The Final Sale and Awards ceremony for the 2021 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival was Saturday, May 1. The sale had a whole new look and feel this year, as artists set up booths along streets around the town square where there was a live jazz band, food, drinks and kids’ activities.
Over 120 artists from 16 states participated this year; 25 of those for the first time. Hundreds of paintings were created and 240 were sold during the 10-day festival. Included in those sold were 19 $500 purchase awards from the various sponsored venues/special events. On Saturday, there were 24 final awards presented, including Best of Show, Artists’ Choice, and People’s Choice, plus 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mentions in 5 categories: Mixed Media, Watercolor, Pastel, Acrylic and Oil. Judges for the final sale were artists Bryan Haynes, Lisa Ober and Shawn Cornell.
Artist John Whytock from Springfield, MO headlined the day, winning all three top awards.
Chairperson, Lynn Buckhheit, thanked everyone involved in the event. She gave a very special thank you to the sponsors, advertisers and venue hosts, the judges, committee members, other volunteers, and all who purchased art. Committee members/volunteers included: Cindy Kedrosky (co-chair), Jo Milster, Ann Struckhoff, Kate Aufderheide, Vicki Gwynn and granddaughter Leah Baker, Jessica O’Connor, Debbie Schafer, Corrine Post, Ranko Radoman, Kim Jumper, Kathleen Turner. Buchheit said, “The committee members were amazing, but many others volunteered to help and we appreciate all who donated their time and talent to make this happen.”
Buchheit also thanked the Tim Kampen Jazz Expedition who played Saturday afternoon for tips only, Ebenezer Church for providing a pancake breakfast for the artists Saturday morning and others who provided food for the artists through the week, Erin Leigh Photography, the Hoffman Family of Companies for trolley service, Missouri River Country for sponsoring the Youth Art Experience, the Town Council and Chamber of Commerce, and all the vendors who provided food and drink on Saturday. Vendor booths included all five Augusta AVA wineries (Mount Pleasant, Montelle, Augusta Wine Co., Balducci and Noboleis) plus Good News Brewery, John G’s Taproom, Root, Food + Wine, Kopp Farm to Table Beef, The Augusta PTO and Boy Scouts.
Buchheit concluded, “Thank you all for coming, and please join us again next year.”