West Reading Avenues Summer 2017 - 27
There also will be a variety of music on two stages: the Main
Stage on South Sixth Street, and a smaller stage in the 700 block
of Penn Avenue.
Now in its second year, Plein Air West Reading 2017 also is expected
to attract a lot of attention. The event, held in conjunction with
Arts on the Avenue, is coordinated by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation, Art Plus Gallery and a coalition
of West Reading merchants, and is aimed at bringing attention to
the style of painting en plein air-or "in plain air"-as opposed to
within a studio.
While the inaugural plein air event was a contest among artists who
painted outside on location in West Reading during a specified
time period, this year's event features an outdoor exhibition in a
large tent dedicated to Plein Air West Reading. The tent will be
located in the heart of Art on the Avenue, and will display work of
participating artists that was done all, or primarily at any outdoor
location in West Reading during 2017.
offer a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in a wide range of
prices, and we think that extending the event to two days would
attract even more artists. We'd like to find a way to showcase
all that talent."
In addition to offering their work for sale, some attending artists
offer demonstrations of their crafts, such as glass blowing and
pottery making. Art specialties to view or buy include jewelry,
pottery, fine arts, ceramics and clothing.
More information about Arts on the Avenue can be found
lovewestreading.org or on Love West Reading's Facebook page.
For more information and updates on the plein air event, visit
Nationally renowned artist Michele Byrne will do a plein air painting
demonstration during the event.
The display of work by adult artists who registered for the event will
be coordinated by Art Plus Gallery. Although the entries will not
be formally judged, there will be several Purchase/Patron Awards.
The exhibit will also include a section of plein air artwork done by
local students, coordinated by Wyomissing art teacher Mike Miller.
"Last year's competition had a limited time for painting and an
indoor exhibit," says Russell Slocum, co-director of Art Plus
Gallery. "This year's format will be more inviting to artists of all
levels of experience, including those who've been wanting to try
plein air painting but don't necessarily want others looking over
their shoulder or the pressure of a judged competition."
Burns said about 50 artists will travel from about five different
states to participate in Arts on the Avenue, which is a juried show.
The festival is attracting more artists each year, she said, and the
hope is for the event to at some point be lengthened to two days.
"The dream would be to have a two-day event," Burns said. "We're
getting more and more applications from artists every year who
Music Line Up for Art on The Avenue
2-2:30pm Stewart V. Steakelum & The Jury
2:30-4pm AOTA Allstars Feat Members of:
Snarky Puppy, Cold Fronts, & American Babies
4-4:30pm Stewart V. Steakelum & The Jury
4:30-6pm Crowded Streets
The Dave Matthews Experience
11-12pm Acoustic Carrot
2-3pm Three Piece Suit
4:30-5:30pm The Push