Plein Air


All Artists, All Ages, All Skill Levels

You Are Invited to Join in the Plein Air Event

Sunday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

Bring your artistic talents to the upcoming Plein Air Event sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg.
What is Plein Air?
A drawing or painting done outdoors, rather than in a studio. The French term en plein air translates to ‘in the open air.’ The goal of this event is to preserve, with our artwork, a present moment at various Linn Conservancy sites. In sharing our work, we seek to build a community of artists and citizens passionate about the preservation of these sites for future generations.

Who may participate?All artists, art lovers and plein air enthusiasts of any age—especially those who appreciate the beauty of nature and care about environmental preservation.

Where will this be held? On April 29, two Merrill Linn Conservancy conservation easement properties in Union County will be available. Both are easily accessible.

  • Dale/Engle/Walker property and Dale’s Ridge Trail, Strawbridge Rd. west of Lewisburg
  • Shamokin Mountain Trail, 249 Forest House Lane, off Stein Lane, Lewisburg

Additional Site: Shikellamy Bluffs at Shikellamy State Park opens to the public on May 2. Artists are encouraged to go there May 2 through 6 to paint lovely vistas of the Susquehanna River.

Site Descriptions and Directions               

What will happen on Event Day?

            9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The two sites noted above will be available for your use. Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg and Merrill Linn Conservancy volunteers will be present at each site.

            9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lina Ferrara, noted plein air artist from Lewisburg, will present an optional plein air workshop at the Dale/Engle/Walker House. The workshop will be held rain or shine. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email [email protected]

            4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – You are invited to return to the D/E/W House for an alfresco reception, hosted by the Conservancy, the Arts Council and the Union County Historical Society. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with other participants and view one another’s work of the day.

What happens afterwards? You are invited to display your artwork at The Public Library for Union County during the month of June. Guidelines for display are included in your Event Packet and are available on our websites. During the week of April 30, you may return to the Dale/Engle/Walker property and the Shamokin Mountain Trail as well as visit the Shikellamy Bluffs site to paint. The Shikellamy State Park is not open to the public until May 2. All work done at these sites from April 29 through May 6 may be shown at the Library.