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Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for 50 Years

DETOUR: Wharton Furnace Road is closed Between Fayette Springs Road and Touchstone. follow the detour – from Rt. 40, Take Rt. 381/Elliottsville Road, in 2.4 miles turn right onto workman road, 2 miles to Touchstone

This weekend only (Sat & Sun): Touchstone's Galleries will be closed. Please join us at Tissue Farm in Confluence, PA for the opening of Business/Front | Party/Back - an exhibition organized by Touchstone's 2022 Interns. Click for more information
NEW Gallery Hours (beginning next week)* Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. *Closed on Sundays.

Winners from the 2022 Plein Air Painting Event

18 and Over Category

1st Place

Yelena Lamm

2nd Place

Jane Knighton

3rd Place

Justin Mazzei

Honorable Mentions

Lynn Skoff

Jane Knighton

Jennifer McNulty

Colleen Ramsay Hoesch

Under 18 Category

1st Place

Brynn Campbell

2nd Place

Alexia Tsoukalas

Thank you to all who attended!

Please check back for more artwork from the event

 

Plein Air* Painting along the Historic National Road

Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 10am-2pm

Rain or Shine (pavilion available)

 

Get outside and paint! Join artists from Touchstone at Christian W. Klay Winery in Chalkhill, PA during the Annual National Road Festival.

 

Artists of all skill levels are invited to participate.

Cost is $25 Adult participant | $10 Under 18 participant | Free to observe

Please register in advance. RAIN OR SHINE (no refunds)

 

Demonstrations and Prizes!

Prizes for participants 18 and over include:

  • First place: Featured Artwork on 1/4 page in Plein Air magazine
  • Second Place: Month long Featured artwork on Outdoorpainter.com 
  • Third Place: One year subscription to Plein Air magazine

Prizes for participants under 18 will feature Touchstone merchandise

 

Event Address: 412 Fayette Springs Rd., Chalkhill, PA 15421

There will be plenty of outdoor space to practice social distancing!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. We love pets but only service animals are permitted. For information about local hotels and restaurants, please visit golaurelhighlands.com.

 

Be inspired through direct observation of this beautiful location along the Historic National Road. Bring your own supplies and paint, draw, or photograph alongside beginner and seasoned artisans. Enjoy demonstrations with tips for painting outdoors. Following the event, have your work photographed for judging and a chance to win prizes.

 

*'Plein Air' is a French term pronounced "plen" or "plain" that means 'Open Air.' Plein Air Painting is the popular practice of painting outdoors. For more information, visit outdoorpainter.com

 

at Christian W. Klay Winery

Artwork by William Pfahl, 2021

Event Address:

412 Fayette Springs Rd.

Chalkhill, PA 15421

(Located just off the Historic National Road (Rt. 40) and 5 miles from Touchstone)

Sponsored by National Road Heritage Corridor, Plein Air Magazine, and GO Laurel Highlands. Funded in part by the Fayette County Tourism Grant Program.

 

Special thanks to Christian W. Klay Winery for allowing the artists to be inspired by this beautiful location.

 

About the Demonstrators:

Artwork pictured by William Pfahl. View more at williampfahl-fineart.com

William Pfahl

William Daniel Pfahl is a Plein Air Painter, working in oil and pastel. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is best known for his cityscapes and landscapes of surrounding areas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and studied in Rome + Florence, Italy through the RISD European Honors Program. Click to Learn More...

Artwork pictured by Rita K. Haldeman. View more at ritahaldeman.com

Rita K. Haldeman

A resident of Western Pennsylvania, Rita K. Haldeman has been painting since childhood. After receiving a B.A. in art from The Pennsylvania State University, she pursued graduate studies at the Vermont Studio School and Colony, and also studied at the Cape School of Art in Cape Cod. Click to Learn More...

COVID-19 Policy for the Plein Air Event: We will default to the policies and requirements of participating venues. Touchstone will not be collecting proof of vaccination for this event. We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. We recommend that participants wear masks and social distance when in close proximity to other participants.

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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