A group of artists were in Newtown Thursday painting the idyllic community as part of the Bucks County Plein Air Festival.
Fifty artists from the United States and Canada set up throughout the Bristol and Newtown communities Thursday to take part in the festival – “en plein air,” or “in open air” – that puts talented painters outside to create stunning works. The art completed throughout the county this week will be judged and artists are vying for up to $15,000 in prizes.
A group of painters set up at the corner of South State Street and Centre Avenue. They took in the serene setting and put their brushes to their canvases.
According to organizers, artists were in the Perkasie area Monday and the river towns and New Hope Wednesday.
Award-winning artist Alan Fetterman and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce are putting on the Bucks County Plein Air Festival. Bucks County Community College is also supporting the festival.
“Bucks County is nothing shy of amazing,” Fetterman said. “With more than 50 years of calling Bucks County my home, building this wonderful festival with the partnerships of the college and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce is an honor.”
Prizes will be awarded Friday during an exhibition Friday at Bucks County Community College’s annual Tyler Tasting Party.
Free community days will be held at the community college’s Newtown campus Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The events will feature artworks, live music and quick draw demonstrations and an art sale.
Proceeds from the Bucks County Plein Air Festival will sustain future festivals, other arts projects in the county and the community college’s arts program.