Artists invited to join St. Charles Plein Air event May 27

The St. Charles Arts Council will host a Plein Air Event on Saturday, May 27, in downtown St. Charles.

Plein Air painting is the act of painting outdoors - "in the open air."

This event invites the public to witness artists completing a painting between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. somewhere within walking distance of the St. Charles Fine Art Show.

"This is the first time the Arts Council has sponsored a plein air event," stated Kathryn Hill, executive director of the St. Charles Arts Council. "We are excited to bring this kind of competition to our downtown and anxious to see the artwork that is born from it! Our hope is that some of the Fine Art Show patrons will enjoy witnessing artists creating art!".

Artists must register at to participate.

There is a $25 registration fee.

On Saturday, May 27, artists will get their blank canvas stamped at 10 a.m. at the St. Charles Arts Council tent located at the Fine Art Show. They will then choose a location to paint and must complete their painting by 4 p.m. at which time they turn the painting in at the St. Charles Arts Council tent.

An independent judge will select three paintings to receive $200 awards for excellence which will be announced at an artist reception at 6:00 that evening at a location to be determined.

"We're able to present this competition because of a generous sponsorship by Hewell Fisher Plastic Surgery. Their support is an integral factor in making this event a success!" said Hill.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 24.

For more information, contact Kathryn Hill at

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