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21st Annual Augusta Plein Air Event April 25 - May 4

The Augusta Plein Air Art Festival is returning for its 21st year. The Festival will begin on Thursday, April 25, and wrap up on Saturday, May 4, in the Augusta Town Square.


Each day, completed art will be displayed and available for sale at the Augusta Harmonie-Verein, 5333 Hackmann Rd, and on location at each special event. Final judging, awards and sales will be on May 4, 2024.

The public is invited to observe art unfolding before their eyes each day at “paint-out” events in various locations, from local wineries to historical sites, with special days in surrounding towns. Over 100 artists will be scattered about the small towns of Defiance, New Melle, and Augusta, capturing and recreating the rolling hills of wine country, the Missouri River bluff, prosperous farmland, the Katy Trail and historic structures.

The Plein Air Festival allows artists to expand their markets, enhance their skills, receive recognition for their art, and simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists. It is open to artists of all levels.

Artists - If you would like to participate in the Augusta Plein Air, a single fee covers the entire Festival (artists may participate in select or all events.) Additional fees for workshops and Private Estate events. Several workshops are scheduled: Framing How to - Tricks of the Trade, Landscape and Sky in Watercolor, Dramatic Landscapes, and Creating Mood and Atmosphere.

Online registration closes on April 24, 2024. In-person registration closes on April 26. To register, for more information and a calendar of events, visit www.augustapleinair.com.
Art Lovers - Escape to Missouri wine country with its beautiful, scenic rolling hills and river bluffs; experience the fun-filled events of the festival and award-winning wineries. Not only can you watch the art being created each day, but you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase the art straight from the easel!

Whether you are a serious buyer or simply appreciate the arts, come out for a day or stay overnight – the festival has something for everyone to enjoy.