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13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival


May 13, 2019 to Jun 29, 2019


The 13th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival kicks off Monday, May 13, with the arrival of 32 juried, nationally recognized and emerging artists who come to Wayne, Pennsylvania to capture the cool atmosphere and lush greens of spring in the Delaware Valley. Traveling from location to location over the course of five days, artists swiftly paint “en plein air” (French for open air), creating a trove of work unimaginable to most. As one of the premier plein air events in the country, Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival offers artists the unique opportunity to showcase work created during the festival in spacious, light-filled galleries during an exhibition that hangs until the end of June. 

This year’s juror, Joe Paquet, comes to Wayne Art Center from Minneapolis, MN. Paquet is an Emeritus Member of The Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The California Art Club.

Opening Night, Collectors’ Soiree & Sale
Saturday, May 18, 6pm - 9pm, Wayne Art Center

Fresh off the easel, more than 250 works adorn Wayne Art Center gallery walls opening night, as patrons enjoy an evening of fine art, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and live music. Guests experience the artists’ individual interpretations of life and landscapes that make up our vibrant community.

NEW THIS YEAR! Children’s and Teen’s Introduction to the Plein Air Method

This year’s Wayne Plein Air festival will include 2 instructional opportunities for younger students.

Teen Paint Out (ages 12 - 18)
April 28 and May 5, 10am - 3pm

Two instructional workshops that will take place at the Willows Park and St. David’s Episcopal Church grounds. An instructor will introduce basic techniques to quickly organize and execute a fresh painting on location. All equipment and supplies provided.

Children’s Pizza Box Plein Air (ages 6 - 11)
June 1, 11am - 12pm

Students can register for a session of painting in the Wayne Art Center children’s garden followed by a pizza lunch.

Resulting paintings will be judged for awards and displayed at Wayne Art Center. Registration required. Please go to to sign up.

Visit for more information on the festival's events and featured artists. 




View map Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA

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