Community Interest

New Melle Residents Urged to Invite Artists to Paint at their Property

Artists participating in the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival will be painting in and around New Melle on Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2022. From 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the New Melle Chamber of Commerce and residents will welcome artists to their community. Registration, judging, and an artists’ reception and sale will take place at The Quarry Wine Garden, 3960 Hwy. Z. Art created earlier in the week will be on display and available for purchase throughout the afternoon. Judging for the afternoon’s paintings will begin at 5:30 p.m. The 1st Place $500 purchase prize for the afternoon paint is sponsored by Peoples Savings Bank of New Melle.

FLOWERS AND FLAGS: To help welcome the artists and make our town look its best, we're encouraging a "Flowers and Flags" theme. Residents are asked to have blooming annuals planted by then if possible, and if you have an American flag or spring garden flag, please display it that day.

INVITE ARTISTS TO YOUR PROPERTY: As in years past, residents who live within a 5-mile radius of the New Melle City Hall can invite the artists to paint at their property. The artists often ask where to find older buildings, vintage vehicles, horses, farm animals, and water scenes. Please register in advance so your name and address can be given to the artists.

RECEPTION: An art sale and reception will be held at The Quarry Wine Garden that evening. Artwork created during the day will be for sale at the reception. The public is encouraged to attend. Please come out and enjoy some food, wine and beautiful artwork created in and around New Melle. Judging will be at 5:30 p.m. Come early to see the artwork as it arrives for judging. Artists and New Melle Chamber Members will receive a complimentary glass of wine – courtesy of Peoples Savings Bank.
To invite artists to your property or to volunteer to help that day, please email Dianne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for a schedule of the entire Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.


Some of the paintings created during the New Melle paint out.