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14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival & Exhibition

May 16 – June 25, 2022

The Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival returns in its 14th year starting Monday, May 9th when 32 nationally acclaimed artists arrive in Wayne to begin a marathon painting competition in hopes of taking home an award for one or more of their works. Artists were selected by juror, Kathryn Stats of Utah from a group of 110 applicants. Ms. Stats will also select the award winning paintings which will be announced at the Collector’s Preview Party on May 14th .

Plein Air artists luxuriate in the colors of newly sprouted foliage and early blossoms that appear with the freshness of spring. With such tender landscape in every direction and the possibility of $20,000 in cash awards, the excitement in the group is high. They register early Monday morning while picking up festival materials and getting their blank canvases stamped. Then the artists get right to work.

Participants may paint anywhere within a 25 mile radius of Wayne from Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th and are encouraged to paint in downtown Wayne on Saturday morning, May 14th where the public may watch them at work.

All paintings must be completed on site and entirely from direct observation. Plein air artists are adept at capturing the structure of the landscape and architecture in a particular light in just 2 hours. Equipped with those skills, their paints and special easels designed for easy set up on uneven surfaces, they tackle the challenge ahead.

The great variety of locations in our area make for interesting subject matter. Artists will go into Philadelphia to paint city scapes or find wide open spaces at nearby farms and parks. Some painters like to head into the towns and neighborhoods. All works created will be hung and ready for the Collector’s Preview Party on Saturday, May 14th from 6–10pm. The paintings will remain on display and for sale through June 25 during regular gallery hours.

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