Community Interest

The 18th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival April 22 - May 1, 2021

The Augusta Plein Air Art Festival will be April 22 - May 1, 2021. 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 it’s 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.

For the nearly 100 artists who will participate, the festival provides the opportunity to expand their market, enhance their skills, receive recognition for their art, and simply experience Missouri Wine Country in the company of other artists. As such, it is open to artists of all levels. A single fee covers the entire Festival. Artists may participate in select or all events, with additional fees assessed for workshops and a private estate paint. 

The public is invited to 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. 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, the festival features a Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Augusta Harmonie-Verein for daily viewing and purchases. 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 18th Annual Plein Air Art Festival.

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 in Augusta as well as on location at each special event. The Final Sale and Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Augusta Town Square. Awards and scholarship announcements will begin at 11:30am, followed by an art sale from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Food, drink and live music by Tim Kampen’s Jazz Expedition make this a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

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3. Buchs Thomas Waukesha WI print IMG_7571.jpgThomas Buchs, Painting in Marthasville, MO 2019