Join the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department at Gring’s Mill for a beautiful day in the parks! Plein air is a perfect way to get outside and create. This artform is for everyone, professional artists and those just looking to have some fun! Grab any materials you have: a sketchbook, pencils, canvasses, paints, and more, pack yourself a picnic lunch, and bring them along!

Meet local artists who love to paint and draw outdoors, and join others while we make Grings Mill ‘picture perfect’. Participants need no experience, just a willingness to create an image from something they see and enjoy our park setting. Artists can ‘check in’ upon arrival and be involved in an online Facebook gallery of the day’s work if they choose, or just show up and pick your spot.

Scenic vistas abound in this park, so you may want to scope out your location in advance to save time. Local plein air artists will be on hand to answer questions about creating outdoors, and children can create a masterpiece of their own using chalk in our “Sidewalk Gallery”.

This free-flowing event focuses on getting everybody outside and seeing the parks in a new light while engaging in the arts, both important for our quality of life. Be sure to ‘check in’ again at the end of the day to share your newly created masterpiece and be included in our online gallery. A limited amount of art supplies will be available for children, but not guaranteed, so please bring your own.

Are you a professional artist who loves to paint outside? Want to share your love for your craft? We welcome artists interested in demo-ing their process with the public, or even just talking about their work. You keep anything you create, and we get new people interested in the parks and the outdoors- a win-win! Contact Lisa Gauker to inquire about sharing your process during this event: lgauker@countyofberks.com.