2019 Festival Timeline

Artists will be painting throughout Bucks County in the towns listed below from early morning late into the evening. Information stations will be available in designated locations listed below from 10 am – 6 pm unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 1 – Newtown         

  • Afternoon painting in the 1,711-acre Tyler State Park, featuring an original warm and woodland setting by the Neshaminy Creek, as well as historic Newtown Borough. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this former county seat features notable architecture spanning some 300 years.

Wednesday, October 2 – Peddler's Village, Lahaska  

  • Painting day at Peddler’s Village during its annual Scarecrow Festival. For more than 55 years, this storybook village has featured charming colonial-style buildings and award-winning gardens.

  • Information tent stationed on the Village Green, in a spot between What’s in a Name and the brand new deck of Free Will Brewing Taproom, opened 10 am – 6 pm. Click HERE for map.

Thursday, October 3 – Doylestown

  • Painting day in the Borough of Doylestown. Recognized by USA Today as having America's "best small-town cultural scene", the Borough offers a rich history and passionate community centered around a unique downtown area called one of America's "Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • Two information tents opened, 10 am – 6 pm

    • Michener Art Museum, 138 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901

    • West State and Hamilton Streets (approximate address 39 W. State St, Doylestown, PA 18901)

  • The Doylestown Historical Society will offer historic architectural tours of Doylestown, in partnership with the 2019 Bucks County Plein Air Festival. The tours will include participating artists at their painting sites, on the streets of Doylestown.

    • Tours will begin at the Doylestown Historical Society, 56 S. Main Street, at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm.  

    • Registration through the Doylestown Historical Society preferred: 215-345-9430

Friday, October 4 - New Hope

  • Painting day in New Hope. The largest of the river towns, New Hope has deep roots in the arts and features 240 structures in its historic district.

  • Information tent stationed at New Hope Visitors Center’s courtyard, 1 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, PA 18938 (opened noon - 6 pm)

  • Stay for dinner and watch the artists paint into the evening during a special nocturne paint out.

Saturday, October 5 - Bucks County Community College, Tyler Mansion

Sunday, October 6 - Festival Day - Bucks County Community College, Tyler Mansion

10 – 4 Fine Art Sale open to the public

10:30 – 12:30 Professional Quick Draw

Come and watch our 30 nationally recognized artist paint “en plein air” before your eyes. They only have 2 hours to complete a painting for a chance to win cash prizes!

10:30 – 12:30 Public Quick Draw - Register and sign-in Tyler foyer

The Public Quick Draw is competition where anyone who registers is invited to paint among the professional artists. This is a timed contest where artists will have 2 hours to complete an entire piece. Over $500 in cash prizes will be awarded. Register online HERE sign in at 10 am.

11- 12 Claudia Pellegrini on the Violin - Tyler, room 109

Claudia Pellegrini, whose work The Philadelphia Inquirer has called "mesmerizing," was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She began her violin studies at age five, was an Honor Conservatory Graduate by seventeen (Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, Spain), a Master's Graduate by twenty-three (Temple University, Philadelphia), a Songwriting Competition Finalist by twenty-four (VH1 2003), and a published violinist-producer-songwriter-vocalist by twenty-six.

11 -12   Tour of historic Tyler Mansion and Gardens - Meet in Tyler foyer

Explore the legacy of George and Stella Tyler through their grand mansion and formal gardens. Learn more about this Bucks County "power couple" and tour their one-of-a-kind home. Tour by Matt Metcalf, Historic Preservation Coordinator at Bucks County Community College

12 – 1 Poets Corner Hour - Tyler, room 109

Four highly considered poets of the Bucks County poetry community will be reading at the Poets Corner Hour, including the current Bucks County Poet Laureate, Carly Volpe. Adding their voices will be Cleveland Wall, Roy Wordsmith, and JaQuinley Kerr. The founders and editors of River Heron Review will host the reading.

12 – 1:15 Jon Nichols on the Japanese Shakuhachi (flute) - Tyler Mansion courtyard

Japanese Shakuhachi (flute) player and Bucks County resident Jon Nichols plays a relaxing soundscape of music on this ancient traditional instrument. At one time, the shakuhachi was only played by the Samurai.

1:15 – 1:45 Quick Draw Awards announced in front of Tyler Mansion

2 – 3 Tour of Bucks County Community College’s Sculpture Walk - Meet in Tyler foyer

The Bucks County Community Sculpture Walk is a free sculpture exhibit featuring a combination of works on loan and permanent works within the beautifully landscaped grounds of Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Campus. The Sculpture Walk showcases multiple styles and media used by the artists and sculptors guided by John Mathews, Dean of Arts Department at Bucks County Community College.

2 – 3 Kids Quick Draw ages 4-15, Tyler Mansion front Courtyard

$5 onsite registrations with supplies provided and of course prizes for all ages!

2 – 3 Live music from Tyler Mansion balcony

Music by Bucks County’s NEWYARD Trio. Playing tribute to the songs of Guitarist Grant Green and to the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue album.

3 – 4 Demonstration with Juror Joe Gyurcsak, historic Tyler Gardens

Watch Festival Juror Joe Gyurcsak demonstrate an alla prima or wet-on-wet painting in one sitting showcasing techniques en plein air

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