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Plein Air 2017

May 7 – June 30, 2017 · Entry Deadline: March 1

The festival will run from May 7 through May 13, 2017 and the exhibition will be on view from May 15 through June 25, 2017 in the Wayne Art Center’s Davenport, Vidinghoff and Outer Galleries.

This annual national juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of outdoor painting while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share creative endeavors with collectors and the public.

Juror – Don Demers

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Don Demers as the juror for the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival. He will judge the entries based on technique, style, concept, composition and originality.

Demers was educated at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations have graced many book covers and national publications such as Reader’s Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic. His paintings have been featured in publications including American Artist Magazine, Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art and Antiques, Yachting Magazine and several other noteworthily publications.

A Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, Demers is an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an elected member of the California Art Club, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of American). Demers has won a record number of awards for his commercial and fine art paintings on both the east and west coasts.

Calendar of Events

November 10, 2016, midnight EST
Online application opens at www.waynepleinairentry.org ($45 entry fee).

March 1, midnight EST
Digital entry deadline. There is NO deadline extension.

March 13
Email notifications of juror’s decisions for the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival.

May 7
Artist Welcome Dinner, including orientation presentation and canvas stamping.

May 8-13 (5 ½ days to paint)
Artists paint within 25 miles of Wayne, PA.

May 11 and 12
Artists paint in Center City Philadelphia and designated locations.

May 13 (morning)
Artists paint in downtown Wayne.

May 13 (evening)
11th Annual Plein Air Preview Party at Wayne Art Center.

May 14
Plein Air Lecture/Demo by juror Don Demers.

May 15-17
Plein Air Painting Workshop (leader TBA).

May 15–June 24
11th Plein Air Exhibition open to the public.


We are very pleased to announce $15,000+ in prize awards this year. The juror, Don Demers, will announce the award winners on May 13, 2017 during the Preview Party.

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