by Emerson Max

Artists will line the streets of Germantown Avenue on Saturday, June 10, as Chestnut Hill hosts the 3rd Annual Plein Air Outdoor Art Competition.

The free event, sponsored by Univest Bank, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons will be able to witness artists creating unique works from scratch in real time, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Philadelphia’s Garden District. Event-goers can speak with the artists as they paint, and will have the rare opportunity to observe these artists in the process of painting an original work of art.

Martha Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District, said the business community is looking forward to what will be the 3rd staging of the event.

“As we are in the midst of celebrating our 20th anniversary as Philadelphia’s Garden District, we are thrilled to have the 3rd Annual Plein Air Outdoor Art Competition return,” she said.

Each artist’s work will be judged at the conclusion of the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants, and the first place finisher will also receive a free space to exhibit and potentially sell his or her work at the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The event will take place on Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex avenues, and  also will feature arts and crafts, face painting and live music. Chestnut Hill is a perfect location for the event, with its many art galleries, aspiring artists, breathtaking green landscapes, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Artists will be judged by Tu Hunyh, city hall exhibitions manager at the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. This year, junior artists under 18 years old will participate in the contest as well.

Artists are welcome to sell their portfolios as the competition goes on; their locations along Germantown Avenue will be determined by lottery. The rain date will be Sunday, June 11.

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Emerson Max is a Temple University student and an intern at the Local.