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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saint Charles Riverfront Arts Announces Quick Paint Schedule for the 3rd Annual Saint Charles Plein Air Competition

ST. CHARLES, Mo. Saint Charles Riverfront Arts (SCRA) announced the Quick Paints schedule for the organization’s 2010 Saint Charles Plein Air Competition 2010. The Quick Paints will take place on the following dates and locations:
  • Quick Paint #1 - Blanchette Landing
Tuesday, September 21
12:00 until 3:00 pm

  • Quick Paint #2 - Foundry Art Centre
    Friday, September 24
10:00 am until 1:00 pm

  • Quick Paint #3 - Frenchtown
    Sunday, September 26
1:00 until 4:00 pm

  • Quick Paint #4 - Frontier Park
    Tuesday, September 28
10:00 am until 1:00 pm

Quick Paints are an additional opportunity for artists to compete for awards during the annual Plein Air Competition. At each Quick Paint, artists must go to a chosen location, and each artists will have only three hours to complete a drawing or painting. Artists interested in participating in the Quick Paints can register onsite the day of each events. A complete Quick Paints Schedule accompanies the news release.

Two of the Quick Paints will have a $300 Purchase Award, one of which is sponsored by Mayor Patti York, the other by Representative Sally Faith. The rest of the six Quick Paint Awards will be $100 from various sponsors and supporters.  Close to $1,000 in merchandise awards provided by seven art supply companies including ArtMart and Dick Blick  will be awarded to the Quick Paint participants, as well as for the Category Awards winners at the October 1st Artists Reception and Sale at the Foundry Art Centre. 

According to Event Chairperson Sarah Merideth, "We have had a wonderful response from both local and national art supply companies, as well as local businesses to our event to help promote the arts in our community. Thanks to them, we have some wonderful awards to encourage artists to participate this year."

SCRA’s 2010 Saint Charles Plein Air Competition which takes place between September 21 and October 1, 2010 in and around the Main Street and Frenchtown Historic Districts in St. Charles encourages artists to paint “plein air”, which is French for “in the open air”. Both the Plein Air Competition and Quick Paints are open to any artist 18 years or older interested in painting and/or drawing within the designated boundaries in Saint Charles, and the only stipulation is that participating artists must paint or draw “en plein air”.     
Entry Fees for Quick Paints and the actual Saint Charles Plein Air Competition are $30 per artist, which can be paid in advance or at any time during the event. Entry Forms and additional details regarding the Competition entry process are available online at
The Artist’s Reception, Show and Sale will take place from 5:00 until 9:00 pm on Friday evening, October 1, 2010 at the Foundry Art Centre. Participating artists are invited to display and sell any works created of Saint Charles during the Competition’s timeframe. There will be at least $3,000 in cash prizes and merchandise awarded to participating artists, as well as the announcement of the “Best of Show” and “Artists’ Choice” recognition awards. 
The annual Saint Charles Plein Air Competition started in 2008 by the non-profit arts organization Saint Charles Riverfront Arts is one of the primary events to support the organization’s mission of growing a dynamic Art District in and around Main Street, in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Proceeds from the entire event will benefit Saint Charles Riverfront Arts’ efforts to promote visual and performing arts throughout the St. Charles community.
Merideth adds, “We invite the community to come out and watch the artists create their works, both at the Quick Paints and during the Plein Air Competition. This is a very family friendly event, and we encourage the public, particularly children, to talk to the artists as they create.”

                                                                                                                                                                                       For more information about the 2010 Saint Charles Plein Air Competition, please contact Sarah Merideth at Framations Custom Framing and Art Gallery at (636) 724-8313 or via email at And for more information about the Saint Charles Riverfront Arts organization, please visit their website at 

About Saint Charles Riverfront Arts                                                                                                                             The mission of Saint Charles Riverfront Arts is to create and nourish an art district in the City of St. Charles that enriches the spirit and promotes the development and appreciation of the visual and performing arts. The organization provides cultural and educational activities to enhance the artistic quality of the community at large, and is a non-profit charitable organization approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt under Section 501 (c) 3. For more information, please visit their website at

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