Last year’s first place plein air winner, Walking Path by Doreen Serago Khebzou of Galloway Township.

The Atlantic County Parks System has put out a call for artists of any skill level or experience to participate in the second annual Plein Air event hosted at all Atlantic County parks Saturday, Sept. 15 (raindate Sept.16).

Participants will be able to sketch and paint outdoors at any one of the county parks including Gaskill and Lake Lenape Parks in Mays Landing, the park at Estell Manor, Weymouth Furnace, Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park in Atlantic City, Leeds Point Nature Area in Galloway, the 7.5-mile county bikeway and more.

“Last year’s inaugural event was very well received so we are pleased to host it again. Our parks are a tremendous resource that provide enjoyment to so many,” Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said. “We are grateful for the support of Friends of the Parks and Atlantic Cape in showcasing these amenities as well as the talents of our citizens.”

All participants must register the day of the event beginning at 8 a.m. at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor and submit completed artwork by 6:30 p.m. that evening. There is a $20 fee to participate for up to two pieces.

Honorable mention, Weymouth Furnance by Linda Reardon Gazsi of Somers Point.

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Parks, Inc., a non-profit citizens group established in 1985 to help promote Atlantic County parks, and Atlantic Cape Community College which will hold an exhibit of submitted works Sept. 27 through Oct. 27 at the college’s art gallery on the Mays Landing campus.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three selections at the plein air exhibit opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Atlantic Cape Art Gallery.

For more information, see or Atlantic County Friends of the Parks on Facebook.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.