The winners of Chestnut Hill’s 3rd Annual Plein Air Outdoor Art Competition include (L to R): Neva Givnish (3rd place), Gideon Boericke (Honorable Mention), Ginger Arthur (Second Place), Julia Rix (Honorable Mention), Georganna Lenssen (First Place), Maura Matthews (Profiles Studio Award); Tu Huynh, Exhibitions Director for the Office of Arts, Culture, and The Creative Economy for City of Philadelphia, served as the judge for this year’s event. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will have their work displayed at Univest Bank the month of July. Univest is the Lead Sponsor for Chestnut Hill’s Plein Air event.

Third Annual Plein Air Event Brings Outdoor Art Competition to Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

Fine art came out of the gallery and onto Germantown Avenue as Chestnut Hill presented the third annual Plein Air event. This inspired outdoor juried art competition took place on Saturday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Artists, easels and paint palettes  lined Germantown Avenue as they created works of art, compete for cash prizes and a free booth space at the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival in October. Other activities for the day included arts and crafts, face painting and live music.

Widely known as “Philadelphia’s Garden District”, a designation attributed to its flourishing outdoor green spaces and lush gardens, Chestnut Hill is also host to a plethora of independent art galleries, a new art supply shop, thriving artists and Woodmere Art Museum (which features local art and artists housed in a 19th-century stone Victorian mansion). This vibrant creative community provides a unique backdrop for the artists of Plein Air. Part pastoral and part metropolitan, Chestnut Hill is a work of art in itself.

Philadelphia’s Garden District is lush with culture, recreation, education and entertainment. Whether you are taking a quick city-break or venturing out for a weekend escape, the destination has so much to do, see and discover!

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Steven B. Erisoty