Plein Air Painters: Four Northwest Artists
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Four painters share their paintings created on location and in the studio, featuring impressionistic landscapes and more from the Northwest and beyond.
Pamela Claflin was imprinted with nature early in life. Her art is her creative impression of her deep love for nature scenes. She travels constantly to absorb and collect painting material. Pamela works with brushes and palette knives to bring her artistic creativity to life on canvas. She has been showing her work since 1995.

Laura Gable’s family trips as a child to National Parks brought her creativity to paint where she shares her devotion for Midwest and western nature. Painting out of doors has developed in her a spontaneity as she paints trees, rugged basalt cliffs and more into her paintings. Initially an accountant and graphic designer but always an artist, Laura opened her own art studio in 2001.

Deanne Lemley has been painting since childhood and teaching for over 30 years. She has studied under notable painters and instructors around the world. She is considered a master painter in both water colors and oils, an unusual achievement. Deanne paints every kind of subject: portraits, nature, still life, marina scenes, and landscapes always with lots of expression.

Melanie Thompson trained as a graphic designer then worked as a wild land firefighter where she was inspired by stunning vistas and the fierce beauty of nature. She paints extensively on location preferring open skies and the Western landscapes. Melanie does not feel a painting is complete until she can see,feel and smell the moment.

Paintings by these four outstanding artists are found in art galleries here in the Northwest and in private collections across the US and internationally. Come and enjoy the impression and expression these accomplished artists are sharing with us throughout the month of October.

This exhibit will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from October 3rd through October 27th. The reception will be held on October 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit the Gallery at 89 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland, or visit the website at

Bethany Beard