WAYNE – Wayne Art Center enthusiastically celebrated the return of its annual outdoor festival this spring. The 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Outdoor Festival kicked off Monday, May 9 and will run through Saturday, May 14, 2022. One of the nation’s premier outdoor events, the 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Outdoor Festival Center, attracted more artists. more than 100 entries from painters across the United States, with only 31 artists selected for the festival by juror of the year, Kathryn Stats. Traveling to numerous locations within 35 miles of Wayne during the second week of May, the artists painted ‘en plein air’ (open air/outdoors) to create works, all of which are now on display and for sale to the public. Works from the Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2022 will remain on display from May 15 to June 25, 2022.
This year, juror Kathryn Stats came to Wayne from southern Utah. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of America. An award-winning artist, she received a gold medal at the 2021 Oil Painters of America Annual Show. His paintings have been exhibited in national and international galleries and his instructional videos and in-person workshops reach students around the world. Ms. Stats selected $20,000 in cash prizes and presented those prizes at the 14th Annual Plein Air Collectors Preview Night on May 14. While in Wayne, she gave a judging demonstration May 15 and led a three-day workshop May 16-18. .
Festival activities began on the morning of Monday 9th May at Willowbrook Farm in Malvern as artists registered and had their canvases stamped to identify each painting produced during the festival. Artists were invited to spend the day at Willowbrook Farm to paint on location amongst fields, paths, courtyard, stone barn, stables, spring, pond and Malvern Gardens. Throughout the week, artists visited iconic and breathtaking locations in Delaware, Philadelphia, Chester and Montgomery counties, where they captured the natural beauty and character found in and around Wayne, Pennsylvania. , in their paintings.
Commenting on this year’s festival and exhibit, Wayne Art Center Executive Director Nancy Campbell shares, “We were thrilled to welcome 31 nationally acclaimed outdoor artists to Wayne to participate in the 14th annual festival. outdoors at the Wayne Art Center. It is truly amazing that 280 paintings were created in just 5 and a half days as the artists captured the essence of the beauty of our region. On Friday, May 13, painters ventured out to paint the “local treasures” our community is known for. Ardrossan, Chanticleer, Valley Forge Park and The Willows Preserve are just a few select locations.
Thanks to the generosity of our many friends, volunteers, patrons and corporate sponsors, the Outdoor Festival at the Wayne Art Center has become one of our community’s most anticipated events. Funds raised ensure that the Wayne Art Center continues to provide a diverse range of exhibitions and art education opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Wayne Plein Air has become an exciting annual tradition in Wayne. Community support for this event takes many forms. From hosting an artist to actually helping with the exhibit itself, Wayne’s Plein Air Festival is a commitment to the community in every way. Many residents have opened their homes to visiting painters who have taken up temporary residence in the area. Regarding hosting an artist during the festival, Plein Air Festival President Deb Craley says, “Being part of the global Plein Air art movement and supporting one of America’s premier festival venues at the Wayne Art Center has been a most rewarding experience. Welcoming an accomplished artist who has survived a vigorous selection process not only deepens their involvement with the event, but also provides insight into the lives and passion of these artists for their work.
The festival and its artists are supported by the efforts of the Festival Plein Air committee of the art center in an invaluable way during the week of the festival as well as during the opening event. Donations from local businesses and individual sponsors make Wayne Plein Air possible. The support of generous sponsors not only enables the Wayne Art Center to host the festival, but contributes to the organization’s outreach, education and exhibition programs throughout the year. PNC Private Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival and Exhibition.
The week of the festival ended with a preview and collectors sale on May 14 where guests had the opportunity to meet the artists in a festive and elegant setting and to buy works of art before the opening of the exhibition to the general public. All of the artwork created by Plein Air 2022 artists as well as this year’s Community Paint Out artist paintings are currently on display and open to the public. Visitors are welcome at the Wayne Art Center galleries until June 25. A donation of $5 for guests is suggested to visitors.
Wayne Plein Air artists 2022 with their awards
Best in Show Poetry in Bloom by Cynthia Rosen from Vermont 1st place Morning in Manayunk by Tim Kelly from Maryland
2nd place Tennis Court Garden by Edmond Praybe from Maryland 3rd place Dessert First by Valerie Craig from Pennsylvania Wayne Art Center Award Farm by Charlie Hunter from Vermont
Plein Air Magazine Half-Page Pasture Award by Maryland’s Henry Coe
Plein Air Magazine Quarter Page Award Glen Mills Station by Neal Hughes of New Jersey Best Local Treasure Award Ardrossan Farm by Mick McAndrews of Pennsylvania
Best Night of Nocturne Awards by David Lussier of New Hampshire
Award for Best Light Performance Willowbrook Backlight by Christopher Leeper of Ohio Award for Best Street Scene LK Burket & Bro. by Troy Tatlock of Wisconsin
Best Water Feature Award Little Trickle by Charles Newman of New Jersey Best Architecture Award Cold Day at Train Station by Quiang Huang of Texas Method Lights Award Cellar Door by Marc Anderson of Wisconsin
Vasari Award Barnlight by Beth Bathe of Pennsylvania
JFM Enterprises Frames Award Sunrise Song by Barbara Berry of Pennsylvania SourceTek Award Brandywine Landscape by Brain Keeler of New York Winsor Newton Award Down Under by Ken Karlic of Maryland
Golden Artists Colors Award Bucket of Truth by Randall Graham of Pennsylvania Gamblin Award Shed Willowbrook Farm by Thomas Buchs of Wisconsin Rosemary & Co. Award Knox Headquarters by Eileen Eder of Connecticut Jullian Easle Award Sweet Comfort by Kathie Odom of Tennessee
Raymar Willowbrook Award by Alison Menke of Puerto Rico Blick 1 Lukens Steel Award by Fred Jackson of Pennsylvania
Blick Award 2 Lawn Chairs in a Tub by Allen Kriegshauser from Missouri Blick Award 3 Meet Me at the Coop by Elise Phillips from Pennsylvania Blick Award 4 Cheesesteak & Swiss by Antwan Ramar from Florida
Merion Art & Repro Award Valley Creek Bridge by J. Stacy Rogers of Delaware Ampersand Award Giants of the Forest by Palden Hamilton of Maryland
Panel Pak Award Latchford Hall by John Slivjak from Pennsylvania
Jack Richeson & Co. Flood Damage Award by Sam Wyatt of Vermont
Wayne Art Center 14th Annual Plein Air Festival Calendar of Upcoming Events
Saturday June 4; 1-2:30 p.m.
Pizza Box Plein Air: Children ages 6-11 gather in the gardens of the Wayne Art Center to experience the plein air method and create their paintings, using pizza boxes as easels.
Tuesday, June 7; 6-8:30 p.m.
French Provincial Dinner: Register online at wayneart.org to attend a French culinary workshop with chef Patrick Gauthron and discover the seafood-pear bouillabaisse, endive and walnut salad and chocolate fondant and gelato.
Thursday, June 9; 5-7 p.m.
Art Night Out: Join WAC for a Happy Hour among the Plein Air galleries.
Plein Air 2022 artist demos: Wednesday, May 25; 5-7 p.m. Demo with Mick McAndrews Wednesday, June 1; 5 to 7 p.m. Demo with Valerie Craig Wednesday, June 8; 5 to 7 p.m. Demo with Elise Phillips Wednesday, June 15; 5-7pm Demo with Randall Graham
From May 15 to June 25 The Plein Air exhibition remains visible.
Wayne Art Center is located at 413 Maplewood Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. A $5 contribution to view the 14th annual outdoor exhibit is suggested. Wayne Art Center 413 Maplewood Avenue Wayne, PA 19087 610-688-3553 www.wayneart.org