2021 Judges

Judging of the Plein Air Competitions occurs Thursday, September 23.  This year’s judges are highlighted below.


Nancy Seiler received her Visual Communications degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1981. She is a Golden Working Artist for Golden Artist Colors presenting lectures, demonstrations and workshops in acrylics, watercolors, and oils in Southern California and Montana. She has also taught classical botanical illustration and nature journaling since 2003. Seiler has exhibited her acrylic paintings and botanical illustrations since 2002. In the summer of 2014, she co-owned a successful pop-up gallery in Bigfork, Montana. Her work is now represented by Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, Montana and 709 Gallery in Missoula, Montana.

Visit Nancy’s website to see more of her work here.

Bonnie Griffith is an artist of the western landscape, working in oils and pastels. The rich pigments of pastel and oil allows her to create paintings that have the brilliance and the bold color we see in the West giving her unlimited options to create the images representational of the colors, depth and texture inherent in this physical earth.

Griffith’s love of the landscape prompts her to paint it and look for a story to tell. Her goal is to create a work the viewer can “step into” and experience their own story.

Griffith has studied with great instructors like Lorenzo Chavez, Ned Mueller, Elizabeth Mowry and other contemporary landscape artists. She is a signature artist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society.

Working out of her Crooked Creek Art Studio in southwestern Idaho and
painting plein air throughout the western US she teaches workshops in plein air painting, pastels and multimedia techniques.

For more info about Griffith and her work, please see the following sites:
www.bonniegriffith.com, Instagram page: @Bonniezahngriffith
and Facebook page: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist.