Plein Air Schedule

Barns!  Trees!  Rocks!  Ponds and streams!  
Maybe some cows in the background!
Or big soft puffy clouds overhead!  
All the things that turn pastel painters on!

 Our Plein Air Committee has put this 2021 summer plein air schedule together, always mindful, of course, of sites that allow for social distancing and appropriate precautions for us to be safe and healthy.
It’s an active Plein Air Calendar for 2021. Please join us.

Wednesday, April 26th. Ridley Creek State Park

Wednesday, May 13th.  Mike Kerr’s Farm,  Coatesville. 9:30.  Mike lives on a 90 plus acre farm with a stone house begun in the 1770s, a bright red barn, a waterfall feature in the backyard, a springhouse and pond, and vistas of the newly planted fields.  There’s plenty of room to paint more than 6 feet away from others and ample parking.  Bathroom available (with mask and gloves). For more information contact Pat Riley at  Rain date: June 18

Thursday, May 27.  Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA 9:30 am. Tyler Arboretum offers seasonally changing gardens, stands of towering trees, hiking trails, and a selection of historic buildings dating back to the 18th century. It is located near Ridley Creek State Park in Media.

Wednesday, June 16.  Peace Valley Lavender Farm, Doylestown, PA 9:30 am. Make sure you have a good assortment of purples and lavenders for this outing! The lavender flowers should be in full bloom by the middle of June. With some 3000 plants growing on the farm, there will be plenty for all of us to paint! And we hope to see more folk from Bucks and Montgomery Counties this time!

Wednesday, June 23. Kuerner Farm, Chadds ford, PA 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Join us for this special late afternoon, early evening opportunity to paint at the Kuerner Farm made famous by the many paintings of Andrew Wyeth. There is a red barn, the old farmhouse, all the scenery that inspired Wyeth. A staff member will be available to answer questions about the farm and the Wyeth family. We’ll start about 4:00 but you can arrive later if that works better for you, and we can stay until about sunset, 8:30. However, the parking lot only holds 20 cars, so there is a limit to the number of people who can come. If some carpool, the farm can accommodate up to a maximum of 25 painters. The cost for PPS members will be $10. PPS will cover the rest. (The regular cost of such a painting event is usually $20 or $15 for museum members). I will have the exact address as we get closer to the date. Please RSVP to me, Pat, at or to Kathy Apfelbaum at Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, July 8th. Willowbrook Farm, Malvern, PA 9:30 am. Willowbrook Farm is a wonderful setting for plein air painting with its many and varied subjects — a pond, some chickens, the stone barn, a spring house, woods, and much more! Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! But many wonderful paintings were created from our visit last year. And this year you can try the site you missed last time! (Plus, there’s lots of shade if it’s hot!)

Thursday, July 22. Stone Harbor, NJ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A day trip to the New Jersey Shore starting at 8:00 am or earlier. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat on Betsy Miraglia’s bayside porch, and continue painting until 4:00pm. There are clean portapotties in parking area at the end of Second Avenue at “The Point.”
Meet at Betsy Miraglia’s home at 11837 Paradise Drive, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247.
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Saturday, August 14. Garrett Williamson, Newtown Square, PA Join us for this weekend Plein Air event! During the week, the Garrett Williamson property is home to a child care center and a day camp. But we can go on Saturday to paint the interesting grounds, which include a barn, animals, pastures, and a farm and garden. There’s a picnic area and restrooms are available. Please let Kathy at or Pat at know if you’re interested in coming.

Wednesday, August 18. Sugartown Strawberries Farm, Malvern, PA Sugartown Strawberries is a wonderful farm stand with lots of produce, fields of sunflowers, not-yet-ripe pumpkins, and a variety of habitats certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. There should be lots of interesting subjects for painting. The farm stand officially opens at 10; you can arrive a little earlier to start setting up.Please note: their Sugartown Rd. is not the same as the Sugartown Road in Devon/Berwyn. Maps or Waze will direct you to the correct location. There are also directions on their website, Please let Kathy at or Pat at know if you’re interested in coming.

Wednesday, September 15. Plein Air Down the Shore, Ocean City, NJ Kathy has graciously agreed to open her house as a headquarters for a day of painting. Her place is right on the wetlands so there are beautiful views from her deck. And the ocean is 9 houses in the other direction for those who want to paint that vista. Bring your lunch or buy locally, and we’ll gather on her deck to eat. Kathy’s house will be open to store your lunch, use the bathroom, and if you want to swim, use the shower afterwards (just be sure to bring a towel!)Please email Kathy at or text at 610-812-5371 to let her know you’re coming.

Wednesday, September 29 Mike Kerr’s NEW Home, Oxford, PA Mike and his wife moved in July to a smaller place, taking their sheep and hens with them. There will be a whole new range of things to paint — a vineyard with wine grapes for now, a barn, a stream across the street, and more interesting vistas. Contact Mike at or at to let us know you’re coming.

Saturday, October 9. Plein Air End-of-Season Show and Celebration, The Veterans Pavillion at East Goshen Park, West Chester, PA Again this year we will have a celebration and outdoor show to conclude our plein air season. Everyone who participated in any of the plein events is invited to show your work, and everyone else — all PPS members, friends and family — is invited to come and enjoy the show and festivities.
Mount your favorite paintings from the plein air meetups (They can have been finished in your studio) with white tape on a foam board, and PLEASE label them with your name, the name of painting and the price if you wish to sell. You must also bring an easel to set the foam board on for display. 
We’ll have musical entertainment, refreshments and 5 People’s Choice Awards. The show will be advertised as an Arts in the Park Event through the East Goshen Township Park Department, so we may well be able to sell some paintings. 
Please let Kathy Apfelbaum at or Pat Riley at know if you’re coming so we can prepare box lunches for our members.
Rain date: Sunday, October 10