Past Exhibition

12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival

May 6 – June 30, 2018

This annual national juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of outdoor painting while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share creative endeavors with collectors and the public.

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Juror – John Cosby 

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome John Cosby as the juror for the 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival. He will judge the entries based on technique, style, concept, composition and originality.

As a painter Cosby travels extensively, painting what he sees and feels. Bold use of color and an energetic brush stroke, combined with the truth of the place, is what one will see and feel when viewing a painting by Cosby.

Born in Hollywood, California, in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west. At an early age he began to draw and paint and was lucky enough to have been inspired by a grandmother who was an oil painter. “She would give me the paint, some brushes and a scrap of canvas and set me off to paint. This early experience took the fear out of creating a painting,” exclaimed Cosby.

Cosby also started traveling at an early age. At 18 he was chosen as an advance man for the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, served under two Presidents and traveled the world. He met many notable people and saw many things, but what most interested him were the great works of art he encountered. “They haunted me and helped set the course of my career as a painter.” After leaving the White House, Cosby rebuilt an old classic sailing sloop designed by Nathaniel Herrishoff. With a friend (who had dreams of being a writer) Cosby set sail up and down the Eastern seaboard in the inland waterway for three years. Thus he began his art career.

Cosby currently resides and maintains a studio in San Clemente, CA. He works on location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries. Cosby was a founding board member of the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, a Signature member of both Plein Air Painters of America and The California Art Club. He has served as an officer of these groups to help further the cause of art. Cosby was also a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational that was held at the Laguna Art Museum for thirteen years and is now in its 18th year.


Juror John Cosby awarded over $15,000 in prizes this year to the most deserving artists and their work.

Best In Show
Tim Kelly · Welcome to Manayunk

1st Place
Lon Brauer · Ten-Ay-Em

2nd Place
Jason Sacran · Fog, Rain and a Little Sun

3rd Place
David Lussier · 11 FT 3 IN

Plein Air Magazine Award
Tara Will · Across the River

Best Nocturne
Christopher Leeper · John’s Village Market

Best Depiction of Light
Michele Byrne · Paper Mill House

Best Street Scene
Stewart White · A Teeny Tiny House

Best Water Feature
Barbara Tapp · Life on a Canal

Best Architecture
Neil Hughes · Hausmann Barn

Zufar Bikbov · At the Pond

Patrick Lee · Ghosts of Ardrossan

Source Tek Award
Kathie Odom · Winter’s Warmth

Strada Easel Award
Claudia Rilling · Station Road

Princeton Brush Award
Kari Ganoung Ruiz · Mohawk in Reserve

JFM Enterprises
Olena Babak · Apple Blossom

Royal Talens Rembrandt Watercolor Award
Michael Kotarba · Passage

Blick Art Award
Chuck Marshall · Darby Creek Bridge

Canson Award
Mick McAndrews · Gibson’s Bridge

Gamblin Award
Jill Stefani Wagner · Mill Creek Sentinel

Rosemary & Co. Award
Julie Riker · Under the Overpass

Winsor & Newton Award
Joanna Barnum · Towing the Line

Jack Richeson & Co. Award
Barbara Berry · Fixer Upper

ML Direct Plus Method Lights Award
George Bodine · Encampment – Valley Forge

ML Direct Plus Method Lights Award
Valerie Craig · Eastern Reflections

Guerilla Painter Award
Natalia Andreeva · Feeling French

Raymar Award
Peter Yesis · Rhodies En Plein Air

Golden Artists Colors Award
Eileen Elder · Sayen House

Ampersand Award
Kirk McBride · Coming and Going

Rainy Day Award
Paul George · Cows at Rest

Guerilla Painter Award
Elise Phillips · Welcome Sweet Springtime
Lena Thynell · Morning Has Broken


2018 Wayne Plein Air  Artists

Natalia Andreeva, FL
Olena Babak, ME
Joanna Barnum, MD
Barbara Berry, PA
Zufar Bikbov, CT
George Bodine, KY
Lon Brauer, IL
Michele Byrne, PA
Valerie Craig, PA
Eileen Eder, CT
Paul George, MA
Neal Hughes, NJ
Tim Kelly, MD
Michael Kotarba, MD
Patrick Lee, PA
Christopher Leeper, OH
David Lussier, NH
Chuck Marshall, OH
Mick McAndrews, PA
Kirk McBride, MD
Kathie Odom, TN
Elise Phillips, PA
Julie Riker, PA
Claudia Rilling, PA
Kari Ruiz, NY
Jason Sacran, AR
Richard Sneary, MO
Barbara Tapp, CA
Lena Thynell, PA
Jill Stefani, MI
Stewart White, MD
Tara Will, MD
Peter Yesis, ME


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Artist and Sponsor Welcome Dinner and Orientation

Monday, May 7 – Saturday, May 12, 2018
Artists Paint in the 25-Mile Wayne Radius

Friday, May 11, 2018
Artists Paint at Special Designated Location

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Community Paint-Out

Saturday, May 12, 2018: 6-10pm 
12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Collectors’ Soiree

Sunday, May 13, 2018: 1pm
Juror’s Demo and Lecture

Sunday, May 13 – Friday, June 30, 2018
Exhibition Open to the Public