Charles Cushing, the winner of last year’s Plein Air art competition in Chestnut Hill, is seen here painting in Rittenhouse Square.

Charles Cushing, the winner of last year’s Plein Air art competition in Chestnut Hill, is seen here painting in Rittenhouse Square.

by Kevin Dicciani

On Sunday, June 5, nearly 50 fine artists will line the sidewalks of Germantown Avenue to paint for Chestnut Hill’s second annual Plein Air art competition.

The free event, presented by the Chestnut Hill Business District and sponsored by Valley Green Bank, invites both the young and the old to experience the creative process firsthand by watching artists paint the neighborhood in the open air. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to view the pieces of artwork as they’re being painted and meet the artists behind the brush, all while taking a stroll along the Avenue.

Artists will compete with one another for cash prizes and a free booth space at Chestnut Hill’s Fall for the Arts Festival in October. Each painting will be judged by William R. Valerio, director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum. Hildy Tow, Woodmere’s curator of education, will serve as the judge in the Junior Artists category.

Valerio said the event captures the essence of Woodmere and Chestnut Hill.

“Plein Air provides an art experience for the Philadelphia community that reflects Woodmere’s mission and Chestnut Hill’s creativity,” Valerio said. “Woodmere is elated to participate in this event and partner with Chestnut Hill.”

Other activities for the day include arts and crafts, face painting and live music. Additionally, from 12 to 3 p.m., Villavillekula, 8135 Germantown Ave., will host “Dads Rocks,” a pre-Father’s Day craft project for children. Sherwin Williams, 8400 Germantown Ave., will also host a kids paint chip craft project.

After the competition, at 3 p.m., attendees are invited to view all of the artwork at Chestnut Hill’s newest store, Artists and Craftsman, 7926 Germantown Ave., which hosts the awards reception.

Plein Air will be held on June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 12.

For more information about Plein Air, visit www.chestnuthillpa.com.

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