Plein Air West Reading 2019
Penn Air West Reading (PAWR) will be the keystone event of the borough’s annual Art on the Avenue festival. PAWR is sponsored by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF), Art Plus Gallery, and a coalition of West Reading merchants. You’ll find more details in the Sponsors section.
As far as the event itself:
The Broad Brush
- Registration is $40, and the field will be limited to 50 artists. Details on demos, awards reception and other artist activities will be provided at check-in.
- Paint Wed-Fri (6/12-14) ANYWHERE in Berks County.
- Intake will be Friday afternoon, noon-3:00. Submit up to 3 pieces, all wired, labeled and otherwise ready to hang.
- There will be two top awards of $1000 each: One judged Best Overall, and a second for Best West Reading Scene. Plus:
- Second Place: $700
- Third Place: $400
- Honorable Mentions (2): $200
- People Choice: $100 (may be given to piece that has also received another award)
- (Additional awards for area- and subject-specific artwork may be offered)
- Awards will be presented at the Patrons Preview Party Friday evening at the theater at 603 Penn Avenue.
- All pieces must be for sale. Sales will be subject to a 30% commission, which will be considered a donation to the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF) and Art Plus Gallery, both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
- On Saturday morning Plein Air West Reading exhibit moves to a large tent and opens to the public Saturday as the showcase event in Art on the Avenue.
- Participating artists are invited and encouraged to help co-host the exhibit and talk with visitors about their art.
- The People’s Choice Award will be presented at the tent at 6:00pm. Unsold work may be removed starting at 6:45. All unsold artwork must be removed by 7:15.
Call for Artists:
Competition will be limited to 50 artists
Art on the Avenue
Plein Air West Reading dovetails into the borough’s Art on the Avenue festival, both sponsored by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF). Now in it’s 25th year, Art on the Avenue is one of Berks County’s premier family festivals, showcasing fine arts and crafts made by local juried artists, as well as live music, within Berks County’s most vibrant hub for arts, culture, shopping, and dining. The one day, mid-June event typically draws over 15,000 visitors.
Kenn Erroll Backhaus is the most nationally accredited Bucks County, Pennsylvania Impressionist living today. He is a Master Level Artist in both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. He is a member and past President of the Plein Air Painters of America, the oldest and most prestigious plein air organization in the country. He has also achieved Signature Member status, the highest level, in the California Art Club, one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. His paintings have won numerous awards, including Best in Show, Collector’s Choice, Master’s Award of Excellence and Artist’s Choice Awards. His work has been included in several museum shows. Kenn was one of the host artists in the APT Television Series, Passport and Palette and the PBS Series Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape. Kenn was featured in the Plein Air Magazine’s June/July issue, 2016. In addition, his painting graced the cover of Plein Air Magazine in the fall of 2011, and his work also appeared in an article in March of 2012. His paintings were recently published in two books, Art of the National Parks, in 2013 and in the book, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic in 2014. In November of 2014, Kenn was invited, along with 9 other artists, on a painting trip to China by Chinese-American Master Artist, Zhiwei Tu and the Zhiwei Tu Museum of China. This trip proved to be a great honor and a very humbling experience. Kenn is very passionate about the historic traditions of representational painting and has given back to the profession for over twenty years in various educational programs and workshops. Kenn continues to look for new opportunities to foster the arts and is currently involved through the internet with on-line educational programs. Kenn’s experience has long been recognized, and he has been asked to judge numerous national shows.