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!

The weather’s getting better; things are beginning to open up, and it’s time to begin to think about plein air painting!  We’re putting our 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.

Our Pastel Society is planning an active Plein Air Calendar for 2020. Here is the beginning. Please join us.

Wednesday, June 17th.  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 24th. Skunk Hollow Park, 600 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova, PA 19085.  9:30. The land is located between the Willows and Saw Mill Park along Darby-Paoli Road.  Darby Creek runs along the park, and the cows from Androssan can be seen in the distance.  There is limited parking, but no bathrooms.  For more information, email Kathy Apfelbaum at  Rain date: June 25.

We will have more events in July and August as more and more parks open up to visitors, including Ridley Creek State Park, Stoneleigh, the Willows, Valley Forge, and the Audubon Center.   We are also considering the state parks such as Fort Washington, Ralph Stover, and Green Lane State Parks.  But we 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