With truly something for those of all ages and abilities, from face painting to nationally recognized artists painting, photographers capturing life, displaying and selling valuable masterpieces, the Plein Air Camp Hill Arts Festival is also a dog-friendly festival with friendly dogs on leashes welcome.
Visitors will have the opportunity to watch and interact with painters and photographers painting and shooting en plein air, a French expression meaning "in the open air," as they compete and create works of art in as little as two hours. While a familiar concept today, it was quite revolutionary in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature to capture the effects of sunlight and different times of the day on a subject. Youth and adult painters and photographers will be competing for more than $15,000 in cash prizes!
Great food is part of every festival and Plein Air Camp Hill is no exception. Our Collector's Preview Party will catered by the gourmet treats of Cornerstone Coffeehouse. On main festival day, Saturday, May 30, from 9am-7pm along 24th Street. Grandpa's Country Catering is back with its popular pig roast and all the fixings for pulled pork sandwiches and its antique ice cream maker cranking homemade ice cream all day. The Camp Hill Fire Department will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and root beer floats, and Sherri's Crab Cakes, will offer "The World's Greatest Concession Crab Cakes."
John Catalano and Friends will provide live jazz at the Collectors Preview Party, Friday, May 29, 6-8pm (the only festival event with a cost, $25 per person), at Prosser Hall, 2145 Walnut Street, where all the juried painters’ and photographers’ competition work will be displayed throughout the weekend including Sunday 10am to 3pm. Music on main festival day, Saturday, May 30th, includes traditional and folk bluegrass musician Jay Smar; a classical Youth Cello Group; singer songwriter Jerry Haines with his acoustic music, folk ballads, humorous songs and good old-time music; the inter-generational Willow Park Union band; cover band Frayed Nott; and electronic pop rock Minshara rocking into the evening.
Mariah Rose Hursh of Full Bloom Designs will be doing free cheek art, eye designs and half mask face painting on 24th Street, 10am-4pm. A sign-up sheet will be available for specific time slots. Mariah has worked as a face painter since she was 16, first at Kemah Boardwalk in her native Houston, Texas, later at Houston Downtown Aquarium, as well as many private parties and events. She uses only FDA approved, non-toxic, makeup grade paints.
The Youth Paint Out offers free painting supplies for preschoolers to fifth graders. Older students will compete for $1,800 in cash prizes in a new Quick Shoot Youth photography competition and two Quick Draw competitions. Pre-registration is preferred for all youth activities and required for competitions to get free painting supplies on festival day (all registration online). Fourteen regional schools have submitted 17 outstanding paintings/drawings and 9 photographs as finalist pieces for the juried student competitions. In addition to $1200 in prizes, their work will be transformed onto banners in the festival area, and on display with all juried paintings and photography for sale throughout the weekend at Prosser Hall Gallery, 2145 Walnut Street, including Sunday 10am to 3 pm.
Former Camp Hill Mayor Lou Thieblemont will offer sunscoping telescope demonstrations. Using a special telescope to look at the sun, you'll actually be able to see the fiery red balls on the sun's surface in real time. Kurt Brantner will demonstrate pottery making from clay creation to firing, and Michael Peluso, glass blowing in the style of his European ancestors. Independent scholar, lecturer, artist and educator Selby Doughty will offer an anecdotal slide lecture, "Claude Monet: The Painted Garden," on Monet's home, his gardens and the paintings he did while living there. Jim Whetstone's photography workshop, "Being Artistic With A Digital Camera," will help even those shooting with smart phones learn to shoot better photos from composition to editing and how photographers also paint with and capture light. Also, for those who'd like to simply relax, Hygea Salt Room is offering free back massages.
Camp Hill offers picturesque settings providing opportunities for painters and photographers to capture the feel of the community in a unique and memorable way. The Borough has a rich history, and residents are proud of their turn-of-the-century neighborhoods, Victorian-style houses, and their endearing support of the arts, literature, and music. Camp Hill is a place where people come to live, work and play, enjoying the small neighborhood parks, boutique shopping, and fine dining.
From watching painters and photographers create masterpieces, pottery created and kiln fired, and glass blown into beautiful art right before your eyes to the Youth Paint Out, youth and adult painting and photography competitions, and the public painting of a full-size snow plow based on the winning design of a middle schooler – this whole festival is live art in action!
For times and locations of all these great attractions, please visit our 2015 Festival page