What is plein air?  What does it have to do with the Morristown Public Library?

Plein air simply means "in the open air", a French term that became intimately linked with painting after the invention of the tube container.  Before that, artists were restricted to their studios where paints had to be mixed.  But with the portable tube they could venture out of doors and use the natural light of the sun.  Voila'!  It's the era of impressionists. 

A Plein Air Festival is an event where artists are invited to come into an area and paint the scenery.  The paintings will be offered for sale to the general public, with the sponsor, in this case the library, receiving a percentage of the profits.  Morristown's 2020 festival will be Thursday,  July 30th - Sunday, August 2nd.  The festival has room for 30 artists to compete for $1,750 in locally-sponsored cash prizes.  There will be opportunities and incentives for enthusiasts to watch the artists paint, mingle with them at evening social events and purchase their work.  We need to ask our friends and neighbors, both private and commercial, for support of our plein air event. 

Maybe you are able to:


  • sponsor a prize?
  • offer visitor discounts during the event? 
  • provide lodging for a visiting artist?
  • allow artists to paint in your beautiful garden?
  • volunteer with the committee?
  • offer a monetary donation?

Community support is critical for the Morristown Plein Air Festival's success.  Please call Bridget during library hours at 375-8833 or email mtnlib@ncls.org to pledge your support today!

Whatever you are able to provide, we know it will be grand because


"the sun always shines on the Morristown Public Library"