Plein Air Painting in the Park

A great day was had on:

Saturday May 1, 12:30-4 PM 

Artists brought  easels, brushes and paints, and set up in Brightwood Park. and enjoyed some scenic painting time with fellow artists.  Prizes were awarded!  Thanks to Jackie Civins of Evelyn Dunn Gallery for judging. 

And the winner is…! The Plein Air Painting Day and competition jointly sponsored by The Friends of Brightwood Park and the Westfield Art Association at Brightwood Park this weekend was a huge success! All paintings were described as “all worthy of prizes” by Judge Jackie Civins of Evelyn Dunn Gallery in Westfield. About 12-13 painters came to paint and a few others came to just see the park and say hello.

All agreed that Brightwood Park is a gem! We have heard positive feedback about the day. Thanks to all who helped out!

Artists came from near and far.

Heda Metiejunas of Clark was awarded first prize for her oil painting.

William Martin of Glen Gardner was awarded second prize for his oil painting.

Jocelyn Wong of Cherry Hill was awarded third prize for her watercolor painting.

All paintings were fantastic in the 2 1/2 hours allotted for the timed paint out.

Artists displayed their work in the parking lot for judging.

New friends were made, and we all enjoyed seeing Brightwood Park through these artists eyes.

Thank you to everyone who made it out! Congratulations to everyone!

The first place winner, Heda Matiejunas of Clark, a member of the Westfield Art Association, has graciously offered to donate her prize-winning painting to us to hang in our “headquarters” or to auction as a fund raiser.  She said “Today was fun.  I hope it is the beginning of a new tradition for Plein Air painting.” 

“I went to the Brightwood Park in Westfield. I saw some of my friends that I haven’t saw seems the virus happened .Yesterday we talk even a little bit and feels so good. The park is so beautiful and has a very natural look , feeling so well to breath the out door breeze there. My Painting got the 3rd price award. Thanks to the Brightwood Park and the Westfield Art Association arrange this event.” Jocelyn Wong, Cherry Hill

“Had a great time painting at Brightwood Park PaintOut very serene little park. Things got off to a bit of a rough start.  I found I hadn’t clean the glass in my pochade box since my last outing, and that I had left my brushes at home. Fortunately I was able to grab some brushes from my watercolor kit and make do.  Thanks the event organizers and volunteers who were absolutely amazing and super friendly. Also thanks to the event juror for the second place award.” 
William Martin, Glen Gardner

Art in the park. A plein air event

The Friends of Brightwood Park and the Westfield Art Association are hosting “Art in the park. A plein air event” on May 1st in Brightwood Park, Westfield NJ

Register Here

Artist of all levels are welcome to bring your art supplies, easel, brushes and paints, and set up in Brightwood Park. Create a quick painting with fellow artists. There will be an opportunity to display your art at the end of the event if you choose to. We will have a judge and award prizes. Masks required.

First Place $100

Second Place $50

Third Place $25

12:30-1 arrival and a timed paint from
1-3:30, with a set-up of paintings for judging by 4:00.

Entry Fee $20

(Free for Westfield Art Association Members)

Or register the day of the event

Terms subject to change

Winter’s End Art Challenge

We are giving you an extra 5 days to submit your work for the Winter’s End Art Challenge! Get it in by Friday, March 19th!

Dear Artists! Welcome to our Winter’s End Art Challenge. This time it is a landscape!

Everyone participating will make their own interpretation of this lovely sunset. Use any medium and get creative with it! Then we will proudly display your work on our website and Facebook Group. This time, to shake things up, the winner will be chosen at random. The person that wins will receive a prize: a $25 gift certificate to Blick Art Supplies. Read all the rules for participating below.

Here are some rules:

  • Paint, draw or sketch the image provided.
  • You can use any medium and any size: draw it, paint it, sculpt it, ink it.
  • Use your imagination to interpret this photo to make it your own. 
  • Email us a photo that displays your work in the best possible way by March 15th. We will put the work up on the website, as well as our Facebook group. The winner will be announced the first week of April.
  • We make our best effort to make sure the winner is chosen fairly. For that, we will use a random number generator on Every entry will be numbered in the order it was received, the numbers will be entered into the random number generator, which will return the winning number.  
  • It is free to participate if you are a member of WAA in good standing. If you are not sure when you renewed your membership, feel free to reach out to us. If you would like to purchase or renew your membership you can do so here.
  • This art challenge is open to NJ residents only. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

Happy New Year

We would like to wish you a happy new year! May 2021 bring you much joy, health, happiness, and creativity! 

This year certainly looked different from our other years. As the world around us moved and changed at a pace that was at times difficult to keep up with, we put our best efforts toward making the best of it, and worked tirelessly to bring you engaging opportunities in a format that is safe, but still fun. You have all responded, participated, shared, and reciprocated brilliantly. We had a fantastic fundraiser for our scholarship fund, a holiday online art show/sale and a virtual meet and greet with the artist (which was a lot of fun!), there was an art challenge with a prize, we even were able to squeeze one life show right before the shut down in March. Thank you for willing to share your time and talent with this community. We appreciate you! Thank you for continuing your support of Westfield Art Association!  

We promise to keep going forward, to come up with more great opportunities for us to feel connected, to pursue and share our artistic skills with the world together. Whether it is virtual, or in person in a safe and responsible way, we are here for you.

As this year comes to a close, we would love to hear from you. Please, feel free to email us any questions, suggestions, or positive feedback. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

  • What did you love about the year? What would you like for us to do differently?
  • Do you have an idea for an event?
  • Remember, we always accept applications from our artists that would like to do a demonstration for the group.
  • Keep in mind, that you can have a page on our website built! Just respond to this email, and we will work on it together.
  • We also accept applications for board members. It is a great way to volunteer in your community.

If you have not yet done so, the end of the year is also a great time to renew your membership!

Your continuous patronage has allowed us to bring art to the community by organizing exciting events, lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and more.  We are the oldest arts organization in the state, in our 99th year of continuous operation featuring arts events and activities. 

On our website you will find a membership application that you can print, fill out and mail to us with a check to Westfield Art Association, P.O. Box 874, Westfield NJ, 07091. If you prefer, you can apply and make a payment online at:

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for being a part of our group and helping support the local art community.

Happy New Year,