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Get ready to paint the town… literally! The Augusta Plein Air Festival is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever! From April 25th to May 4th, Augusta will transform into a vibrant hub of creativity, welcoming artists and art enthusiasts from near and far. But this festival is not just for seasoned painters; it’s a celebration of art, community, and the beauty of the Missouri countryside. So, grab your friends and family, and join us for an unforgettable experience!

Step Into the Open Air

Plein air painting is a term derived from the French phrase “En plein air,” which translates to “in the open air.” It refers to the act of painting outdoors, capturing scenes directly from nature. This artistic practice became popular in the mid-19th century with the advent of portable easels and paint tubes, allowing artists to venture into the countryside to paint landscapes and scenes as they appeared in natural light. Plein air painting emphasizes the immediacy of the moment, capturing the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Today, the tradition of plein air painting continues to thrive, celebrated by artists and art enthusiasts worldwide for its ability to convey the beauty and essence of the natural world.

Adventurous Appetite

One of the highlights of the festival is the Breakfast with Alpacas on April 29th from 7:30 AM to 11 AM. Imagine starting your day surrounded by these adorable creatures, enjoying a delicious meal as you soak in the tranquil morning atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to kick off a day of artistic inspiration and exploration.

  • Paint outs En Plein Air with fellow artists

Winner gets a cash prize!

  • Workshops: Learn new techniques in the spring air

check out further info on the plein air site including possible fees, supply lists, and portions included with the class, like lunch!

  • Paint N Sips!

Enjoy your art journey with a relaxing glass of wine!

  • Mystery Estate Paint

There will be two mystery locations to choose to paint from, with a max of 30 artists so check it out now!

Artistic Adventure Awaits!

Throughout the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events and activities. Join one of the art workshops to learn new skills and techniques, or unleash your creativity at a sip and paint session. Don’t miss the chance to visit the local vineyards and wineries, where you can sample some of the finest wines the region has to offer. And of course, be sure to participate in the Art “Paint Outs,” where artists create masterpieces en plein air, followed by judging to showcase their talent. There are 25 events for you to participate in!

Paint and Pillowcases: The Perfect stay at the H.S. Clay

Explore the Plein Air website to discover the schedule and events that pique your adventurous spirit! Here you’ll find a complete schedule of events and activities. As the day draws to a close, retreat to the inviting H.S. Clay House for a peaceful evening. With its intimate ambiance and European charm, it provides the ideal setting to relax after a day of artistic exploration. So, why wait? Grab your paintbrushes, pack your bags, and prepare for an art-filled escape in Augusta!