Explore the Arts

20 May, 2018


Ages 3 to 99+ are invited to come paint en Plein Air at the AKC Museum of the Dog at Queeny Park from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Come out and see the professional artists’ bodies of work. Be inspired by their work, and let youthful creativity flow onto a canvas. Observe the young people creating and enjoy the live music, food trucks from Blue Fired Pizza and Kona Shaved Ice and explore St Louis County Parks.
Awards, show and sale of work from the professional event will follow.
Explore the Arts is a family event for all to let their creativity play! See what art form inspires you to explore nature, relationships, and your own style. In addition to the children's paint out, other artists from photography, music, pottery, dance, writing and theater will be in attendance. Come explore all the arts and find what speaks to you!
Academy of Nature and Wildlife Arts will provide a plein air experience
Master Naturalists will explore cell phone photography of nature 
Contemporary Art Museum will bring the Art Bus
Artists Guild
Craft Alliance
Music School
Krueger Pottery

Paint St Louis Plein Air

18 May, 2018 to 20 May, 2018

Plein Air Painting by Marty Coulter supporting Paint St Louis Plein AirThe St Louis County Plein Air Festival celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting combining art and science in its most natural format.  Painting from life and the landscape has long been an artistic tradition whether to make a record as in the cave paintings or document details for further study or to express the feelings of the moment. The above plein air image was painted by our guest workshop instructor Marty Coulter. Master Naturalist Sandy Brooks will be available at all locations to provide information about the area, habitat and wildlife. 

Registration and check in:
To register for the event, go to the website link and click the paypal button.  You may register the day of the event. Pre-registrants will have their id and information packet mailed three days prior to the event. Fees for the event are $40 for all three days, $30 for Saturday and Sunday which includes a t-shirt or apron. Children's paint out is $5 which includes supplies. 

The 2018 St Louis Plein Air Art Paint Out will begin with sign in on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7AM at The Dog Museum at Queeny Park.  All work submitted for jurying MUST be stamped prior to painting/drawing. 

Artists may paint at any county park but the name of the park must be on the label on the back of the work. Each day there will be particular parks identified for the Paint Out based upon a particular aspect of the area such as peak blooms or wildlife abundance.

Friday Welcome Reception:
The  reception for first day will be from 6 to 8 PM at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park.

Judge: to be announced
All work must be submitted no later than 2PM at the Dog Museum at Queeny Park. Late submissions will not be accepted. Artists may submit up to three peices for consideration. 
Awards announcement will be at 3PM
Show and Sale will be open to the public from 3-6PM
Artists may take their unsold work at 6PM or can allow it to be included in the Plein Air Exhibition. All work will be included in the online gallery at
All work submitted must be framed/or ready for hanging with a wire hanger.
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.
Sales may be made from the easel with 30% commission 
To encourage sales, all entries must remain hanging until 6pm 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). As work is turned in, it will be photographed and added to the website gallery.
 Artists may be bring 2 additional pieces for sale in the show's Back Room Gallery and Friday evening reception. All work will be exhibited on the Gallery page on the website.

Awards include:
Best of Show
First, Second and Third Place
Artist's Choice
Collector's Choice

​Purchase Awards for Open Class

Children's Awards by age group: Under 6, 7-12, 13 and over

Friday Paint Out: Artists in the Field
Substrate Stamp 6AM-9AM Friday morning painting at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Friday Afternoon at the working farm at Suson Park or the Kirkwood Farmer's Market and Train Station
Friday Evening Welcome Reception at Queeny Park
with featured artists ​Marty Coulter and Richard McKinley

Saturday Paint Out: View to the Future, Understanding the Past
Substrate Stamp 6AM-9AM Saturday morning at the Bissell House
Saturday Morning at the historic Bissell House
Saturday Afternoon at Fort Belle Fontaine or Confluence Park
Saturday Evening Sunset Quick Paint: Sunset Over the River Bluffs at Fort Belle Fontaine

Sunday Morning Paint Out: Sun Rise to a New Day
Substrate Stamp 6AM-9AM Sunday morning at Faust Park
Sunday painting Faust Park Historical Village, Faust Park Carousel, Lone Elk Park
Paintings due to judges area 2PM

Sunday Children's Plein Air Festival and Explore the Arts with Music and Food Trucks

​Sunday Judging, Show and Sale
Exhibition of work online and at OA Gallery through June 30, 2018Gallery of Plein Air PaintingsTo register, click the link to go to the registration page.