Randall Graham, “Yellow Springs Road,” 2017, oil (Second Place)

For nearly the entire month of June, 10 local artists converged on Malvern, Pennsylvania, where they set up their easels and paints to capture Chester County’s historic venues and classic landscapes. You can still catch a glimpse. When and where?

Gallery222 Malvern in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is currently exhibiting a number of plein air paintings completed by 10 talented painters over a two-day competition in early June. Malvern resident and owner of Gallery222 Malvern Andrea Strang was thrilled to bring this competition to Malvern and excited about the fantastic lineup of participating artists.

Artists group shot

“We are honored to have some of the most talented artists in our area taking part in Gallery222’s 1st Annual Plein Air Malvern, and I can’t wait to see what beautiful area of Malvern they choose to paint,” says Strang. “I look forward to this becoming a Malvern tradition.”

Third Place winner Denise Sedor
Second Place winner Randall Graham

The artists participating include Randall Graham, Monique Sarkessian, Elise Phillips, Kristi Gilfillan, Robert Bohne, Fred Danziger, Jeremy McGirl, Barbara Berry, Denise Sedor, and Nate Durnin. The plein air works are on display at Gallery222 through July 15.

Guests and artists group shot

During the June 29 reception, several artists were announced as winners. Elise Phillips took home First Place honors for her work “Knots and Weaves” while Randall Graham’s “Yellow Springs Road” earned the artist Second Place. Third Place was awarded to Denise Sedor for her painting “House on Historical Sugartown.” Amazingly, there was a tie for People’s Choice in Malvern’s inaugural event, earned by Nathan Durnin’s “Purple House” and Kristi Gilfillan’s “Historical Sugartown.”

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Andrew Webster
Andrew, who worked for Streamline Publishing as an editor and more, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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