The 5th Annual Plein Air Camp Hill Arts Festival is painting the town – and photographing it, too! We'll be measuring the progress of our 2015 fundraising efforts with the paint brush on the festival website homepage. Watch as contributions grow and our paint brush becomes filled with color!
Painters and photographers juried into the festival will be arriving in Camp Hill on May 25 to capture the beauty of the central Pennsylvania region – Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, York and Adams Counties – with the hope that this will also result in the preservation of our region's stunning views and settings. Artists will submit their entries on Friday, May 29, competing for cash prizes of more than $7500.
There are many ways to support this free family festival for those of all ages and abilities, from corporate sponsorships and naming opportunities to the new $1,000 Sustainers of Plein Air – all offering discounts on festival art purchases, recognition in the festival program, tickets to the Collectors Preview Party and more.
A new Tilt crowdfunding campaign initiated by William Anderson, MD, president of the festival advisory committee, is another new way to make donations of any size. Anderson is one of the original members of the Seven Lively Artists, which has been an integral part of the Central Pennsylvania art community for more than 50 years and known especially for its passion of painting "en plein air" or "in the open air."
All funds raised help sustain the festival and support its scholarship program to further the education of students and/or adults seeking to expand their arts education, with a focus on, but not limited to, disadvantaged individuals of all ages.
The 2015 Plein Air Camp Hill Arts Festival is presented by the Economic and Cultural Development Group of Camp Hill, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in partnership with the Borough of Camp Hill. The festival launched in 2011 with the mission of bringing people from outside the area into Camp Hill and the Cumberland County communities to enhance commerce and awareness, educate the public about plein air arts, support and grow the arts in the community, and give artists and photographers a place to showcase their work.
Students in 15 school districts, as well as those in private schools and homeschoolers within the Central Pennsylvania area/Capital Area Intermediate Unit, are competing in a juried competition for $1200 in cash prizes. The finalists’ paintings and photography will be displayed on graphic flags placed throughout Camp Hill during the festival. Their artwork will be displayed with the festival's primary painting and photography juried competition pieces at the Borough's Prosser Hall, 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill.
Middle school students are competing for a $250 cash prize in the "Think Spring" 2015 Snow Plow Design Challenge. The competition is intended to remind students of spring and getting back outdoors after a long winter. The winning design will be formatted for public painting during the event onto a full-size snow plow on main festival day.
The free family festival on Saturday, May 30, 9:00am to 8:00pm, will have painters and photographers competing for $3,600 in cash prizes during the Quick Draw and Quick Shoot competitions. Youth will compete in Quick Draw and Quick Shoot competitions for $1,800 in cash prizes. Besides the opportunity to watch artists creating their works outdoors, the festival offers art exhibits, demonstrations, music and food, as well as the ever-popular Youth Paint Out with free painting supplies.
All paintings and photography will be displayed for sale during festival weekend at Camp Hill Borough's Prosser Hall, 2145 Walnut Street, including Sunday, May 31, from 10:00am to 3pm. Many festival activities take place in and around Willow Park at 24th and Market Streets in Camp Hill.
The only ticketed event of this free festival ($25 per person) is the catered Collectors Preview Party with live music, Friday, May 29, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Prosser Hall, where awards will be presented and artwork will be for sale starting at 5:00pm for those with pre-purchased tickets.