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Wayne Art Center 13th Annual Plein Air Festival & Exhibition

May 13 – May 19, 2019

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13th Annual Wayne Plein Air Festival
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.

Information to promote Collectors’ Soiree & Sale
Saturday, May 18 6-9pm Wayne Art Center
Fresh off the easel, more than 250 works adorn Wayne Art Center’s walls opening night, as patrons enjoy an evening of fine art, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and live music, while experiencing the artists’ individual interpretations of life and landscapes that make up our vibrant community.

Calendar of Events

13th Annual Plein Air Festival
Monday, May 13-Friday, May 19

Artist Welcome Dinner - Willowbrook Farm
Monday, May 13, 6-8 pm

Collectors’ Soiree & Sale
Saturday, May 18, 6-9pm

Juror’s Talk & Demonstration with Joe Paquet
Sunday, May 19, 3pm

Workshop with Juror Joe Paquet
Monday, May 20-Wednesday, May 22, 9am-4pm

Exhibition and Art Sale
Monday, May 20 - Saturday, June 29

Explore PMA Through “The Impressionist’s Eye”
This spring the Philadelphia Museum of Art compliments it’s already superb permanent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings with the arrival of The Impressionist’s Eye, a temporary exhibition that runs April 16-August 18.
Join Wayne Art Center on Wednesday, June 5 as we venture to PMA for a docent tour of The Impressionist’s Eye, a rare collection of sculpture, painting and works on paper from Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, and Vincent van Gogh. Together we will learn more about their enduring mark on the Impressionist movement and how this tight-knit group of artists, who are best known as oil painters, moved fluidly from one medium to another, supporting and inspiring one another. Following the tour, we will enjoy lunch at Stir, the museum’s new restaurant designed by Frank Gehry. 
For more information or to register, contact Emma Fogt at 610-688-3553 or

Volunteer Opportunities
As we work to make this year’s Wayne Plein Air Festival the most successful to date, we hope to engage more members of our local community than ever before. We welcome individual and organizational engagement through sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering for Plein Air, contact Mary McAndrews at 610-688-3553 x214 or

Sponsorship Opportunities
Last year, with support from our committed sponsors, Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival raised more than $100,000 which went directly toward supporting our mission to offer students, artists, and the broader community the valuable experience of arts education and appreciation. We hope for even greater success this year and welcome your commitment as a business sponsor.

If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities please contact Anne Schmitt, 610-688-3553 x215 or

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