PLEIN AIR PAINTING FESTIVAL

The Sainte Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event takes place each autumn.  Contemporary painters will find the same French colonial buildings, Victorian commercial structures, and extensive gardens in the downtown historic district that intrigued the artists who founded the Sainte Genevieve Art Colony some 80 years ago.  The ragged Mississippi shoreline, midwestern farms, and remnants of old building sites still appeal.  Seven picturesque wineries, Hawn State Park, Pickle Springs Nature Preserve, and other conservation areas are easily accessible by car.

For 2014, the event will begin Wednesday September 24th, with registration between 8am and 4pm at 109 N. Main daily through September 27th, with work turned by 4pm Saturday, September 27th.  The awards reception will be Saturday, September 27th from 6:30-9 p.m. at the gallery at 109 N. Main, and is begun with the People's Choice vote.   The Plein Air Art Show and Sale begins with the reception and runs through Sunday September 28th.  Unsold artwork should be picked up at 4pm on September 28th.

Among the highlights:
•12 Chances to Win
• Booth Spaces
• Social Events
• Art Show & Sale 

Registration:  Registration fee is $35 for the entire event.  ($25 for Sainte Genevieve Art Guild Members)  Canvases and/or art paper must be stamped at the registration desk prior to painting in order to be eligible for prizes.  Registration begins Wednesday, September 24th at 109 N. Main and continues daily 8am to 4pm through September 27th.  You may paint as many or as few days as you wish.  

Awards:  Awards for 2014 are $250 for Best of Show, 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $100 and Third Place $50 in two categories - Oil/Acrylic and Watercolor/Pastel/Charcoal.  There are three purchase awards of $250 each, and a People's Choice cash award of $150.  Total prize money is $2,000 with 12 opportunities to win.  Honorable mention awards will also be considered.  

Judging and DisplayEntrants are to select their three best works for the judging, and turn them in no later than 4pm on Saturday, September 27th.  Paintings must be in a gallery-quality frame with wire hangar, unless the canvas has wrap-around sides which are an integral part of the painting.  An identifying card must be filled out and attached to the back of each painting to include artist name, contact information, media and picture title.   Paintings to be judged should be signed on the back only.  Purchase awards are judged by the purchaser or as indicated.   Purchase awards are not eligible for cash awards.  Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place are judged by our panel of qualified judges.  People's Choice award is the result of ballots cast on the night of the reception by attendees.

Show and Sale:   Artists are encouraged to sell their works during the competition.  After the show is hung  and judged on Saturday, it will remain hanging from 10am to 4pm Sunday.   Sales made from the Show and Sale incur a 30% commission.  Please price works accordingly.

Booth Space is available along Main Street and other designated locations.  Fee is $15 for the weekend - Friday, September 26th (4th Friday Art Walk) through Sunday, September 28th.  Displays must be original art only. 

Liability and Insurance:  While precautions will be taken to safeguard artwork and participants, we accept no liability for the loss of or damage to:  artwork in transit, in storage or on display, or for any personal injury incurred during participation in this event.  Artists are strongly encouraged to insure their own person and artwork.

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The Sainte Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event is an annual enterprise sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project, a 501(c)3 organization.