Ron Donoughe served as juror at the 4th Annual Plein Air Camp Hill Competition and Arts Festival, which ran May 16-18 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. He awarded First Place to Jill Peckelun, who also won Artists’ Choice, both for her oil painting “The Susquehanna.” 

“My attitude when painting that piece was twofold: simply to have fun painting a scene I was excited to see, and to either ‘go big or go home’ in its execution — hence the 12″-x-24″ size and the large brushstrokes,” says Peckelun. “I had a blast. There were some worrying moments when I was afraid I would lose it, but in the end I was pretty happy. I was more than pretty happy when it won the Artists’ Choice Award as well as First Place.”

Jane Albin won the Quick Draw competition and the PleinAir Magazine Award. Photo by James Bricker

Julie Riker’s piece “Underneath It All” won Second Place and the People’s Choice Award. Third Place went to Patricia Walach Keough for “Spring on High Street.” Jason Tako had a piece of the People’s Choice Award as well, plus an Honorable Mention for his painting “The Basement Door.” Elissa Gore also snagged an Honorable Mention. The PleinAir Magazine Award of Excellence went to Jane Albin for her painting “Selfie for the Road,” and Albin’s piece was also the Quick Draw winner. Second Place in the Quick Draw was won by Beth Bathe, and Third Place went to William Lewis. 

Albin with her winning piece, “Selfie for the Road.” Photo by James Bricker

Youth award winners included Anna Schrader, Lauren Pinson, Mya Markley, and Anna Ruth Kadar-Kallen.

“Underneath It All,” by Julie Riker. Second Place and People’s Choice Award

Artists setting up for the Quick Draw awards presentation

“Art judge Ron Donoughe of Pittsburgh and photography judge Terry Wild of Williamsport both admitted their jobs were especially tough because of the extremely high quality of work submitted by the 72 artists and photographers from five states juried into the competition,” reports Cheryl Slavinsky, a spokesperson for the event. “Artists sold work so fast on the street that some didn’t even get a photo of it before it was whisked away by the buyers.”


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