The 2021 River Towns Plein Air is an open (non-juried) competition. Registered artists will paint ‘En plein air’ (outdoors, on location) along both sides of the Susquehanna River (York and Lancaster Counties). 


The designated painting area boasts some of the most scenic areas of Lancaster and York Counties bordering the Susquehanna River. It includes breathtaking vistas, water views and quaint small town Americana. Awards will be presented at the end of the paint-out.  See schedule below.


The Juror of Awards is Julie Riker. Julie studied Illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and owns her own decorative painting business.  When not working for a client, she enjoys painting outdoors. Often these plein air paintings serve as inspiration for larger studio pieces, but some stand on their own as observations of the beauty and variety of nature. She has participated in many national plein air events and won several awards. Julie’s paintings have been published in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.


There will be a final showing of work

at Studio 264,  Marietta Community House,

264 W Market St, Marietta PA 17547. A

30% commission from the sale of artwork

benefits the Marietta Community House,

a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization.


There are 60 registrants for this year's 

event.  Follow Marietta Art Alive on

Facebook for updates.




Julie Riker, Juror of Awards

January 10-March 8, 2021       

  Registration open to all artists, 18 and older

April 13-21, 2021       

  Artists paint in River Towns Plein Air Area

April 23-25, 2021       

  Public exhibit:  Fri 5PM-9PM;

  Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM

PUBLIC Event Schedule