Somewhat appropriately, the painters at the Bath County Plein Air Festival got a little wet during the six-day event thanks to some rain, and one of the top winners was named Bathe.
The event gave out Judge’s Choice awards in Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories. Neal Hughes won Gold for his “Chicken Run,” Andras Bality took Silver with “Oreo,” and Lauren Andreach won Bronze with “Brambles and Cows.”

“Chimney Run Creek,” by Mark Kelvin Horton, oil on birch panel, 9 x 12 in.
Best in Show and the Gordon F. Ferguson Memorial Award winner

Best in Show, Peer Review was won by Mark Kelvin Horton for “Chimney Run Creek.” That painting also won the Gordon F. Ferguson Memorial Award.

Suzanne Morris’s intense gaze is the quintessential look of a plein air painter. Photo by Frederick Eberhart

“Here Comes the Sun,” by Beth Bathe, oil on panel, 12 x 12 in. Winner of the Donald S. Lewis Award

Beth Bathe won the Donald S. Lewis Award for “Here Comes the Sun.” The People’s Choice award went to Andras Bality for “Bath County Courthouse.”

Quick Paint judge and PleinAir magazine editor Steve Doherty, left, and Andre Lucero,
First Place winner in the Quick Paint event

Beth Bathe. Photo by Kirk Larsen

Al Gury, chair of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, served as judge.

Paintings from the event on display at the Garth Newell Music Center during the Farm to Table Extravaganza.
Photo by Kirk Larsen

There was also a Quick Paint competition, with PleinAir magazine editor Steve Doherty serving as judge. First Place went to Andre Lucero for “The Charm of the Mountains.” Second Place was won by Daniel Robbins for “Up the Hill,” while Crista Pisano earned Third with “Old Dairy View.” Deliece Blanchard and Joseph Burrough earned Honorable Mention.


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