Community Interest

Augusta Plein Air Art Festival – For Artists and Art Lovers – Starts 4/24

The 17th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival will be April 24 through May 5th.

For Artists: The Augusta Plein Air Art Festival provides artists with the opportunity to expand their markets, to enhance their skills, to receive recognition for their art, and to simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists and as such it is open to artists of all levels. Workshops will be held throughout the event, and registration is now open.

For Art Lovers: The public is invited to observe the art unfold before their eyes each day at events hosted by local businesses and neighboring communities.  Unique events will be featured each day during the festival at a variety of locations from local wineries to historic sites, with special Days in surrounding towns. Along with special events, we will feature a Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Harmonie-Verein/American Legion Hall for viewing art and purchases daily until 10 p.m. (Click here for schedule.)

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 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 stay overnight, the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Join us for one or many of the events. Get to know the artists, enjoy small town hospitality and take in the beauty of spring throughout the 11-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 150 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, awards and the Final Sale will take place at Mount Pleasant Estates on May 5, 2019.

For more information visit and follow the event on FaceBook for live feeds and daily updates.

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Susan Plourde of St. Charles painting in the
2018 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.