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.

12th Annual Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event
September 21-25, 2016

Registration Fee for Entire Event $35
($25 for Sainte Genevieve Art Guild Members)
$2,000 in cash prizes
Congratulations to the Winners of the Following Awards


Best of Show                                    Anne Molasky Ibur  for Oil painting "Big Field Aglow"

Oil/Acrylic 1st Place                        Derek Gollaher for Oil painting "Along in Years"  
Watercolor/Pastel 1st Place           Patrick Henning for Watercolor "Lime Sunrise"

Oil/Acrylic 2nd Place                      Marty Coulter for Oil painting "Beauvais Ammoreaux House"
Watercolor/Pastel 2nd Place          Derek Gollaher for Watercolor "Ste. Genevieve Memorial Cemetery"

Oil/Acrylic 3rd Place                       Julie Wiegand for Oil painting "The Sky Spoke to Me"                           
Watercolor/Pastel 3rd Place          Gary Beazley for Watercolor "Bolduc House Kitchen"

Oil/Acrylic Honorable Mention                 Michael McClure for Acrylic painting "Bequette Ribault"  
Watercolor/Pastel Honorable Mention    Lorraine McFarland for Pastel "Twilight in Ste. Genevieve"

People's Choice                                         Michael McClure for Acrylic painting "Back of the Shed"

Dorothy "Dot" Uding Memorial Award     Vic Mastis for Pastel "River Flowing"  

Sainte Genevieve Art Guild Member Awards:
Bette Geraghty Memorial Award             
Lorraine McFarland for Pastel "Twilight in Ste. Genevieve"
First-time Plein Air "Rookie" Award        Terri Cavins for Acrylic "Last Day of Summer" 

Sponsored Awards:   
Bequette Ribault  (Purchase)       
 Janet Kraus                     Chaumette Villa Stay/Meal Package
Twilight Quick Paint                        Lorraine McFarland         Rhinehart&Rhinehart's Gallery Certificate
Art on the Square (Purchase)         Patrick Henning              Ste. Genevieve Herald  $250

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 the Rhinehart & Rhinehart's 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.


Wednesday, Sept. 21:
8am to 4pm                 Registration at Creole House, 339 St. Mary's Road.   Free Paint Day

Thursday, Sept. 22:
8am to 4pm                 Registration at Creole House, 339 St. Mary's Road.
by 3pm                        Purchase Award- Bequette Ribault Property - $250 Chaumette Vineyards Villa Package Certificate,
                                                 judged by Hank Johnson, owner
4pm                            Announce winner at Bequette Ribault House, artist's reception to follow. 

Friday, Sept. 23:
8am to 4pm                 Registration at Creole House, 339 St. Mary's Road.
5 to 7pm                      Non-Purchase Award - Twilight Quick Paint - $100 Rhinehart's Gallery Gift Certificate,
                                                 judged by M. Charles Rhinehart
6 to 9pm                      4th Friday Art Walk : "Participainting" at Sainte Genevieve Winery
                                                 (Basic Painting Instruction for members of public)
8pm                            Announce winner of Twilight Paint at the Welcome Center, artist's reception to follow.

Saturday, Sept. 24:
8am to 11am               Registration at Creole House, 339 St. Mary's Road.
Before 1pm                 Turn in General Award entries at Creole House
11 to 4pm                    Purchase Award - Downtown - $250 check, sponsored by Ste. Genevieve Herald,
                                                   judged by Toby Carrig, owner
5pm                             Announce winner of Downtown Purchase Award at Ste. Genevieve Herald Office,
                                                   Market Street, across from the Courthouse.
6 to 9pm                      Awards Reception at Creole House for Best/1st/2nd/3rd only
6pm                             People's Choice voting begins

Sunday, Sept. 25:
9:30 to 1pm                 Show and Sale, refreshments
12Noon                        People's Choice voting ends
1pm                             Announce People's Choice, Dot Uding Memorial Award and Guild awards
2pm                             Pick up unsold art



                 Awarded Saturday 7pm
Best of Show                                              $       400
1st Place, Oil & Acrylics                                       250
1st Place, Watercolor & Pastel                             250
2nd Place, Oil & Acrylics                                    100
2nd Place, Watercolor & Pastel                           100
3rd Place, Oil & Acrylics                                       50
3rd Place, Watercolor & Pastel                             50
                Awarded Sunday 1pm
Dot Uding Memorial Award                                  400
People's Choice Award                                       200
Art Guild's Bette Geraghty Memorial Award          150
Art Guild's Rookie Award (no previous awards)      50

TOTAL CASH AWARDS                                  $2,000


All entries must bear registration stamp on back of canvas or paper.  Entries may be signed at the discretion of the artist.  Entries must be in gallery-quality frame (or wrap-around canvas where sides are part of the painting) with wire hanger.  Entries must be labeled.
To encourage sales, all entries must remain hanging until 1pm Sunday.  "Purchase award" paintings, once selected, become the property of the judge.
Finished paintings may be turned in at any time during the event, and labeled for sale (30% commission).
Up to six paintings from previous Sainte Genevieve Plein Air events may be displayed in the "back room" on easels furnished by artist, and labeled for sale (30% commission).
Due to funding restrictions, all paintings must occur in Ste. Genevieve County.


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.