Plein Air Festival

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

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Monday, May 9; 9-11am
Artist Registration: The 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicks off as the 32 accepted artists arrive at Willowbrook Farm in Malvern (1750 North Valley Road Malvern, PA 19355) to have their canvases stamped and officially become part of the festival during this high-energy event.

Monday, May 9– Saturday; May 14
14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival: Artists paint within 35 miles of Wayne.

Monday, May 9- Thursday May 12
*Community Paint-Out: Community artists are invited to paint en plein air throughout Wayne. Works will be displayed during the exhibition (May 15-June 25).

Wednesday, May 11; 7-9pm
Art Intake 1: Artists deliver their earliest festival paintings to Wayne Art Center and exhibition installation begins.

Thursday, May 12; 5-7pm
*Qiang Huang Demonstration: Join us for this rare opportunity to see Qiang Huang Demonstrate his Plein Air Landscape. $10 admission, free for plein air artists.

Thursday, May 12; after 8pm
Nocturne painting: Artists are encouraged to paint at local locations during the evening.

Friday, May 13; all day
Local treasure: Artists are encouraged to paint at locations assigned as local treasures.

Friday, May 13; 6-8pm
Art Intake 2: Artists bring their festival paintings to Wayne Art Center.

Saturday, May 14; dawn-12pm
32 Plein Air Artists Paint Downtown Wayne: Artists create in Wayne in the morning and deliver their work to the art center where the final pieces will be installed in advance of the evening’s gala opening.

Saturday, May 14; 12-2pm
Final Art Intake 3: Artists bring their final festival paintings to Wayne Art Center, and exhibition installation concludes in time for Saturday’s Collectors’ Preview Party and Sale.

Saturday, May 14; 6–10 pm
*Collectors’ Preview Party & Sale: This ticketed event offers the first look and an early opportunity to purchase paintings from the festival week. Attendees may meet the artists and juror and attend the 2022 Plein Air award presentation. This celebratory gala will be complete with music and savory reception fare by Brandywine Catering.

Sunday, May 15; 1-3 pm
*Juror’s Demo with Kathryn Stats: Join WAC’s 2022 Plein Air Juror Kathryn Stats to explore technique in oil paints at Wayne Art Center.

Monday, May 16- Tuesday, May 17; 10am-4pm
*Still Life Painting Workshop with Qiang Huang: Register online at to attend this workshop that focuses on the importance of compostion and lighting in oil painting.

Monday, May 16- Wednesday, May 18; 10am-4pm
*Three-Day Plein Air Workshop with Kathryn Stats: Register online at to attend ”Working with Shapes and Patterns.” This oil painter’s workshop welcomes WAC members and non-members and is geared toward intermediate and advanced students.

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 to attend a culinary workshop with Chef Patrick Gauthron who will demostrate how to prepare a Seafood Bouillabaisse-Pear, which will be accompanied with salad and desert.

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

Thursday, May 12, 5-7 pm with Qiang Huang

Wednesday, May 25, 5-7 pm with Mick McAndrews

Wednesday, June 1, 5-7 pm with Valerie Craig

Wednesday, June 8, 5-7 pm with Elise Phillips

Wednesday, June 15, 5-7 pm with Randall Graham