Augusta Plein Air Festival – 10 days of art, community and fun!

The 19th annual Augusta Plein Air Festival was held from April 21 to 30, featuring 115 artists from across the country. The festival held 13 “paint outs” in the Augusta area; four themed colors; four workshops; and two pop-up galleries, all in ten days. The goal of the Plein Air Committee of August is to enrich the life of the community through appreciation 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 beginners to advanced, including activities available to students from the local area, providing opportunities for learning and competition.

In accordance with the Plein air tradition, all the exhibited and sold works of art were created during the 2022 Festival. You could see the beauty of spring in Missouri Wine Country through the eyes of artists, and 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 Augusta Grand Chamber of Commerce in promoting a healthy cultural and economic community and support the work of the Augusta Heritage Foundation. This includes educational scholarships for students from the local area; click here to see this year’s winners.

On April 30, the Festival ended with the final evaluation and sale of the event. Artists had the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works from the Festival. The big winner of the day was Farley Lewis, for his painting – The Hope of a New Day. Farely’s painting won the People’s Choice, Artist’s Choice and Best of Show. The festival also included a pancake breakfast provided by the Ebenezer UCC Church in Augusta. Youth Art Experience booth with free supplies for children who want to create their own masterpiece and other activities around the city.

Lynn Buchheit led the event and thanked the sponsors, event hosts, volunteers, judges and venues. Lynn also thanked the artists for their participation and their hard work who invested in this event each year; some artists have been coming since Plein Air started 19 years ago. Special thanks to the community that year after year supports this event and the many residents who have opened their homes to the artists. Special thanks to the Augusta Heritage Foundation, The Harmonie Verein and the City of Augusta. Detailed information about the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival 2022 and a complete list of sponsors can be found at www.augustapleinair.com.

Every year, the volunteer board puts in a lot of effort and endless hours to perform such a fantastic event; strive to provide a hospitable and productive environment for artists and an exciting experience for patrons. Many thanks to the members of the Augusta Plein Air 2022 Board – 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 assistant Jr. – Mia Baker. Congratulations and a job well done for another successful Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.

Pictures from New Melle Paint Out.

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

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Pastel winners: (left) 1. – Susan Rogers, Another Redbud; (Center) 2. – Mary Beth Drabiszczak, The Lost Land;
(Right) 3. – Brent O’Connor, Five O’Clock Somewhere; (Left) Commendation – Susan Rogers, Green Canoe.

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Watercolor winners: 1. – Cynthia Schanink, (no picture) Webster & High Street; (Left) 2. – Denny Dowdy, Sunflower Hill Farm;
3. – Cynthia Schanink, (no picture) Heighth at Klondike; (Right) Commendation – Alex Hamil, Faded Bottom.

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

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

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