The Tinicum Arts Festival returns to the shaded grounds of Tinicum Park in Erwinna on July 9 and 10.
Visitors can see the creations of more than 140 artists and craftsmen displayed under the trees, discover treasures at the White Elephant tent, choose from thousands of volumes at the Book Wagon, bid at the silent auction, enjoy a live musical entertainment – while enjoying a freshly squeezed lemonade, sandwich or homemade dessert in the picnic grove. And there are special activities for kids and summer fun for everyone.
The centerpiece of the festival is the Art Barn – the bank’s iconic barn which features a juried art exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. The jurors for the exhibition are: Christine McHugh of Richlandtown and Tom Chesar of Stockton, NJ
McHugh has painted scenic vistas beginning in Bucks County and leading far and wide over the past 24 years. She started on a rainy day in 1998 after finding a pan of her daughter’s watercolors – and inspiration has been her companion ever since. In addition to being the festival’s featured artist in previous years, McHugh has shown locally and on Cape Cod.
Chesar has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the region, including the Tinicum Civic Association’s Stover Mill Art Gallery. He is the recipient of over 80 awards and his paintings are represented in public and private collections across the country. “I’ve always believed there’s a joyful magic in creating art and I consider myself blessed to wake up each day knowing I’ll be able to paint,” he said.
The Tinicum Arts Festival is a favorite Bucks County summertime tradition and the primary fundraiser for the all-volunteer Tinicum Civic Association, which raises money for other nonprofits in the area. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. For more information, visit TinicumArtsFestival.org.