Community Interest

Augusta Plein Air Art Festival Award Winners


The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Plein Air Art Festival Awards Ceremony and Final Sale were held April 29, 2018 at Mount Pleasant Estates. This year’s event was one of the best yet, with over 150 artists participating.  Congratulations to D.K. Palecek for winning 1st Place oil and Best of Show for her painting titled “Stoic Abandon”; and to Spencer Meagher for winning 1st Place acrylic, Artist’s Choice and People’s Choice. Thank you to all the artists for joining us this year—so many gorgeous paintings! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the artists at the various events and the final sale. And a huge thank you to all the sponsors who so generously support the event in so many ways. It is amazing how the community comes together for this every year, and we want you all to know you are extremely appreciated.

All Photos by Ida M. Hoffmann-Randall.

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Best of Show and 1st Place Oil winner, “Stoic Abandon” by D.K. Palecek,
with Kathy Kessler, event chair. 


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Artists’ Choice, People’s Choice, and 1st Place Acrylic winner,
“Hidden Treasures” by Spencer Meagher, with Kessler. 


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Oil award winners (Right to Left) 1st Place D.K. Palecek,  2nd place “Centennial Farm” Nyle Gordon,
3rd place “Morning at Red Barns” Tim Tyler, plus 3 Honorable mentions
(held by others) “Sun on St. Paul’s” Nyle Gordon, “Harmonie Verein Gazebo” Larry Rudolech, and “Whipoorwill Lane” Tim Tyler.    


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Acrylic award winners (Right to Left) 1st place Spencer Meagher,
2nd place “Simple Country” Farley Lewis,
3rd place “Farm Hands” Spencer Meagher (held by K. Kessler), Hon. Mention “Backlit Barn” Rebecca McGuire. 


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Water Color Award Winners (Right to Left) 1st - “Augusta Twilight” Peggy Wilson,
2nd - “Daniel Boone Home April 25th” Gary Beazley,
3rd  - “Levee Access” Marcia Willman, Hon. Mention “April in Augusta” Nancy Beard. 


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Mixed Media award winners:  (Left to Right) 1st - “Another Winery” Larry Siwek,
2nd - “Moo Are You? Moo, Moo, Moo, Moo?” Lorraine McFarland,
3rd - “Follow the Creek” Peggy Wilson, HM “The Timber Tinder” Tarin Eicher. 


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Pastel award winners (Left to Right) 1st “Spring in the Countryside” Tatyiana Robberts,
2nd “Spring has Sprung” Michele Wells, “Quince at Daniel Boone’s” Susan Rogers,
Hon. Mention “Rainy Redbud” Allison Laupp.