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.


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.




For 2014, the event will begin Wednesday September 24th, with registration between 8am and 4pm at 109 N. Main daily through 10am on September 27th, with work turned by 12 Noon 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 opens Wednesday, September 24 at The Gallery at 109 N. Main and continues there daily (8am-4pm)
through 10am on September 27. 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. There are no timed events. 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 Dan Woodward (,
Rick Bayers (, and Craig Thomas ( A $150 People’s Choice Award
will be determined by public voting during the awards reception.

Three 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. The themes are:
•ART OF THE VINE, depicting scenes or activities related to Ste. Genevieve’s wine country;
•HEART OF THE DOWNTOWN, depicting scenes from the city’s historic downtown district; and
•BARN-FREE, depicting scenes or activities related to the county’s rural countryside, farm animals,
machinery, etc., but in which barns ARE NOT dominant elements or the focus of the painting.
Artists may enter one work in each purchase award category. All purchase award entries must be turned in for judging at
109 N. Main by 3pm on Friday, September 26. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Awards will be announced at
the gallery during the 4th Friday Art event (6-9pm). Works not selected as winners may be entered in the general awards
competition and be included in the Saturday/Sunday show as “for sale.” See Rules & Requirements for additional details.

Official stamps must be visible on the back; works must be signed on the back only. 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 at 109 N. Main by no later than noon on Saturday, September 27. 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 28 (10am-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.

Booth space will be available at various downtown locations during the event. The fee is $15 for Friday, September
26 (4th Friday Art Walk) through Sunday, September 28. Artists must provide their own tables, chairs, tents and display
equipment. Displays must be original art only. Works other than plein air art may be displayed and sold. No commission
is charged but prevailing sales tax must be collected by the artist.

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.