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The Atlantic County Park System is calling artists of any skill level or experience to participate in its third annual Plein Air event hosted at Atlantic County Parks Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 (rain date Sept. 29).

Participants will be able to sketch and paint outdoors at any one of the county parks that include 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.

“Plein Air is becoming very popular and we are pleased to provide this opportunity to our residents in cooperation with  Friends of the Parks and Atlantic Cape Community College,” Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said. “it is a great way to promote our wonderful parks system and show our support of the arts.”

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.

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 Oct. 3  through Nov. 30 at the college’s art gallery on the Mays Landing campus.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three selections at a Plein Air Exhibit opening reception being held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Atlantic Cape Art Gallery.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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