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13th Annual Plein Air Festival - Artist Call for Entry

December 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019

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Entry Deadline: March 1, 2019

Festival Dates: May 13 - May 18, 2019

Exhibition and Sale Dates: May 19 - June 29, 2019


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4

Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee: $45.00

The 13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicks off on May 13th with the arrival of 32 juried, nationally recognized and emerging artists who have come to Wayne, Pennsylvania to capture the cool atmosphere and ephemeral, lush greens of spring in the Delaware Valley. As one of the premier plein air events in the country, Wayne offers the unique opportunity to showcase work created during the festival in spacious, light-filled and state-of-the-art galleries during an exhibition that hangs until the end of June. The galleries at Wayne Art Center are enjoyed by more than 30,000 visitors each year and sales during the Wayne Plein Air Exhibition remain steady throughout the six weeks.

For artists who previously have participated in Wayne Art Center Plein Air, the festival offers an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and collectors and to compete for top cash awards totaling $20,000. For emerging artists, acceptance in Wayne Art Center's Plein Air Festival represents an important step in achieving national recognition. As one of the first plein air festivals in the country, WAC Plein Air has attracted some of the best outdoor painters working in the field and has served an instrumental role in a vibrant movement that visually chronicles this day and age.

Hospitality abounds during the Festival. Local residents and Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival committee members open their homes to lodge out-of-town artists. Following registration, a hearty Welcome Dinner kicks off the festival fostering camaraderie and celebrating the week ahead. Artists travel Wayne and surrounding areas, a locale robust with colorful and varied landscapes. From quaint small towns filled with period architecture to rolling hills dotted with livestock, to the dynamic skyline views of Center City Philadelphia and its surrounding waterfronts, including the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, there is no lack of inspiration or subject matter. A week of intense work culminates in an entirely fresh exhibition of more than 300 paintings. The exhibit opens with a Gala Preview Party attended by more than 250 guests, where awards will be presented by the Juror.

This year’s juror, Joe Paquet, comes to Wayne Art Center from Minneapolis, MN.  Paquet is an Emeritus Member of The Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The California Art Club.

While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Mr. Paquet had the good fortune of finding a mentor in artist John Foote, who opened Joe's eyes to the joys of drawing the human figure. After graduating, Paquet met another major influence in his life, John Osborne, who was a uniquely gifted artist and teacher. Osborne believed that a landscape painting should begin on location, but that its poetic essence should be completed in the solitude of the artist's studio. Paquet experienced a demanding and rewarding apprenticeship in which he learned to fuse field studies with the image he could see in his mind's eye. Increasingly, however, Paquet is creating most of his work from life, believing that the direct correspondence with nature increases the potential for greater feeling. "Intellect," he says, "doesn't keep one warm at night."

Paquet has been featured in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art, and Plein Air Magazine. Paquet's awards include both Artist's Choice and Collector's Choice from The 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from The Salmagundi Club of New York, the First Place in Landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competition and The Edgar Payne Award for best Landscape at the 97th Annual Gold Medal Show at the California Art Club.

Calendar of Events for Wayne Art Center Plein Air 2019

December 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019
Online Entries Accepted        

Friday, March 8, 2019
Notification of Accept/Decline  

Monday, May 13, 2019
8 am   Arrival of artists for registration and canvas stamping
7 pm   Welcome Dinner                            

Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 18, 2019
Plein Air Festival - Artists paint within 25 miles of Wayne

Friday, May 17, 2019
Paint Out–Artists paint at a specific location (TBD)

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Artists paint in the town of Wayne until Noon.

6 to 10 pm
Plein Air Festival Gala Preview Party – Awards Presented
Sunday, May 19 – Saturday, June 29, 2019

Juror’s Demo and Talk with Joe Paquet
Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Joe Paquet Three-Day Plein Air Workshop
Register at www.wayneart.org

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