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Plein Air Artists To Paint Riverfront City

Sep 5, 2014
A painter works on a scene overlooking the Mississippi River in Louisiana, Mo., at the 2013 plein air event.
Golden Hills of Louisiana, Mo., Plein Air

Artists are heading to the small Pike County city of Louisiana, Mo., to paint the town.

On Sept. 13, Louisiana will host its third plein air event. “En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and generally describes the act of painting outdoors. Organizers are expecting more than 25 artists from three states.

“They set up their easels and they paint the town — literally,” said Dennis Babbitt, co-chairman of the plein air committee. “They’ll paint pictures during the day, and then in the evening we have a reception and showing for the public.”

Mona Brown

For the second year, the residents of Louisiana, Missouri invite artists to literally “paint their town.” On Saturday, September 21, visual artists from all over will descend on Louisiana to paint “en plein aire,” the hills, valleys, buildings and people of their town.  Spectators are encouraged to travel around the area to see the artists at work. 

Saturday evening, there will be an exhibition and sale of the paintings the artists created during the day. Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place.