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We promote the arts in the lower Susquehanna River Valley and organize Lancaster County's premier outdoor painting event, River Towns Plein Air held in April of each year.

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RTPA 2023 Events

River Towns Plein Air  - April 12-23

River Towns Plein Air is a major community event attracting 60 talented artists and hundreds of motivated collectors from the eastern US to historic Marietta, PA.


Artists:  Learn about the requirements and how you can apply to participate in this fun event.  Find out more >>  ..

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Quick Draw in Columbia,  PA

Artists of all ages can join the fun in Columbia, PA on April 15 for the QUICK DRAW event.  Participants have two hours to paint or draw from observation in a designated area in Columbia PA.  


Finished works of art will be on display,  juried for cash awards and available for sale. Registration fee is $10 payable in advance or on the day of the event. Quick Draw Juror is Matt Allyn Chapman, co-owner of Curio Lancaster.

We are partnering this year with Create Columbia who will organize this one-day event.

Art Exhibition & Sale 

Doors open at 5 p.m. on April 21.

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase beautiful paintings of our historic area created on location by the sixty RTPA 2023 artists. Works will be on display April 21 -23 at the Marietta Community House/ Studio 264 on West Market Street in historic Marietta, PA.

Hurry...they won't last!

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Meet the Juror 

Award-winning New England watercolor artist, Gary Tucker, is the RIver Towns Plein Air 2023 Juror of Entry and Awards. Gary immerses himself in nature to create expressive and energetic paintings. "Through the media of watercolor," Gary finds "power through brushwork and subtlety through transparency." He has established a 30-year reputation as a plein air painter, teacher and mentor. We are excited to welcome Gary Tucker to RTPA 2023 and look forward to his 5-day plein air workshop (Apr 24-28) and exhibit of his work at MH Art Gallery in Marietta (Apr 21-28).

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There are many volunteer opportunities during the plein air event. We need hosts (within 45 minutes of river towns) to provide a bed and shower for out-of-town artists. We can always use people to help set up display panels
and hang show banners.


If you wish to be involved, drop us a line 
and let us know how.

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