Press Release

Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters 2nd Annual Art Exhibit

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.—The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters will exhibit their
recent paintings at the Mechanicsburg Art Center from Saturday, Dec. 8, through January
4. A free reception is set for opening Saturday, from 1-3 p.m., and refreshments will be
served. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this exhibit will benefit the center.
The exhibit will feature works by 20 local artists. All paintings were created at various
locations in Central Pennsylvania, as well as other areas of interest.

The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters are known throughout the area and are
often seen painting at public venues. The group strives to encourage and inspire its
members, as well as educate the public, on the art of “plein air” painting, a French term
for “open air.” Plein air paintings are created outside, on location, where the artist deals
with all the natural elements: sun, wind, bugs and especially the rapidly changing light.
These challenges force the artist to work quickly, which often gives an Impressionistic,
painterly quality to the work.

Members of the painting group share their images and ideas on their blog,

One-third of the sales from this exhibit will go to the Mechanisburg Art Center,
a nonprofit organization that has provided art instruction to the local community
since 1954. It is located in a century old red barn on Trindle Road, 2 miles West
of Mechanicsburg. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4
p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information visit the center’s website

Participating artists:

Bill Andrew
Donna Berk Barlup
Susan Benigni-Landis
Sharon Benner
Mary Beth Brath
Paul Gallo
Jeannie Hartman
John Hassler
Jim Henry
Ralph Hocker
Patricia Walach Keough
Clare Klaum
Pat Koscienski
Debra Kreiger
Larry Lerew
Cecelia Lyden
Madeline Reilly
Julie Riker
Cathy Stone
Linda Young