Artists will paint en plein air over a ten-day period on both sides of the Susquehanna River.  En plein air is French for painting outdoors, in the "open air."  Watch artists at work (at a safe distance), then visit the resulting art exhibit at Studio 264, Marietta Community House, 264 W Market St, Marietta PA.  Last year artists created over 170 paintings, many purchased by local collectors.


Paint Out begins April 18th

Once juried artists are selected, both juried and open artists will paint the scenes on both sides of the Susquehanna River including the towns of Columbia, Wrightsville, and Marietta Boro.  Artists:  Click Here For Paint-Out Rules, Maps, and Schedule

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Something a little fishy...


This year's family activity does involve fish scales, lots of paint, and family members of all ages.

With the help of volunteers, children will create one-of-a-kind fish print T-shirts.  This type of art is called Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing).  No registration necessary.   Free T-shirts while supplies last; sizes include Kids S, M and L.  Paper will be provided as an alternative to T-shirts.  Also, you're welcome to bring your own shirt to be used for printing.

WHEN:  Sunday, April 24, 2022, 12 Noon to 3PM


WHERE:  Susquehanna Waldorf School Gymnasium.  Enter at rear of school,  Apple Avenue and Waterford Avenue.  Park in school lot or on the street.

PUBLIC Event Schedule

April 18-27, 2021       

  Artists paint both sides of Susquehanna

April 23, 2021  

  Sat 10AM-Noon - Quick Draw 
Competition, Marietta

April 24, 2021       

  Sun 12PM-3PM - Fish Printing Free Family Activity, Susquehanna Waldorf School Gym

April 29-May 1, 2021       

  Public plein air exhibit:  Fri 5PM-9PM;

  Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM

  Rear 264 W Market St, Marietta PA

April 30-May 31, 2021       

  Juror, Lou Schellenberg exhibit: 

  Opening Weekend: 

    Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM

  Fridays/Saturdays 11-3 thru May 31

  MH Gallery, 42 W Market St, Marietta PA

1-Day Quick Draw Event

Artists with limited time may want to participate in the Quick Draw event scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022.   Registered artists are challenged to create a painting in two hours.  Public is invited to watch the artists in action.  Awards and sales immediately follow.  Activity takes place in the heart of Marietta Borough.  Artist registration opens April 1st.  Read more...


Juror of Awards for the Quick Draw is Matt Allyn Chapman.  Matt is co-owner of Curio in downtown Lancaster PA.  He is a working artist who exhibits his works regionally. He holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is an exhibition curator and art handler, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Matt has also developed educational coursework that has been executed through workshops, private instruction, and community based events.

schellenberg exhibit thru may


The Juror of Acceptance and Awards for River Towns Plein Air is Lou Schellenberg.  An exhibit of her work will be at the MH Gallery & Studio, 42 W Market St, Marietta, PA.  Show opens April 30 10-5 and May 1 10-4, then continues through May Fridays/Saturdays 11-3.

Schellenberg has been painting landscapes for decades, dividing her year between Pennsylvania, Maine and Nova Scotia. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania to teach, she studied art at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and earned her MFA from the University at Albany, NY.  Lou is Associate Professor of Art Emerita, Elizabethtown College, where she taught painting and drawing.


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Courtesy Lancaster Galleries

Over her career, Lou’s work has been included in many gallery and museum exhibitions including The Lancaster Museum of Art, The Demuth Foundation, PA, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Woodmere Museum, PA, The Fitchburg Art Museum, MA, The Biggs Museum, DE, and The Art Institute of Boston.  Awards include a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship and First Place Award Art of the State: Pennsylvania. Her plein air paintings and commissions are in many private and public collections across the US and in Canada. Her most recent commission was for LL Bean, Freeport Maine.