Community Interest

The Augusta Plein Air Festival - 10 Days of Art, Community and Fun!

By Kathy Miller

The 19th Annual Augusta Plein Air Festival was held from April 21 - 30, with 115 artists registered from all over the country. The Festival held 13 “paint outs” in and around the Augusta area; four themed paints; four workshops; and two pop-up galleries, all in ten days. The goal of the Augusta Plein Air Committee is to enrich community life through appreciation of and participation in the arts, and to encourage artists to develop their talents and pursue their careers. The Augusta Plein Air Art Festival is open to artists of all levels, from novice to accomplished, including activities available to local area students, providing opportunities to learn and compete.

In keeping with the tradition of Plein air, all art on display and sold had been produced during the 2022 Festival. You could see the beauty of spring in Missouri Wine Country through the artists’ eyes, and the patrons had the opportunity to meet talented artists and hear their amazing stories.

Funds raised through the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival support the work of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce to promote a healthy cultural and economic community and to support the work of the Augusta Heritage Foundation. This includes educational scholarships to local area students; click here to see this year's winners

On April 30, the Festival ended with the final judging and sale for the event. The artists had the opportunity to display and sell their work from the Festival. The big winner of the day was Farley Lewis, for his painting - Hope of a New Day. Farely’s painting won People’s Choice, Artist’s Choice and Best of Show. The Festival also included a pancake breakfast provided by Ebenezer UCC Church in Augusta. A Youth Art Experience booth with complimentary supplies available for children wishing to create their own masterpiece, and other activities around town.

Lynn Buchheit emceed the event and thanked the sponsors, event hosts, volunteers, judges and venues. Lynn also thanked the artists for participating and all the hard work they put into this event each year; some artists have been coming since the Plein Air began 19 years ago. Special thanks to the community for supporting the event year after year and the many residents who have opened their homes to the artists. A very special thanks to the Augusta Heritage Foundation, The Harmonie Verein and the Town of Augusta. Detailed information about the 2022 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival and a complete list of sponsors can be found at www.augustapleinair.com.

Each year the all-volunteer Committee puts in great effort and endless hours to pull off such a fantastic event; they strive to provide a welcoming and productive environment for the artists and an exciting experience for the patrons. A huge thank you to the 2022 Augusta Plein Air Committee members - Co-Chairs, Lynn Buchheit and Cindy Kedroski. Members - Kate Aufderheide, Ranko Radoman, Vicki Gwinn, Kathleen Turner, Susie Snyders, Ann Struckhoff, Jo Ann Milster and this year’s Jr. Helper - Mia Baker. Congratulations and a job well done for another successful Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.

Pictures from the New Melle Paint Out. 

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People's Choice, Artist's Choice and Best of Show – Farley Lewis, Hope of a New Day.

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Pastel Winners: (Left) 1st – Susan Rogers, Another Redbud; (Center) 2nd – Mary Beth Drabiszczak, Lost Land;
(Right) 3rd – Brent O'Connor, Five O'Clock Somewhere; (Left) Honorable Mention – Susan Rogers, Green Canoe.

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Water Colors Winners: 1st – Cynthia Schanink, (not pictured) Webster & High Street; (Left) 2nd – Denny Dowdy, Sunflower Hill Farm;
3rd – Cynthia Schanink, (not pictured) Heighth at Klondike; (Right) Honorable Mention – Alex Hamil, Faded Bottoms.


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Acrylic Winners: (Center) 1st – Farley Lewis, Hope of a New Day; (Right) 2nd – John Whytock, Early Spring;
(Left) 3rd – Craig Thomas, Truck; (Center) Honorable Mention – Farley Lewis, Mount Pleasant Colors. 

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Acrylic Winners: (Center) 1st – Farley Lewis, Hope of a New Day; (Right) 2nd – John Whytock, Early Spring;
(Left) 3rd – Craig Thomas, Truck; (Center) Honorable Mention – Farley Lewis, Mount Pleasant Colors. 

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