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Bucks Plein Air Festival continues with awards ceremony, show



Bucks County Community College has once again joined award-wining artist Alan Fetterman and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce to host the third annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival.

Bucks County Community College has once again joined award-wining artist Alan Fetterman and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce to host the third annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival.

Sponsored by Penn Color, the festival, which continues through June 9, features 30 artists who have been selected competitively by two jurors to create art “en plein air,” or “in open air,” throughout picturesque Bucks County.

At stake is up to $15,000 in prizes. After several days of outdoor painting June 5, 6 and 7, the festival culminates in an awards ceremony and exhibition Friday, June 8, at Bucks County Community College’s Tyler Tasting Party.

The ceremony will be hosted by Alasdair Nichol, vice chairman of Freeman’s Auction House and a regular art appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS.

That will be followed by a free community day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the college, with quick-draw demonstrations and contests, live music and an art exhibit and sale.

New this year is a public quick draw for hobbyists and art enthusiasts who wish to experience the festival atmosphere and compete for prize money. The contest, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County, will be immediately after the juried quick draw, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

To register, visit buckscountypleinair.org.

Fetterman, who serves as one of two jurors of the festival, proposed the festival to celebrate the rich history of artistic expression in Bucks County. Featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions, he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Bucks County Community College.

The other juror is Gay Faulkenberry whose work has been featured in leading art publications as well as in corporate, private, and museum collections across the country. She is a Master member of American Women Artists.

Proceeds from the Bucks County Plein Air Festival will sustain future festivals, along with benefiting the college’s arts programs, and the Central Bucks Chamber’s signature program, Bucks Fever, which supports the arts through business.

Bucks County Community College is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, where there is ample free parking.

For information, visit buckscountypleinair.org.




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