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.

SAVE THE DATE:  12th Annual Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event,

September 22-25, 2016


Highlights of the 11th Annual Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event,

September 23-27, 2015

Award Winners

 Best of Show                          Patrick Henning for watercolor "Misty Morning"

                                                 Oil/Acrylic                Watercolor/Pastel

1st Place                                 Tatyana Robberts         Derek Gollaher

2nd Place                                Michael McClure          Michelle Wells

3rd Place                                 Anne Molasky Ibur        Gary Beazley

Honorable Mention                  Marty Coulter             Janet Kraus

                                                Anne Molasky Ibur        Peggy Bay

People's Choice                      Peggy Bay

Purchase Awards                  Bequette Ribault        Marty Coulter

                                              Downtown at Night    Pat Ferguson

                                              Art on the Square       Janet Kraus

 Dorothy "Dot" Uding Memorial Award                     Marty Coulter


Sainte Genevieve Art Guild Member Awards:

Betty Geraghty Memorial Award                             Peggy Bay

First-time Plein Air "Rookie" Award                       Dianne Dickerson


Thank you to our judges, Billyo O'Donnell, Bryan Haynes and Craig Thomas.

Thank you to the sponsors of our Purchase Awards, Hank Johnson/Chaumette Vineyards, Toby Carrig/Ste. Genevieve Herald, and Bill Uding and Teresa Vaughn/Hayloft Gallery.

Thank you to the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation and the Dorothy "Dot" Uding Memorial Fund for continued financial support of this event.

And thank you to the many volunteers from the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild.



Schedule of Events

Registration Fee for Entire Event $35 ($25 for Sainte Genevieve Art Guild Members)
All entries must bear registration stamp on back of canvas or paper.


8am to 2pm     Registration at Hayloft Gallery, Ground Floor, Corner of Merchant and 3rd Sts.
                    Free Paint Day; entries for General Awards must be painted inside the County.
6pm               Pizza Party at Audubon's Restaurant.


8am to 2pm     Registration at Hayloft Gallery, Ground Floor, Corner of Merchant and 3rd Sts.                  
                      Purchase Award Paint of the Bequette-Ribault House and surrounds at 351 St. Mary's Road, across from the Big Field (follow Main
                       Street south under the railroad bridge which becomes St. Mary's Road).  No start time.  House dates to circa 1780, was recently
                       restored by Hank Johnson (also owner of Chaumette Vineyards and Winery); it is one of only five French creole vernacular post-in-
                       ground homes in the United States.
3pm               Turn in one entry for judging by Hank Johnson, property owner. Award is an overnight Villa stay package at Chaumette Vineyards and
                       Winery worth in excess of $250.
Winning entry remains property of the judge.
3 to 4 pm        Reception at Tasting Room on site.


8am to 2pm     Registration at Hayloft Gallery, Ground Floor, Corner of Merchant and 3rd Sts.
9am to 5pm      Mobile Art Supply Van "Van Go" will be parked outside Hayloft Gallery.
By 4pm           May turn in up to three paintings completed during the event at the Hayloft Gallery for sale during the 4th Friday Exhibit.
                        No general judging at this time (except for two special Guild Member awards). Complete labels for each work displayed; price to
                        include 30% gallery commission. 
Must be framed (or wrap around canvas) with wire hangers.
5 to 8pm          Purchase Award Night Paint of Downtown Ste. Genevieve. Timed Event.  Turn in one entry at Hayloft Gallery by 8pm for judging
                        by Hayloft gallery owners.
Award is $250 cash. Winning entry remains property of the judge.
6 to 9pm          4th Friday Art Walk.  Exhibit at Hayloft Gallery, Ground Floor. Wine and light snacks available at galleries and shops throughout
                        downtown historic district; "Trip Tychs" are
available for $5 - visit 8 venues and be entered to win $100-valued selection of art.
8:30pm            Announce winner of Night Paint Purchase Award, Special Guild Awards for First and "Rookie", at Hayloft Gallery.


8am to 11am   Registration at Hayloft Gallery, Ground Floor, Corner of Merchant and 3rd Sts.
9am to 4pm      Mobile Art Supply Van "Van Go" will be parked outside Hayloft Gallery.
10 am to 6pm  Booth space available between Museum and Courthouse; $5 registration Fee.  Artist must provide own display equipment; may exhibit
                       for sale original art not created at event.
Register for booths at Hayloft Gallery during registration hours (before 11am Saturday).
12 Noon         Turn in up to three entries for General Awards at Hayloft Gallery. No late entries will be accepted. Entries must be in gallery-quality
                       frames unless canvas has wrap-around painted sides that are an integral part of the painting. Completed entry forms must
                       accompany each entry. 30% Commission. Non-winning purchase award paintings may be included.

11am to 4pm   Purchase Award - Art on the Square event. Paint any location on the town square, which includes the courthouse, church, and
                       storefronts along Market, 3rd and Merchant.  
TIMED EVENT. Turn in one entry at the Ste. Genevieve Herald office by 4pm for 
                       judging by the paper's publisher/editor, Toby Carrig at location on square to be announced. Award is $250 cash. Winning entry
                       remains property of the judge.

4-5pm            Reception on the square sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Herald.
6 to 9pm        Awards Reception at Hayloft Gallery; People's Choice Judging 6 to 7:30pm.
8pm               Awards announced for Best of Show, Dorothy "Dot" Uding Memorial Award, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place in Oil/Acrylic 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place in
                       Watercolor/Pastel, Honorable Mention,
and People's Choice.


10 am to 4pm  Plein Air Show and Sale at Hayloft Gallery.
10 am to 4pm  Booth space available between Museum and Courthouse; $5 registration Fee. Artist must provide own display equipment; may exhibit
                      for sale original art not created at event.

1 to 4pm        "Participainting" Event invites the public to paint in watercolors provided with an hour's instruction from Guild members and any
                      willing registered artists.  Meet outside Sainte
Genevieve Winery (245 Merchant St.) under the canopy.
4 to 5pm         Pick Up art remaining on display at Hayloft Gallery.


What's new with the Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Event for 2015?

Sponsored by the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild with thanks to previous sponsors which included the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project and the Ste. Genevieve
Lion's Club.

Awards still total $2,000, but we have one Best of Show instead of two, and have added a special award honoring local artist Dorothy "Dot" Uding, to be judged by the Uding family. Both awards are $250. The other awards are: $150 First, $100 Second, $50 Third for both Oil/Acrylic and Watercolor/Pastel, and $150 People's Choice. Awarded Saturday night.  Judges are Bryan Haynes, Billyo O'Donnell, and Craig Thomas.  Three purchase awards of $250 cash or equivalent each will be judged after the close of each timed event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and awarded at the Saturday evening reception with the other awards.

Separate Award Category for Members of the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild for the Bette Geraghty Member Award of $150, and for first-time plein air painters, a Rookie Award of $50. Awards judged separately and awarded on Friday night.  Entries are also eligible for general awards.

Exhibit/Registration Location has moved to the corner of Third and Merchant streets near the county courthouse in the Hayloft Gallery, ground floor. Look for the signs. Registration hours are 8am to 2pm September 23, 24 and 25 and 8am until 11am on September 26th.

Entries May Be Signed at the discretion of the artist. Signatures will not be covered for any judging. As in past, official stamps must be present, an entry card must be completed and attached to the back of each work, and wire hangers, gallery-quality frames or wrap-around canvases are required. Each artist may enter a total of three works, including non-winning purchase award entries for the final judging.

Sale Begins Friday Night at our 4th Friday Art Walk. Up to three pieces completed during the event may be turned in before 4pm on Friday, September 25, to be displayed with labels for sale beginning at 6pm. Artists may change entries for the general judging on Saturday before Noon.    

Booths "On The Square" across from our exhibit venue will be part of a Saturday event called "Art on the Square" which will receive extra publicity and include other activities. Booths are $5 per day, available Saturday and Sunday, and may include original art not produced at the event. Artists must provide their own display equipment. No commission on sales from booths.

Public Invited to Paint on Sunday Afternoon to draw attention to the Show and Sale; free one-hour lessons by volunteer artists are being offered in an advertized "Participainting" event nearby.

Art Supplies Available on site all day Friday and Saturday from Van Go of Cape Girardeau. Owner Dave Carter carries a variety of art supplies in his van which will be parked outside our venue.

NOTE: While precautions will be taken to safeguard artwork and participants, we accept no liability for 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 Sainte Genevieve Art Guild, with financial assistance from the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation, and special thanks to our sponsors; the Ste. Genevieve Herald, Hayloft Gallery, Chaumette Vineyards and Winery and Crown Valley Winery.