The Tinicum Arts Festival annually features a “living art” tradition with the creation of an original painting by a distinguished regional artist. This year the festival — to be held July 8 and 9 — will welcome artist Cindy Roesinger of Doylestown.
On opening day of the festival, visitors can meet and watch Roesinger paint en plein air as she captures Tinicum Park’s iconic bank barn. At the end of the day Roesinger will donate the painting for bidding at the Silent Auction Tent.
Roesinger’s medium of choice is oil, and her tools are the painting knife and big brushes. Her subjects often include landscapes, farms and still life, and are most often inspired by the colors and textures of her subjects. Roesinger’s latest creations are guided by “an inner visceral response to the lyrical quality unfolding within the work.”
The artist was inspired by her parents who raised her in a creative household with freedom to explore nature and her natural abilities and to simply figure things out. Roesinger explored sewing, even making her own wedding dress, took up photography and went on to earn a BFA in photography in 1986, leading to a rewarding career in New York city as a photo editor.
In 2001, Roesinger’s family of four moved to Bucks County. Influenced by both the early and contemporary Bucks County Impressionists, she first picked up a paintbrush in 2008 and hasn’t been able to put it down since. Wanting to follow her own artistic voice, she set about the task of teaching herself to paint.
Roesinger’s art has garnered international awards, including Artist of the Year Finalist for the Circle Foundation for the Arts, 1st and 3rd place in the American Art Awards, the Artist’s Magazine Juried Competitions, Gallery Ring Competitions, publication in the Illuminate edition of Apero and the Bucks County magazines, as well as inclusion in film, and notable invitational and solo exhibitions. She is currently represented by Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery in Washington Crossing and Maureen’s Gallery in Exton.
Past distinguished artists at the festival have included Jim Green, Patrice DeVirgilis, Helena van Emmerick-Finn, Christine McHugh, Jessie Krause, Dorothy Hoeschen, Kay King, John Schmidtberger, Ty Hodanish, Robert Beck, Trisha Vergis, Peter Hunt and Doug Sardo. This year Roesinger will join this esteemed artist group.
The 72nd Tinicum Arts Festival will take place at Tinicum Park, Route 32 (River Road), Erwinna, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8 and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9. For information, visit www.TinicumArtsFestival.org. Applications are available for crafters and artists, and art barn exhibits.