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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.

13th Annual Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Painting Event
September 20-24, 2017

Registration Fee for Entire Event $40
($30 for Sainte Genevieve Art Guild Members)
$3,000 in prizes

Congratulations to the Winners of the Following Awards in 2016: 

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.


Schedule, awards and venue for 2017 not yet final. 

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.