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First Annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival

The First Annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival

                                  June 6 - 11, 2016              

Up to 50 competing artists will paint throughout Bucks County, Pennsylvania the week of June 6, 2016. The juried show will culminate in an awards presentation and gala on June 10 at Bucks County Community College's annual Tyler Tasting Party, and a Quick Draw demonstration and competition during a public festival on June 11. The organizing committee is excited to welcome some of the country's most accomplished artists to vibrant and historic Bucks County.

Are you a plein air painter and would like to submit your work? Information about the event and the call for artist information and prospectus can be found at 


Join in for a week of plein air painting in verdant and historic Bucks County, located in the Philadelphia countryside. Paint the rolling landscapes, lakes and rivers, covered bridges, stone farm houses, and historic estates that have inspired artists for more than a century. Jointly hosted by Bucks County Community College, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and Alan Fetterman Fine Art, proceeds will support art scholarships and arts programing in Bucks County.

And for all art enthusiasts who are wondering "What does En Plein Air" mean?

En plain air or "plain air painting" is a borrowed term from the french words "in the open air", describing the act of painting outdoors. 

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel.