Paul Jackson Juror Fall 2017 Troutdale

Colors in Troutdale

October 6-8, Workshop October 9-13
 By Elizabeth Zimmerman

In the age of conquest for gold and territory, explorers were lured to the coast of what is now Oregon in search of the Northwest Passage. Yet, no one explored the mouth of the Columbia River until American fur-trading captain Robert Gray and British captain George Vancouver exchanged observations. Captain Vancouver, considering the inlet too small for safe passage for his ship Discovery chose not to investigate it. However, Captain Gray did sail into and discover the entrance of the great Columbia River, which bears the name of his ship. Thus the Columbia became an American river.

Now the Columbia River Gorge is ready for you to discover your inspiration for painting at the 2017 Fall Convention Columbia River Colors in Troutdale. The western gateway to the Gorge, Troutdale is an emerging center for artists, packed with small galleries and antique shops. From Troutdale, you can meander to McMenamins Edgefield, the convention host location where the Meet & Greet and Banquet will take place in charming halls surrounded by historic murals of the hotel’s origins as the Multnomah County Poor Farm.

October is the perfect time of year to visit the Columbia River Gorge with fall trees in glorious gowns of gold, orange, and red. The Historic Columbia River Highway weaves through woods, cascading waterfalls, and basalt rock formations. If you are looking for a little adventure, you can choose from many hikes ranging from easy to difficult that feature breathtaking waterfalls.

On Saturday fellow WSO members will present classes in an artist’s village among the trees of Mount Hood Community College, the origins of the Mount Hood Jazz Festival. In addition the Visual Arts Center Gallery where the 2017 Fall Watercolor Exhibition will be hung is located next to the art studios and is an easy drive to Edgefield. Not only is Edgefield the host location, but you can also wander through the grand old house, landscaped grounds, vineyard, orchard, and gardens as well as enjoy the sitting areas, tasting rooms, restaurants, and golf course.

Co-chairs, the late Mike Hill, Elizabeth Zimmerman, and Mojdeh Bahar are excited to welcome you to our “neck of the woods”. There will be plein air paint outs, opportunities to tour historic, art-filled Troutdale and the Firebird Bronze Foundry, and appreciate the wonders of the Columbia River Gorge.

Well-known American contemporary watercolorist and world traveler, Paul Jackson will be our juror and instructor for the 2017 Fall Convention and Workshop. The workshop, October 9-13, will be located within walking distance of historic Troutdale at the newly built and spacious Harvest Christian Church. If you have never seen his paintings, you should take a moment to look them up; you won’t be disappointed. Plus, it is on good authority, that the WSO Video Library has many of his DVDs; otherwise, you can view his watercolors on his website at

Besides our outstanding juror, inspiring paintings, breakout and paint out sessions, and the marvelous location there will also be another art form for you to enjoy. You can look forward to the long awaited flash mob of “Happy”. Your participation is welcome! Please contact Sharon Rackham King at to join in on the fun.

Columbia River Colors in Troutdale is ready for you to come and be inspired!