Community Interest

Artists and Art Lovers Invited to Augusta Plein Air Art Festival April 18-29

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival from April 18 to 29th this year.

The public is invited to observe art unfold before their eyes each day at events hosted by local business, private estates and neighboring communities.  Unique events will be featured each day throughout the festival at a variety of locations from local wineries to historic sites, with special Days in surrounding towns. Along with special events, there will be a Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Harmonie-Verein/American Legion Hall for viewing art and purchases daily until 10 PM. 

This is a wonderful way to enjoy and appreciate 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 will you watch the art be created each day, but you will also have the opportunity to purchase the art straight from the easel. Whether you are a serious buyer, or someone who simply appreciates the arts, come out for a day or spend the week! The festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Join us for one or many of the events and get to know the artists, enjoy small town hospitality and the beauty of spring in Missouri during the 10-day event.

Picture the vineyards cascading with lime green foliage, the dogwoods in bloom, the bountiful colors of red buds, lilacs, tulips and irises with a lush green backdrop, and tones of brown and green making up the quilted patterns of the fields viewed from the Missouri River bluff, with each scene receiving radiant light from the sun giving each moment of the day its own unique beauty. This is what the plein air artists will be expressing on canvas, when The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.

Over 120 artists are anticipated to attend the event. The artists will be scattered about the small towns of Defiance, New Melle, and Augusta capturing the rolling hills of wine country, propped along the Missouri River bluff, fixed upon prosperous farmland, tucked along the Katy Trail and recreating historic structures on their canvas.

Art completed during the Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival will be on display and available for sale each day of the Festival at the Harmonie-Verein/American Legion Hall in Augusta as well as on location at each special event. Judging and awards and the Final Sale will take place at Mount Pleasant Estates on April 29, 2018.

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Craig Thomas of Cape Girardeau painting near New Melle, 2017.