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 safe and healthy.
It’s an active Plein Air Calendar for 2020. 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

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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Plein Air End-of-Season Gathering October 2021  We’re planning an end-of-the-season, outdoor, socially-distanced, masked extravaganza to celebrate our exciting plein air year. All who participated in any of the plein airs are invited to share and show your work. It doesn’t need to be framed and can have been finished in your studio. We’re still in the process of securing an open-air pavilion where we’ll have the space to look at paintings while still maintaining social distance with (what else?) masks (how elegant, creative, original is your mask?). We’re also planning some people’s choice awards and musical entertainment. More details to follow, but save the date!

We still need some of you who live up in Montgomery County or Bucks County and are more familiar with these places to help out by coordinating a plein air near you.  It involves almost NO work, just a willingness to paint somewhere fun.  Please contact Pat Riley at or Kathy Apfelbaum at