If you’ve been in Camp Hill this week, you may have noticed something unique happening. Spotted around town, you’ll see open-door galleries, white tents selling t-shirts… and a plethora of people stationed by easels, painting. It’s all part of the second annual Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival! This six day event is an effort to promote the arts and cultural activity in Camp Hill and the surrounding communities.
Running from this past Tuesday through Sunday June 10th, Plein Air showcases some of our region’s best artists. All week they have been painting “en plein air” (in the open air) in a juried competition. The artists have been painting vistas and views of our communities here on the west shore and will be selling their created works in two galleries located on Market Street, Gallery 2318, and the Cordier Gallery at 2151 Market Street.
This coming weekend is packed with wonderful opportunities to still experience the Plein Air Festival:
–Friday 6/8, 5pm : Collector’s Preview Party and competition awards ceremony, providing an opportunity to meet the artists and have a first glance at the competition pieces before opening up to the public starting Saturday morning.
–Saturday 6/9 10am: Quick Draw Competition for both adults and children! In this exciting event, participants will be painting in specifically defined boundaries within the Borough. For adult artists, judging and awards will begin at 12:30pm. Children ages 5 to 12 will receive awards for their participation in the event.
–Hudson River School Exhibition at Gallery 2318: This exquisite exhibition is on display through 4pm on Sunday, June 10, and it’s a great opportunity to view these plein air works created by artists during the mid-1800′s. Compliments of the Questroyal Fine Art Gallery located in Manhattan, New York.
–Various workshops to be held throughout the event to include impressionist landscape painting, glassblowing, and pottery. -Various musical events to include Steve Rudolph, John Catalano, Jerry Haines, and the Willow Park Union Band.
Cornerstone gallery – Banner Art winners! Local high school and middle school art students from six schools participated in a competition for the creation of this year’s Plein Air student banners. They hang along Market Street and the 25 selected artists’ creations will be on display at Cornerstone through the end of June. The township winners this year are Rebekah Miller from Camp Hill High school, and Tram-Anh Bui from Central Dauphin EastHigh School. Their pieces are also featured on the back of this year’s t-shirts!
There’s plenty more happening, so stop on by at Cornerstone, your Plein Air headquarters, for more information, and check out Plein Air’s website for a complete detailed schedule and to learn more about our featured artists.
We hope you come out to enjoy this unique and wonderful event!