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Columbian Artists Association has been proudly working with the community to create an innovative means to support and promote the arts. Be a part of our group and enjoy many opportunities offered as a member.


There are various activities for membership participation.

Fall Members Show

This is a Members' only show. This will take place inside the Longview Library in October. We have a reception during which time our judge is available to give their thoughts and advice to artists. This is open to 2-D and limited 3-D art. Ribbons are awarded by medium by the judge. This year's entry date is Thursday, October 5th, the reception will be Saturday, October 7th and the final take down will be Thursday. October 26th. Member prospectus to come soon.

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Upcoming Activities

Sketchers' Outing- Tuesday, September 19th

Three Brothers Winery and Vineyard in Ridgefield, WA

Interested members will meet at 10am in the parking lot near the Volcano Center in Kelso, WA, just east of the I-5 interchange across from Starbucks. We will then pool together to the vineyard. Bring water, a folding chair or stool, sketch or painting pad, other sketching/painting supplies and a snack. After the event, we will visit a local restaurant for a late lunch. We should return to Kelso around 2pm. If you are planning on coming, please contact Beth Bailey at

Demonstrations and Activities

Presentation by Scott McRae

Various members offer demonstrations on techniques, art products, and new mediums. This occurs on on alternating months. Janis Newton helps schedule these events. Contact her at - 360-423-1073

Scott McRaeJanice Newton

Art Challenges

Every other month we challenge one another to complete a work of art based on a subject selected such as clouds, animals, beach scene, people, action and more. Members bring in their piece and present to the group for remarks or suggestions if the artist asks. It's a fun way to view how others approach a subject and view the varieties of medium choices.

Exhibits and Shows

There are several opportunities to exhibit your work, earn awards, and sell your art. In the spring, we have our Spring Show which has been held at the Three Rivers Mall. We are currently looking for an alternate location. The show is open to members and other artists in the surrounding counties. We have a visiting judge jury the show. There are many sponsors who support this event. Exhibitors must have their artwork for sale.

In the summer, we hold the Art in the Park in mid-August. In the past, we have held this event near Martin's Dock at Lake Sacajawea. This year we will be holding it in conjunction with the Squirrel Fest at the Civic Circle in Downtown Longview near the Monticello Hotel. Local artists and artists from outside the area are welcome to exhibit. This is an outdoor show so weather is a factor in considering this event. Artists should have their own canopy to protect their work from the elements. Both 2-D and 3-D artists attend the show.

6x6 Painting Fundraiser

Members are encouraged to paint on 6x6 canvas to go on sale at various events. Nancy Knowles has organized this activity and various members offer to help exhibit these works. Sales of these works act as a fundraiser for supporting various acivities.

Painting en Plein Air

During the spring, summer and into fall, there are several members who take to the road visiting various locations to paint or draw. It's a great way to meet new members and get active. There's always an inspirational view to grab your interest. If you want to be a part of this group, contact Nancy Knowles.



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