NEW!!! AUGUSTA HARVEST FESTIVAL – MINI PLEIN AIR EVENT, check the “NEWS & EVENTS” and the “SCHEDULE” at the left for information. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for ongoing announcements and updates!!!!



The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us at the 2016 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival in “Historic Missouri Wine Country”.  Observe the art unfold before your eyes each day at events hosted by wineries and neighboring communities.  Unique events will be featured during the festival at a variety of locations from the Daniel Boone Home, to the local wineries, to a Private Estate, with a special Day in New Melle, Day in Defiance, Day in Augusta and Day in Washington.


Escape to Missouri wine country with its beautiful, scenic rolling hills and river bluffs; experience the fun filled events of the festival and award winning wineries. Not only will you watch the art be created each day, but you will also have the opportunity to purchase the art straight from the easel. Whether you are a serious buyer, or someone who simply appreciates the arts, come out for a day or stay overnight, the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Join us for one or many of the events and get to know the artists, enjoy small town hospitality and the beauty of spring in Missouri during the 14th Annual Plein Air Art Festival.


Picture the vineyards cascading with lime green foliage, the dogwoods in bloom, the bountiful colors of red buds, lilacs, tulips and irises with a lush green backdrop, and tones of brown and green making up the quilted patterns of the fields viewed from the Missouri River bluff, with each scene receiving radiant light from the sun giving each moment of the day it’s own unique beauty. This is what the plein air artists will be expressing on canvas, when The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.


Over 100 artists are anticipated to attend the event. The artists will be scattered about the small towns of  Defiance, New Melle, Washington and Augusta capturing the rolling hills of wine country,   propped along the Missouri River bluff,  fixed upon prosperous farmland, tucked along the Katy Trail and recreating historic structures on their canvas.


Art completed during the Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival will be on display and available for sale each day of the Festival at the Augusta Visitor Center in the heart of Augusta as well as on location at each special event. Judging and awards and the Final Sale will take place at Mount Pleasants Estates on May 1, 2016.


Join us for one of the workshops being held during the 2016 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.


Friday, April 22, Oil and Acrylic Workshop with Patrick Saunders -up to 20 students $75 per student, 9 AM to 4 PM, meet at the Augusta Visitor Center


Saturday, April 23 – Watercolor Workshop with Spencer Meagher – watercolor – up to 12 students $75 per student, 9 AM to 3 PM, meet at Augusta Visitor Center


Saturday, April 23 – Drawing Workshop with Allen Kriegshauser – up to 14 students, $75 per student, 9 AM to 4 PM, meet at John G’s Tap Room in Washington, MO


Sunday, April 24 – Pastel Workshop with Michele Wells – up to 14 students, $75 per student, 9 AM to 4 PM, meet at Augusta Visitor Center


Sunday, April 24 – Artist Demonstration with Lawrence Rudolech demonstration 2 to 5 PM at Mount Pleasant Estates, artists and public welcome. Recommended donation of $5.


Please call Kathleen at 636.228.4005 to register for a workshop.