All the plein air participants (except Richard Sneary)

32 national artists captured the majestic beauty of the Delaware Valley during the Wayne Art Center’s 2017 Plein Air Festival between May 8-13. We have a recap for you here that includes the talented winners.

Don Demers had the tough task of juror at the 11th annual national juried plein air festival hosted at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania this spring. Over 150 artists applied, with 22 taking home prizes and awards. Nearly 300 paintings were created between May 8 and 13, and many of those found new homes during the collectors’ soirée en route to record-breaking sales.

Karen Louise Fay, director of exhibitions and events, with Don Demers, juror for Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival and Nancy Campbell, executive director of the Wayne Art Center

To honor past award winners, the Wayne Art Center invited 10 previous winners to paint alongside the juried artists during the festival. The nationally acclaimed invitational artists were D. Eleinne Basa, Michele Byrne, Valeria Craig, Chris Dixon, Neal Hughes, Charlie Hunter, Tim Kelly, Kathie Odom, Elise Phillips, and Stewart White.

Patrick Lee, Best in Show winner, and Nancy Campbell of the Wayne Art Center

Patrick Lee took home top honors with Best of Show for his painting titled “Cruisers.” First place was awarded to “Castle Roxx” by Neal Hughes, while second place was won by Christopher Leeper for “Tow Path Nocturne.” Tara Will rounded out the top awards with third place for her painting “Morning Path.” PleinAir sponsors an award, which was taken home by Jane McGraw-Teubner for her work “Alongside Bartram’s.”

Don Demers does a plein air demo in the Davenport Gallery, Wayne Art Center.

Paul Bachem’s “Chanticleer” earned Best Depiction of Light; Joshua Been grabbed Best Street Scene for “Italian Market”; Charlie Hunter had the Best Architecture for his “Strafford Station”; Tim Kelly was honored with Best Water Feature for “Fairmount Dam”; and Elise Phillips had the Best Nocturne with “Rise of the Flower Moon.”

All of these works and more are on view at the Wayne Art Center through June 24. To learn more, visit the Wayne Art Center.

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