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Party goers survey paintings at the Gala Opening of the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival.

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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Michael Kotarba paints with the missus at Chanticleer

“Just as surely as winter will give way to the arrival of spring, the people in this area warmly embrace the yearly tradition of the May arrival of the plein air artists,” said David Lussier. “My friend and mentor, George Carpenter would always say that a painter has to go to his subject. It’s important to get away from your everyday subject matter, no matter where you live. New places, and the places we revisit, energize and revitalize the spirit.”

2018’s participating artists, selected from over 140 applicants, were Natalia Andreeva, Olena Babak, Joanna Barnum, Barbara Berry, Zufar Bikbov, Lon Brauer, Michele Byrne, Hui Lai Chong, Valerie Craig, Eileen Eder, Paul George, Neal Hughes, Tim Kelly, Michael Kotarba, Patrick Lee, Christopher Leeper, David Lussier, Chuck Marshall, Mick McAndrews, Kirk McBride, Kathie Odom, Elise Phillips, Julie Riker, Claudia Rilling, Kari Ganoung Ruiz, Jason Sacran, Richard Sneary, Barbara Tapp, Lena Thynell, Jill Stefani Wagner, Stewart White, Tara Will, and Peter Yesis.

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Best in Show: Tim Kelly, “Welcome to Manayunk,” oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
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First Place: Lon Brauer, “Ten-Ay-Em,” oil, 24 x 20 in.
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Second Place: Jason Sacran, “Fog, Rain and a Little Sun,” oil on linen, 20 x 24 in.
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Third Place: David Lussier, “11 FT 3 IN,” oil, 10 x 20 in.

See all paintings at: www.waynepleinair.org


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