All Artists, All Ages, All Skill Levels
You Are Invited to Join in the Plein Air Event
Sunday April 28 from 9 AM until 5 PM
Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the sixth annual Plein Air
Event on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and to display the work they create at
The Public Library for Union County during the month of June. The event provides
artists an opportunity to interact with each other while working en plein air—-in the
outdoors, rather than in a studio—at a time of year when nature is most alive, according
to Marilyn Brill, Plein Air chair for the Merrill Linn Conservancy, which cosponsors the
event along with the Lewisburg Arts Council, the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg, and the
Union County Historical Society.
What is plein air?
The first plein air artists were the 19 th -century Impressionists, who painted
outdoors—in gardens, parks, and sidewalk cafes—where they could capture the
momentary and transient effect of sunlight. “The goal of the Plein Air Event is to
preserve, with our artwork, a present moment at various Linn Conservancy sites. And, in
sharing the work we have created, to build a community of artists and citizens passionate
about the preservation of these sites for future generations,” says Ms. Brill.
Two popular sites protected by conservation easements with the Merrill Linn
Conservancy—the Dale/Engle/Walker (D/E/W) property at 1471 Strawbridge Road off
Route 192 and the Koons Trail property on N. 4th Street in Mifflinburg—will be open to
artists from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28. Volunteers will be posted at both sites to assist
artists and transportation between the two sites will be available.
During the week of April 29 through May 5, artists may return to the D/E/W and
Koons properties to complete their work. During that week they are also welcome to
paint at the Shamokin Mountain Trail—located near Forest House Lane off Stein Lane
and at the scenic Shikellamy State Park. All work done at these four sites through May 5
may be shown at the plein air exhibition at the library.
Detailed descriptions and directions for each site, along with guidelines for artists
and general information about the Plein Air Event are available online at the Merrill Linn
Conservancy website, www.linnconservancy.org , and the Lewisburg Arts Council
The annual Plein Air Workshop, to be held at the Dale/Engle/Walker House from
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., will be conducted by local artist Bobby Gorby (artist bio) who will discuss
composition, working with a limited palette, and other subjects important to successfully
painting en plein air. Following the indoor presentation, participants will move outdoors
where Mr. Gorby will paint while describing the steps he is taking. The workshop is free;
space, however, is limited. Those who plan to attend are asked to email
A reception, open to all, will be held at the D/E/W house from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists are encouraged to bring their artwork to the reception to share with others and to
meet the Conservancy, Arts Council, Artists’ Guild, and Historical Society members who
have worked to make the event possible.
Each artist will receive an event packet with guidelines for displaying their work
in the Plein Air exhibit at the Public Library for Union County. On Monday, June 3, from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., a reception honoring the artists and their work will be held in the
library’s Gallery 255 and in the large meeting room adjacent to the gallery.