Free Arts Festival and #EastonPleinAir: wheels up!

calling all artists! for our 19th annual juried arts festival: fine arts / fine crafts

Updated August 30, 2017 – by ellen shaughnessy

70 juried fine art and fine craft artists exhibit and compete to win $2000 in prizes on September 16 & 17, 2017 at the Riverside Festival of the Arts . They met where the rivers meet, in downtown Easton along the scenic banks of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.  There was live music all weekend, childrens’ interactive art projects, and an 8th annual #EastonPleinAir Art Contest where you could win $1000 for the very the best art piece, and more cash-prizes for the next top two works.

Plein air art contest is a $30.00 entry, due by Sept. 1. Then create an art piece ‘en plein air’ (in the open air) over the weekend, and compete to win over $1500 in prizes.

Contestants in past annual Plein Air Art Contests hailed from a 100-mile radius. Plein air contestants hand in their art piece by the afternoon, and exhibit in a Plein Air Gallery where the entries are judged by three regional art celebrity judges.

Dorothy Hoeschen of Riegelsville PA took 2nd, 2015 #EastonPleinAir
Dorothy Hoeschen of Riegelsville PA took 2nd, 2015 #EastonPleinAir

Congratulations to this year’s winners $500 -1st place went to Michael Schade (Easton), $300 -2nd went to Dorothy Hoeshen for her 5th & Ferry watercolor, and $200 -3rd went to Annandale NJ’s John McNally.

John McNally of Annandale NJ takes 3rd #EastonPleinAir
John McNally of Annandale NJ takes 3rd in 2015 #EastonPleinAir

Plein air works from over the years of this contest can be found in plein air art albums on

This year, a few Plein Air Art Workshops led by renowned artist and Baum School of Arts teacher Adriano Farinella and James Gloria in 2017 will lead up to the contest….

‘Easton is rich with subject matter for any plein-air painter. Whether it’s the Delaware River, Lehigh Canal, or the urban landscape and architecture, Easton is a prime destination for plein-air painters everywhere to come and explore. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful and inspiring area.’ ~Adriano Farinella

The 21st annual Riverside Arts Festival & Plein Air Art Contest will be on September 16+17, 2017 -find info on

Plenty of drawing and sketching opportunities abound in our area! Check out:

Like it Follow it * The Riverside Festival of the Arts is an event run by Arts Community of Easton, Inc. (ACE), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Check out a quick video of Chauncey Howell’s Diddly Squatter & the pronunciation of En Plein Air, at #EastonPleinAir exhibition at the State Theatre Gallery.

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