Plein Air Festival




WAYNE, PA – May 20, 2022 − Wayne Art Center enthusiastically celebrated the return of its annual plein air festival this spring. The 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicked off Monday, May 9 and continued through Saturday, May 14, 2022. One of the premier plein air events in the country, Wayne Art Center’s 14th Annual Plein Air Festival call for artists, attracted more than 100 entries from painters across the United States, with just 31 artists juried into the festival by year’s juror Kathryn Stats. Traveling to numerous locations within 35 miles of Wayne during the second week of May, artists painted “en plein air” (in the open air/outside) to create work, which is now all on exhibit and for sale to the public. Work from the 2022 Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival will remain on display from May 15 through June 25, 2022.

This year, juror Kathryn Stats came to Wayne from southern Utah. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of America. An award winning artist, she received a Gold Medal in the 2021 Oil Painters of America’s Annual Salon Show. Her paintings have been shown in galleries nationally and internationally and her instructional videos and in-person workshops reach students around the globe. Ms. Stats selected $20,000 in cash awards and presented those awards at the 14th Annual Plein Air Collector’s Preview Party on May 14. While in Wayne, she offered a juror’s demonstration on May 15 and conducted a three-day workshop from May 16 through May 18.

Festival activities began the morning of Monday, May 9 at Willowbrook Farm in Malvern as artists registered and had their canvases “stamped,” to identify each painting produced during the festival. Artists were invited to spend the day at Willowbrook Farm to paint on location among the fields, pathways, courtyard, stone barn, horse stables, spring house, pond and gardens there in Malvern. Throughout the week, artists visited iconic and breathtaking locations in Delaware, Philadelphia, Chester and Montgomery Counties where they captured the natural beauty and character found in and around Wayne, Pennsylvania in their paintings.

About this year’s festival and exhibition, Wayne Art Center’s Executive Director Nancy Campbell shares: “We were pleased to welcome 31 nationally acclaimed plein air artists to Wayne to compete in Wayne Art Center’s 14th Annual Plein Air Festival. It is truly astonishing that 280 paintings were created in just 5½ days as artists captured the essence of our area’s beauty. On Friday, May 13th, painters ventured out to paint the “local treasures” our community is known for. Ardrossan, Chanticleer, Valley Forge Park, and The Willows Preserve are just a few select locations.

Through the generosity of our many friends, volunteers, patrons and business sponsors, the Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival has evolved into one of our community’s most highly anticipated events. Funds raised ensure that Wayne Art Center continues to provide a diverse range of exhibition and arts educational opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities.”

Wayne Plein Air has become an exciting, annual tradition in Wayne. Community support of this event comes in many forms. From serving as an artist’s host to hands-on help with the exhbition itself, Wayne’s Plein Air Festival is an engagement with community in every way. Many residents opened their homes to the visiting painters who took up temporary residence in the area. Regarding hosting an artist during the festival, Plein Air Festival Chair Deb Craley claims “To be a part of the global Plein Air art movement and to support one of the top US festival venues at the Wayne Art Center has been a most gratifying expereince. Hosting an accomplished artist who has survived a vigorous selection process not only deepens one’s involvemnet in the event, but also provides insights into the lives and passion these artists have for their work.”

The festival and its artists are supported by the efforts of the art center’s Plein Air Festival committee in invaluable ways during festival week as well as during the opening event. Donations from local businesses and individual sponsors make Wayne Plein Air possible. Support from generous sponsors not only allows Wayne Art Center to host the festival but contributes to the organization’s outreach, educational and exhibition programs year round. PNC Private Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival & Exhibition.

Local artists participated too! In this year’s Plein Air Community Paint Out, 27 artists who are 18 and older and of all skill levels created paintings in and around Wayne from May 9-12 and then delivered those paintings for inclusion in the Plein Air exhibition. Young artists will also paint en plein air at Wayne Art Center on June 4 in this year’s plein air pizza box event.

The festival week concluded with a Collectors’ Preview Party & Sale on May 14th where guests had the opportunity to meet the artists in a festive and elegant setting and purchase artwork before the exhibition opened to the general public. All work created by the 2022 Plein Air Artists as well as paintings by this year’s Community Paint Out artists are currently on view and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to the Wayne Art Center Galleries through June 25. A $5 donation for guests is suggested for visitors.

2022 Wayne Plein Air Artists

Best in Show Poetry in Bloom by Cynthia Rosen of Vermont
1st Place Morning in Manayunk by Tim Kelly of Maryland
2nd Place Tennis Court Garden by Edmond Praybe of Maryland
3rd Place Dessert First by Valerie Craig of Pennsylvania
Wayne Art Center Award Farm by Charlie Hunter of Vermont
Plein Air Magazine Half-Page Award Pasture by Henry Coe of Maryland
Plein Air Magazine Quarter-Page Award Glen Mills Station by Neal Hughes of New Jersey
Best Local Treasure Award Ardrossan Farm by Mick McAndrews of Pennsylvania
Best Nocturne Award Evening by David Lussier of New Hampshire
Best Depiction of Light Award Willowbrook Backlight by Christopher Leeper of Ohio
Best Street Scene Award L.K. Burket & Bro. by Troy Tatlock of Wisconsin
Best Water Feature Award Little Trickle by Charles Newman of New Jersey
Best Architecture Award Cold Day at Train Station by Quiang Huang of Texas
Method Lights Award Cellar Door by Marc Anderson of Wisconsin
Vasari Award Barnlight by Beth Bathe of Pennsylvania
JFM Enterprises Frames Award Sunrise Song by Barbara Berry of Pennsylvania
SourceTek Award Brandywine Landscape by Brain Keeler of New York
Winsor Newton Award Down Under by Ken Karlic of Maryland
Golden Artists Colors Award Bucket of Truth by Randall Graham of Pennsylvania
Gamblin Award Shed Willowbrook Farm by Thomas Buchs of Wisconsin
Rosemary & Co. Award Knox Headquarters by Eileen Eder of Connecticut
Jullian Easle Award Sweet Comfort by Kathie Odom of Tennessee
Raymar Award Willowbrook by Alison Menke of Puerto Rico
Blick Award 1 Lukens Steel by Fred Jackson of Pennsylvania
Blick Award 2 Lawn Chairs in a Tub by Allen Kriegshauser of Missouri
Blick Award 3 Meet Me at the Coop by Elise Phillips of Pennsylvania
Blick Award 4 Cheesesteak & Swiss by Antwan Ramar of Florida
Merion Art & Repro Award Valley Creek Bridge by J. Stacy Rogers of Delaware
Ampersand Award Giants of the Forest by Palden Hamilton of Maryland
Panel Pak Award Latchford Hall by John Slivjak of Pennsylvania
Jack Richeson & Co. Award Flood Damage by Sam Wyatt of Vermont

About Wayne Art Center:

Wayne Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the community through the arts. Since its founding in 1931, Wayne Art Center has established itself as a vital cultural resource, welcoming artists from all over the world who share their passion and commitment to the visual arts. With a wide range of youth and adult classes and workshops, artist demonstrations and lectures, local, national and international exhibitions, and special events, Wayne Art Center remains steadfast in its mission to afford artists and the broader community an interdisciplinary venue to explore, share and learn, while fostering a sense of community for arts education and appreciation.

Wayne Art Center is located at 413 Maplewood Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10-4.  A contribution of $5 to view the 14th Annual Plein Air Exhibition is suggested.

Wayne Art Center 14th Annual Plein Air Festival Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 4; 1-2:30 pm
*Pizza Box Plein Air: Children ages 6-11 gather in Wayne Art Center gardens to learn about the plein air method and create their paintings, using pizza boxes as easels.

Tuesday, June 7; 6-8:30 pm
*French Provincial Dinner: Register online at to attend a French culinary workshop with Chef Patrick Gauthron and explore Seafood Bouillabaisse-Pear, Endive and Walnut Salad and Chocolate Fondant and Gelato.

Thursday, June 9; 5-7 pm
*Art Night Out: Join WAC for a Happy Hour among the Plein Air galleries.

Plein Air 2022 Artist Demos:

Wednesday, May 25; 5-7 pm
*Demo with Mick McAndrews 

Wednesday, June 1; 5-7 pm
*Demo with Valerie Craig

Wednesday, June 8; 5-7 pm
*Demo with Elise Phillips

Wednesday, June 15; 5-7 pm
*Demo with Randall Graham

May 15- June 25
*The Plein Air Exhibition remains on view.

At Wayne Art Center, Student Artists Chisel Away At Their Artistic Skills
By Vittoria WoodillMay 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm

WAYNE, Pa (CBS) – Many families live, work and learn here along the Main Line. CBS3’s Vittoria Woodill had the chance to visit one of the places where people are able to learn not only about art but about themselves.

Joy by definition is the feeling of great pleasure. As you wander around the sun filled classrooms of the Wayne Art Center, you can tell by the focus of the student artists that working on their artistic skills isn’t exactly work at all.
“So many people find so much pleasure and satisfaction in being a part of this community,” Wayne Art Center executive director Nancy Campbell said.

It’s a community filled with passion to bring light to as many art mediums as possible.

No matter your age or skill level, the people at the Wayne Art Center make you aware of your inner artist.



Kitty McQuaid, Marketing and Communications Manager

Patti Hallowell, Exhibitions Coordinator
610-688-3553 x. 211


WAYNE, PA – April 15, 2019, − The 13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicks off Saturday, May 13 and continues through Sunday, May 18, 2019. One of the premier plein air events in the country, Wayne Art Center’s 2019 Plein Air Festival call for artists, attracted more than 100 entries from painters as far away as California, with only 32 individuals juried into the festival by year’s juror Joe Paquet. Traveling to numerous locations within 25 miles of Wayne over five days, artists swiftly paint “en plein air” (outdoor painting) to create a trove of work, which is then placed on display and for sale to the public. Work from the 2019 Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival is on display May 20 through June 29, 2019.

“The vast, picturesque landscape and vibrant community I’ve previously experienced during Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival offer an extraordinary opportunity for plein air painters,” says Joe. “The talent of those who apply to the event consistently is among the most impressive I’ve encountered. It was a challenging process for sure, but those selected are truly exceptional.” Mr. Paquet comes to Wayne from St. Paul, Minnesota, is an emeritus member of The Plein Air Painters of America, and is a highly acclaimed plein air artist himself.

Festival activities begin Monday, May 13 as artists arrive at Wayne Art Center to register and have their canvases “stamped,” identifying the paintings produced during the festival. Then, it’s off to outdoor locations ranging from the Naval Yard to Chanticleer Gardens to Valley Forge and anywhere in between. On Monday afternoon an artist can be found painting Boathouse Row then Tuesday that same artist might work along the Willistown countryside. “There is just so much to paint in this region!” explains Tim Kelly, 2018 Wayne Plein Air “Best In Show” winner, who was invited to participate again this year. “I enjoy painting architecture and cityscapes, while my counterparts visit area gardens to focus on flora, or venture out in search of landscapes and bodies of water. So not only do we artists enjoy an abundance of subject matter to choose from, the result is an enormous body of work that appeals to a diverse audience.”

Wayne Plein Air has become an exciting, highly-anticipated annual tradition in Wayne. Many residents open their homes to the visiting painters, who take up temporary residence in the area. In 2018, more than 100 local businesses and individual sponsors donated more than $120,000 in support of Wayne Plein Air, which not only allows Wayne Art Center to host the festival but contributes to the organization’s outreach, educational and exhibition programs year round.

For the 2019 Wayne Plein Air Festival, organizers set out to involve more members of the community than ever before. “One of our goals with this year’s festival is to educate even more of the community about the art of plein air painting and offer opportunities for artists of all ages to become part of the festivities,” explains Nancy Campbell, executive director of Wayne Art Center. “With the help of our dedicated and engaged Plein Air Planning Committee, we have scheduled more community-targeted events than ever before, including paint-outs for teens and children, led by our experienced faculty; artist workshops and demonstrations with highly-regarded artists; and exciting culinary events hosted by chefs from popular local restaurants. I have no doubt this will be one of our most successful plein air festivals yet!”

In years past, Wayne Plein Air Festival artists have produced more than 250 new paintings during the festival week. The festival concludes with a Collectors’ Soirée and Sale where guests have the opportunity to meet the artists in a festive and elegant setting and purchase artwork before the general public. The trove of work derived from the juried artists and community events is displayed at Wayne Art Center and remains for sale to the public May 20 through June 29. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

2019 Wayne Plein Air Artists

Marc Anderson, WI

Natalia Andreeva, FL

Beth Bathe, PA

Barbara Berry, PA

Lon Brauer, IL

Michele Byrne, PA

Valerie Craig, PA

Mary Ellen Goetz, PA

Palden Hamilton, MD

Qiang Huang, TX

Neal Hughes, NJ

Shelby Keefe, WI

Brian Keeler, NY

Tim Kelly, MD

Douglas Kingsbury, PA

Jim Laurino, CT


Patrick Lee, PA

Christopher Leeper, OH

Georganna Lenssen, PA

David Lussier, NH

Mick McAndrews, PA

Charles Newman, NJ

Abby Ober, MD

DK Palecek, WI

Elise Phillips, PA

Kari Ganounr, Ruiz, NY

Jason Sacran, AR

Mark Shasha, MA

George Van Hook, NY

Jill Stefani Wagner, MI

Stewart White, MD

Tara Will, MD


About Wayne Art Center:

Wayne Art Center has been enriching the cultural needs of the community since 1930. From its modest beginnings as the first art center on the Main Line, the Center has grown into a dynamic nonprofit organization, providing instruction in all phases of the visual and performing arts.

Nearly 500 classes and workshops are offered annually to more than 4,000 students of all ages and abilities. Wayne Art Center’s high caliber and committed faculty support the fine reputation the Center has achieved through the years. The galleries at Wayne Art Center attract more than 35,000 visitors a year for exhibitions, lectures, and special events.

2019 Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival Schedule of Events

*Events marked with an astrix are open to the public for registration and would be appropriate for your calendar listings as well as editorial coverage.

 Sundays, April 28 and May 5; 10 am–3 pm each day                  

*Teen Paint-Out: Artists ages 12-17 gather at designated locations to paint plein air under the guidance of a Wayne Art Center instructor. Teen art is collected and placed on display at Wayne Art Center during  Plein Air Exhibition (May 20-June 29).

  • The Willows Park (April 28)
  • David’s Episcopal Church (May 5)

 Monday, May 13; 7 am

Artist Registration: The 13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicks off as the 32 accepted artists arrive at Wayne Art Center to have their canvases stamped and officially become part of the festival during this high-energy event.

 Monday, May 13– Saturday; May 18                                

13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival: Artists paint within 25 miles of Wayne. Wayne Art Center will announce a social media promotion that encourages the community at large to look for Plein Air artists as they are painting in the area and “tag the artist” using their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Monday, May 13; 6–8 pm

Artist Welcome Dinner at Willowbrook Farm: Festival artists, sponsors, volunteers, and board members come together to celebrate the artists’ arrival and enjoy a casual but festive evening getting to know each other.

Wednesday, May 15; evening

Art Intake 1: Artists deliver their earliest festival paintings to Wayne Art Center and, exhibition installation begins.

Friday, May 17; evening

Art Intake 2: Artists bring their final festival paintings to Wayne Art Center, and exhibition installation concludes in time for Saturday’s Collectors’ Soiree and Sale.


“Thirty-two artists selected by juror John Cosby arrived in Wayne to paint the beautiful landscapes surrounding the Delaware Valley and to compete for over $18,000 in awards and prizes at the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival. The area is unique for its diversity of outdoor scenes ranging from the bucolic to the industrial.

In just five and a half days, artists created more than 300 landscape paintings of graceful rolling farmland, historic parks, the dynamic Philadelphia skyline, and Delaware River views featuring an impressive array of naval vessels…”

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“The 12th annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival, which took place May 6 to 12, featured 32 nationally distinguished artists who created 250- plus landscapes that were available at the Collectors’ Soirée and Sale on Saturday, May 12, and for the duration of the exhibition through June 30.

Many of the artists came from other regions stretching up and down the East Coast out to the Midwest and as far as the West. This year, with the growing awareness of Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival, there was an increase in the number of applicants. Out of town artists were housed by committee members and other patron families in the community for the duration of the festival.

Festival artists were directed to paint within 25 miles of Wayne during the first four days of the competition. A combination of pastoral scenes from nearby rural areas and parks as well as quaint scenes from historic Main Line neighborhoods made for a variety of works that reflect the character of the area.

John Cosby juried the artists and awards. He selected 32 artists from across the country to compete in Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival and selected awards for the freshly painted framed works.

The 2018 Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival will remain on display and open to the public until June 30. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Wayne Art Center at 610-688-3553 or go to or”