The Sainte Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event takes place each autumn. The 11th Annual Plein Air is scheduled for September 23-27, 2015.  There is a return to timed events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  See Calendar.  This is the weekend of 4th Friday, and several additional events are planned to make participation enjoyable to all.  Please save the date and watch for additional information.  There are twelve chances to win cash and purchase award prizes.

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.

Registration opens Wednesday, September 23 at a downtown location to be determined daily (8am-4pm) through 10am on September 26. The 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. Additional canvases/art paper may be stamped during daily registration hours.

Artists are encouraged to discover their own venues for painting (please ask permission if the location is private property), and to set their own schedules. Works must be completed on site in plein air, although minor touch-up may be applied elsewhere.  Artists may paint as many or few days as they wish at any location inside Ste. Genevieve County.

There will be two categories for awards––Oil/Acrylic Works and Watercolor/Pastel/Charcoal Works. A $250 prize will be awarded in each category for Best of Show, along with $150 First Place, $100 Second Place and $50 Third Place awards in each of the two categories. (Non-cash honorable mention awards may be presented at the discretion of the judges.) Judges for the event are noted regional professional artists.  A $150 People’s Choice Award will be determined by public voting during the awards reception.

Purchase awards of $250 each will be presented. Works will be judged by award sponsors and winning entries become the property of the purchase award sponsor.  Themes and timing to be announced.

An official entry card must be completed and attached to the back of each work. All entries must be in gallery quality frames unless canvas has wraparound painted sides that are an integral part of the painting. All work must be fitted with wire hangers. EACH ARTIST MAY ENTER A TOTAL OF 3 WORKS, which may include non-winning purchase award entries.

All art entered in the show/sale must be turned in no later than noon on Saturday, September 26. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. The awards reception will be held Saturday(6:30-9pm) and kicks off the show/sale, which runs through Sunday, September 27 (11am-4pm on that date). A standard gallery commission of 30% will be assessed on all sales during the show. Artists should make arrangements to pick up unsold artwork from 4-5pm on Sunday.

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 Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project, a 501(c)3 organization.


2014 Winners

                                                Oil/Acrylic                  Watercolor/Pastel

Best of Show                          Henryk Ptasiewicz      Michele Wells

1st Place                                 Marty Coulter             Derek Gollaher

2nd Place                                Julie Wiegand             Jane McDowell

3rd Place                                Marty Coulter             Michael McClure

Honorable Mention               Allen Kriegshauser       Pat Ferguson

                                                Henryk Ptasiewicz      Gary Beazley

                                                Tatyana Robberts        Juanita Wyman

                                                Derek Gollaher            Lorraine McFarland

People's Choice                      Henryk Ptasiewicz

Purchase Awards                  Barn-Free                  Peggy Bay

                                                Heart of Downtown  Gary Beazley

                                                Art of the Vine          Lorraine McFarland

Dorothy "Dot" Uding Memorial Award                Marty Coulter

Thank you to our judges, Rick Bayers, Craig Thomas and Dan Woodward.