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 18th to 29th this year.

The public is invited to observe art unfold before their eyes at unique events featured each day throughout the festival at various locations from wineries to historic sites, to surrounding communities. Along with special events, there will be a Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Harmonie-Verein/American Legion Hall for viewing and purchasing art daily until 10 PM. 

This 12-day festival is a wonderful way to enjoy and appreciate Missouri wine country with its beautiful, scenic rolling hills and river bluffs,  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 appre-ciates the arts, come out for a day or spend the week! The festival has something for everyone to enjoy.

There will be multiple opportunities to get to know the artists, experience small town hospitality, and enjoy the beauty of spring in Missouri during the 12-day event.

Over 120 artists are anticipated to attend the event from throughout the Midwest. The artists will be scattered about the towns of Defiance, New Melle, Augusta, Washington and more, 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 Sunday, April 29, 2018.

1. Peggy Wilson Grandpa Alvins Truck web IMG_9892.jpg

Peggy Wilson painting in 2017

Art on Display - Barbara Holder's work from the event 2014 web  IMG_1483.jpgArt on display at the final sale, 2014. This year's final sale will be Sunday, April 29.

Daily Events List (Click here to view the flyer for details.)

Wed., 4/18      Welcome Reception – Augusta Winery
Thurs., 4/19    Augusta Shores - all day
Fri., 4/20         Montelle Winery 8-12:30, Noboleis Quick Paint 5-6:30
Sat., 4/21        Lake Creek, 10-2, Dinner w/Concert at Harmonie Verein.
Sun., 4/22       Sunday morning in Augusta, Defiance Ridge Vineyards 1-5
Mon., 4/23      Private Estate Paint Out, Children’s Paint Out, Reception at Neighborhood Reads in Washington, 5:30-7:30
Tues., 4/24     New Melle Paint Out 11 - 6
Wed., 4/25      Daniel Boone Home 9 - 2, Chandler Hill 3 - 7
Thurs., 4/26    Sugar Creek 8-12:30, Life on the Farm Theme Paint
Fri., 4/27         Nocturne Paint judging 2:30, Balducci Sunset Paint 4-Sunset
Sat., 4/28        Frisella Nursery Sunrise to noon, Artists’ Choice Voting,  People’s Choice Voting, Dance Party 6-9 p.m.
Sun., 4/29       Final Judging, Awards, Sale - Mt. Pleasant Estates

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