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Augusta Plein Air Artists Enjoy Pretty Day of Painting in New Melle/Marthasville Area

By Dianne Sudbrock

Over 70 artists from the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival participated in two events in/near New Melle on Monday, April 26, 2021.

The first event was an early morning paint out at the home of Carla and Phil Brakensiek on Paul Road, west of Hwy. T (Marthasville address.) Just over 40 artists enjoyed the beautiful sunny day painting garden and wooded areas, open fields, and neighboring farm scenes.

The $500 purchase award, sponsored by Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique in New Melle, was won by Marty Coulter – “Catala Spring.” Winning Honorable Mentions were Kim Kwaz McKerracher for “Be Still” and Chris Willey for “Spring Marthasville Field.” 

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Winners of the Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique Paint Out at Carla and Phil Brakensiek's
(L-R): Host, Carla Brakensiek, 1st Place Winner Marty Coulter "Catala Spring",
Honorable Mention Kim Kwaz McKerracher "Be Still",  Chris Willey "Spring Marthasville Field"
and event judge Jane Mudd. Photo courtesy of Annie Hauser.

2. Jack Leandro Rhode Island 10 yrs IMG_5233.jpg
Jack Leandro, from Rhode Island. This is his 10th year participating in the
Augusta Plein Air Art Festival. He said Augusta is like a Norman Rockwell Town.
"The scenery is beautiful, and the people are great. It's unbelievable."

3. allison Laupp Defiance IMG_5264.jpg
Allison Laupp, Defiance, MO -- She has participated in this event several years.

4. David Poe washington MO 2nd year IMG_5238.jpg
David Poe, Washington, MO. This is his second year participating.

5. Susan Rogers Millstadt, IL 18 years IMG_5248.jpg
Susan Rogers, Millstadt, IL Susan has attended the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival
every year since it started, 18 years ago!

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Some of the paintings created during the Catala paint out.

Following the Catala Paint Out, the artists painted in and around New Melle from noon to 5:30 p.m. Over 70 artists registered for that event which was hosted at the Quarry Wine Garden on Hwy. Z. The $500 Purchase Award was sponsored by Peoples Savings Bank. The New Melle Chamber of Commerce provided the artists with pictures of potential places to paint in the community and a map to those locations, a $5-off lunch coupon, and a ticket for a complimentary glass of wine from Peoples Savings Bank along with a souvenir wine glass from the chamber.

Throughout the day, artists set up their easels and painted local landscapes, buildings and other items of interest in and around town. Eighteen people invited artists to paint at their private properties, providing a wealth of creative opportunities for the artists. The day culminated with a reception, art sale, and awards presentation at the Quarry Wine Garden.

The $500 1st Place Purchase Award, sponsored by Peoples Savings Bank, was won by Vicki White for “Dan’s Pond” painted at the home of Dan and Becky Main on Birch Tree Lane. Receiving Honorable Mentions were Spencer Meagher for “Sun Stripes”, a building painted at Ron and Kim Oberlag’s home on Hwy. DD, and Troy Tatlock for “Dan’s Country Meats” painted on Mill Street in New Melle.

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Winning artists at the New Melle Paint Out (L-R): Event judge Jane Mudd,
Debbie James from People's Savings Bank (the $500 Purchase Award Sponsor),
Honorable Mention "Dan's Country Meats" by Troy Tatlock, event winner "Dan's Pond"
by Vicki White, Honorable Mention "Sun Stripes" by Spencer Meagher,
and Matt Johnson, Peoples Savings Bank New Melle Branch Manager.

2. Karen Raidy painting statue st. louis IMG_5294.jpg
Karen Raidy from St. Louis painting the New Melle Immigrant Statue
and St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

3. George Rhys Canyon Lake TX 8-9 years at Sudbrocks IMG_5310.jpg
George Rhys, Canyon Lake, TX painting on Foristell Road.

4. matt miller & Caroline Goldsmith at pets new melleIMG_5278.jpg
Matt Miller, St. Charles, MO and Caroline Goldsmith, Monticello, IL,
painting a barn in New Melle.

5. Spencer Meagher Mt. Vernon, IL painting at Oberlags since 2012 IMG_5318.jpg
Spencer Meagher, Mt. Vernon, IL painting at the Oberlag's at Sorenson Kennel.

6. Coffman Leigh on Schwede Rd Tonganoxie, KS IMG_5327.jpg
Leigh Coffman, Tonganoxie, KS, painting at a private property on Schwede Road.

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Art for sale. 

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Art for sale. 

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Art for sale. 

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Local ladies enjoying the reception.

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Local ladies enjoying the reception.

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Artists and residents at the reception.


Kyle Shell, speaking on behalf of the New Melle Chamber of Commerce, complimented the artists, thanked them for coming, and thanked everyone from the community who support the artists in their endeavors. “It’s so neat to have the opportunity to purchase original artwork showcasing our local community.” Shell also thanked the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce Plein Air committee for putting on an outstanding 10-day event for the artists, and for inviting New Melle to be part of it.

The Augusta Plein Air committee appreciates Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique, Peoples Savings Bank, the New Melle Chamber of Commerce, the Quarry Wine Garden, and the community at large for their hospitality and support. At the end of the day, over 17 paintings were purchased, valued at over $5000.

Special thanks are extended to the chamber members who volunteered their time to help, to the management and staff at the Quarry Wine Garden, to the New Melle VFW members for putting up flags along the streets and loaning the use of small flags to help direct artists to various locations, to the people from the community who invited artists to their properties, and to anyone else who supported the event in any way.

The Augusta Plein Air Art Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the best Plein Air art events in the Midwest. The 10-day event culminated with a final sale on Saturday, May 1st in the Augusta Town Square. A portion of the proceeds from the event supports scholarships for students who live in the Augusta Fire Protection District.

Photos and results from all 10 days of the event, as well as information for next year as it becomes available, can be found at www.augustapleinair.com and on the Augusta Plein Air Facebook page.