Contest puts painters out on Eugene streets

      EUGENE, Ore. - Artists hit the streets of Eugene on Wednesday with paintbrushes, canvases and easles in tow.

      Create Eugene and Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts collaborated on the competition for artists, called the Plein Air Paint Out. From the French, "Plein Air" painting refers to painting "in the open air."

      "We have so many talented artists in Lane County, and they need to be acknowledged as well as rewarded," said Miriam Jordan, president of DIVA.

      Artists received a map of locations in Eugene to paint.

      Patti McNutt took part in the competition.

      "Recognition is good if you're trying to get in a show, if you're an honorable mention in something like this that's really nice," she said.

      Artists had until 3 p.m. to complete their paintings. The work goes on display in Kesey Square for judging towards $2,000 in cash and prizes.

      Some of the art will be displayed at DIVA through the end of the month.