Have you ever considered what beauty an artist might see in our part of the country? Do you love local art and the artists that create it? Then this event is one you don’t want to miss!
Plein Air is the method of painting outdoors in a single seating, no matter the weather. Each day of this event, artists are sent to a different location. Armed with just their easels and paint, they will create a work of art to be completed and turned in at the end of the day for judging. With no time to rework or touch up their paintings, this event challenges the artists to push their own talents to capture, through their eyes, the beauty of our surrounding area.
While there are many fantastic plein air events around the country each year, many of the artists consider this one to be among their favorites. Held to a scope of just 50 artists, many traveling from different states, the Steelville Plein Air offers a more intimate and nurturing environment for them to let their creative spirits soar!
Our judges are carefully selected from a field of highly regarded teachers and artists from across the state. The top three paintings from each day will remain on display throughout the week at Gallery Zeke, while the remaining 40+ paintings are moved to the Steelville Community Center where they can be enjoyed and purchased every day of this event.
After each day’s judging, the prize winning paintings are revealed, and the pubic is invited to the awarding of the prizes, to meet the artists, and to purchase some amazing art on the spot. On Tuesday, June 5th, judging will be followed by a reception, open to the public, with appetizers and a cash bar, at Just a Taste in St. James. Take your new treasure home that day!
Here is the schedule for this years after paint events:
Monday, June 4th: Gallery Zeke in Steelville, from 5-7 pm
Tuesday, June 5th: Just a Taste in St. James, from 5-7 pm
Wednesday, June 6th: Gallery Zeke in Steelville, from 5-7 pm
Thursday, June 7th: Gallery Zeke in Steelville, from 5-7 pm
On Friday, June 8th, after a morning “Quick Paint of Main Street” in Steelville, the top paintings from each day will be moved to Belmont Vineyards and Winery in Leasburg for the Plein Air Gala Dinner and Auction. With a delicious meal, wine, live music, and the opportunity to purchase one (or more!) of these award winning paintings via a fun filled auction, this event is a great culmination of the week’s work. Meet the artists, enjoy the food and atmosphere, and select your own painting to take home and admire for years to come. This is a fantastic evening, and one not to be missed!
Tickets for the Gala can be purchased in person at Gallery Zeke for $40.00, or online at Sold Out
On Saturday, June 9th, the artists will be at the Steelville Community Center from 10-4, with the remaining paintings from the week as well as other works they have done in studio or other events over the year. This day offers another opportunity to meet these wonderful artists, admire their works, and purchase one more painting for your own home or as a gift for one of your fellow art lovers.
Come join us for this great event! You’ll leave with a new appreciation for art and the beauty of this place we call home.