2013 Plein Air Art Festival – Augusta, MIssouri

11th Augusta Plein Air Art Festival, April 17th – 27th, 2013

As many as 100 artists from Missouri and surrounding states are expected to arrive in Historic Missouri Wine Country during the period of April 17th through April 27th for the 11th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Artists will be completing their pieces in the tradition of Plein Air (outdoors), capturing the nuances of natural light in their work. The beauty and hospitality of the area has attracted an increasing number of participants each year. Many of the participating artists are shown in galleries across the state.

Artists may be observed painting in the town of Augusta and in the surrounding countryside. The historic buildings and barns of the area, the emerging signs of spring, and the rolling hills and vineyards, lakes and the Missouri river provide a wide array of subject matter for the artists, as well as for visitors to the area. Find a beautiful view and you will likely spot an artist. In addition to the wide open spaces, several area businesses including Sugar Creek Winery, Mt. Pleasant Winery, Chandler Hill Vineyards, Blumenhof Winery, Augusta Brewing Co, Yellow Farmhouse Winery, Augusta Winery and Beer Garden and Balducci Vineyards will be hosting the artists for a day of painting during the 10 day period. The public is invited to observe the development of a piece of art from conception to completion at the various painting locations. A judging panel will select a painting for a purchase award to be made at a social hour/reception following the day of painting at each hosted event. The public will have a unique opportunity to meet the artists and consider their own purchase of a piece of artwork produced that day. Also, the visitors will be treated to special activities (wine tastings, especially prepared meals, etc.) at the various businesses while the Artists paint.

Members of this small community graciously welcome the artists into their midst. The Augusta Visitors Center in Augusta is the gathering place for the artists who can start each day with coffee or tea, a homemade breakfast pastry or some fruit or just take a break from the elements, have a snack and meet with friends.

Visitors can stop by the Visitor Center and check on the schedule for the day and find their favorite artist.

The Augusta Plein Air Festival culminates with judging, awards, sale & auction on the final day. Prizes are awarded in five categories: oil, acrylic, pastel, water color, and mixed media. A total of approximately $6000 will be awarded in prizes. Winning artwork will be sold at auction and artists will be displaying/selling remaining work all day. A portion of the proceeds from the sale are used to fund the Plein Air Scholarship which is awarded to selected Augusta area students.

You are invited to come and welcome spring in beautiful Historic Missouri Wine Country and meet the artists who are capturing the place and season on their canvases.