Art on the Lawn event at the William L. Holmes House at the Rose Farm in Oregon City.

Turpin, Swogger and Choate all live in Oregon City. Turpin, a retired Oregon City schools art teacher, has been painting and creating art for more than 30 years, drawing his inspiration from his travels throughout the Pacific Northwest.

As a watercolorist and acrylic painter, Swogger prefers capturing many of the historic locales of Oregon City from Willamette Falls to the historic Carnegie Library.

Choate has been painting in transparent watercolor since 2006. As a member of the Three Rivers Artists Guild since 2009, she shows regularly at the TRAG gallery.

The exhibit at the McLoughlin House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 503-656-5146.

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