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    Calling all artists!

    by Joan Hellyer

    Applications are being accepted through late May for the Fourth Annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival.

    Chosen artists will do plein air painting of quaint towns, rolling landscapes, lakes and rivers, covered bridges, stone farmhouses, and historic estates throughout Bucks County. The juried competition will run October 1st through October 6th and includes more than $15,000 in prize money.

    Bucks County Community College, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and Alan Fetterman Fine Arts jointly host the event.

    Fetterman, who serves as Bucks County’s Artist in Residence, is co-founder of the festival. He came up with the idea after participating in plein air events in California.

    “It is clear that Bucks County has a rich history in culture and the fine arts,” he said. “The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Borough is the crown jewel that sparkles and shines confirming our county’s position as a fortified artistic colony. Our mission for the BCPAF is simply to promote the well-being of the fine arts and culture in Bucks County and outward.”

    The festival is already “a staple event” on the national level with applicants coming from all points of the United States, Fetterman said.

    “It’s proven to be both competitive and bonding for all artists involved,” Fetterman said. “Just as important if not more so is by incorporating Bucks County’s own magnificent artists, mixed with galleries, businesses and downtown organizations the outcome is beneficial to the whole of the community.”

    The Bucks County plein air competition is open to all painters 18 years of age and older. At least six of the 30 selected artists will be Bucks County residents, according to organizers.

    Applications are being accepted until May 24th. Late applications will be accepted between May 25th and May 31st.

    Go to www.buckscountypleinair.com for information on how to apply to be an artist in the Bucks County Plein Air Festival.

    Artists selected to participate in this year’s festival will be notified on June 21st.