Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Missouri Wine Country Plein Air Event
Augusta, Missouri, will be hosting its 8th Annual Plein Air Art Event, with $7000 in awards and purses, Wednesday April 21st - Saturday May 1st. Participating artists will have opportunities to sell artwork throughout the event. Artists may paint any or all days during the event, at a location of their choosing or at any of the scheduled events. For entry forms postmarked on or before March 15th, the entry fee will be reduced from $30 to $25.
About 35 miles west of Saint Louis, Augusta is the site of the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area, or wine-growing region, known as Missouri Rhineland in honor of the German settlers who first established vinyards here around the 1840s. It is on the Katy Trail, the country's longest Rails-to-Trails project, which runs almost 265 miles across Missouri (most of it following Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River), and it is less than 10 miles from the large stone house where Daniel Boone lived out his later years.