Plein Air Schedule

Review our 2022 Plein Air Schedule below and get inspired for a new season! 

Wednesday, April 6. Shofuso Japanese Gardens, Philadelphia. We will paint the cherry blossoms either at the Shofuso Japanese Gardens in Fairmont Park or at Boathouse Row, Philadelphia.  There is a fee to enter Shofuso, well worth it for a visit to such a beautiful spring display.  Watch for emails and information on our website.
Rain date is Thursday, April 7

Wednesday, April 13. New Jersey Tulip FieldsDalton Farms, Swedesboro, NJ  The exact dates for tulip blooms are dependent on nature. However, our best estimate as to when we will have beautiful tulip fields to paint is April 13. Rain date: Thursday, April 14
Admission fee to Dalton Farms is about $14.

Wednesday, May 4.  Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, PA 9:30 am. Jenkins is a beautiful public garden and art gallery, a favorite place to paint int he spring. We are projecting that azaleas and dogwoods may be in bloom in early May. Access to the gardens is free, but donations are encouraged.
Rain date: Thursday, May 5

Wednesday, May 18.  Valley Forge National Park, King of Prussia, PA 9:30 am. We will paint at Knox’s headquarters off Route 252 in the southwest corner of the park. There is a stream, a footbridge, old stone buildings, a barn, and open fields. Much to inspire your painting!
Rain date: Thursday, May 19

Wednesday, June 1. Kathy Apfelbaums house in Ocean City, NJ The plan is to paint once again at Kathy’s place down at the shore. Details will be posted soon.

Thursday, June 16. Peace Valley Lavender Farm, Doylestown, PA Beautiful fields of lavender await us for this outing. Although the farm is small, there are many great views. Someone will be available to open the gates for the farm around 9:15. We are asked to try and carpool as the parking lot is not large. Please let either Kathy Apfelbaum fourbeank@aol.com or Pat Riley rileypat@gmail.com know if you’re planning to go.

Audubon Center, July 7. 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA , 9:30 am Open fields, woods, a stream, Audubon’s house from the early1800’s and other farm buildings all offer wonderful subjects for plein air painting. Walking and painting on the grounds is free, as is access to bathrooms in the modern visitors’ center near the large parking lot. However, there is a charge to view the interesting displays inside about Audubon himself, his painting techniques and the local plants and animals. Again, it’s helpful for us to have a sense of who’s coming. Please contact Pat Riley at rileypat@gmail.com .

July 20. Chanticleer Gardens, 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 10:00 am Chanticleer offers beautiful vistas, carefully tended gardens, ponds with koi and waterlilies, and planned walks through the woods. We are free to paint where ever, but the staff asks that we make sure we don’t block the paths and walkways. Admission is $12 except if you have a Radnor library card, when it is $6, or if you are a member. At the minute, you must make a reservation to park, (no charge for parking) although this policy may change as the summer progresses. Again, we suggest trying to carpool as much as possible. And, it’s helpful for us to have a sense of who’s coming. Please contact Pat Riley at rileypat@gmail.com or Kathy Apfelbaum fourbeank@aol

Wednesday, August 17. Sugartown Strawberries Farm, 650 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355, 9:30 am 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, but we can arrive after 9:30 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, sugartownstrawberries.com Please let Kathy at fourbeank@aol.com or Pat at rileypat@gmail.com know if you are coming.

Wednesday, August 31. Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden. 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova, PA 19085, 10:00 am With stately old trees, well-tended gardens and a pergola, open meadows, and even a bog garden filled with insect-eating plants, Stoneleigh offers vistas for everyone and lots of shade. (Although, I’m hoping it will be a bit cooler because I want to paint the pitcher plants!) Stoneleigh opens at 10, and as always of course, we won’t block the paths! Let Pat know if you’re coming, rileypat@gmail.com

Saturday, September 17. Skunk Hollow Park, 600 Darby-Paoli Road, Villanova, PA, 9:00 am. We will meet at the south end of Skunk Hollow Park. (The Willows is at the north end) A quiet stream runs through this section with places to paint at the water’s edge. Or perhaps you might want to paint at the corner of Darby-Paoli Road and Sawmill Rd. if the Ardrossan Black Angus Cattle will cooperate and graze near there!


Heading South on Darby-Paoli Road turn right on Sawmill Road. (It’s a small road.) Go over a small one lane bridge and the area where we’re meeting is on the left. There’s some parking on Saw Mill or make a left on Earles Rd. and there’s some parking there. There’s also some parking at the corner of Darby-Paoli Rd. and Saw Mill, and it’s just a short walk up to the turn for Earles.As always it’s helpful for us to have a sense of who’s coming. Pat Riley, rileypat@gmail.com or Kathy Apfelbaum, fourbeank@aol.com

Thursday, September 29. Laurel Hill Mansion, 3487 Edgley Drive, East Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, 9:15 am A beautiful 18th century mansion within Fairmont Park with landscaped grounds, views of the Schuylkill River and beyond! 

Saturday, October 15. 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.
As in years past, this is an opportunity to showcase the work we’ve done or started en plein air. Nothing need be framed and pieces started en plein air can be finished in the studio. BUT please, do not bring work that has nothing to do with our plein air season.

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.

What’s special this year is that we will be joining with the East Goshen Arts in the Park celebration. There will be live music, food trucks, and lots people! And hopefully some sales of our artwork!