Plein Air painting is a pertinent and vital part of Eastern Iowa's history with Grant Wood and Carl Flick as well as a form of regionalism in the arts the promotes the flourishing art culture that we have in Eastern Iowa. Fresh Paint has become the largest Plein Air event in Iowa, with over 40 artists participating coming from all over the state and as far as Chicago, Minneapolis and Omaha! It is an incredible weekend to watch painting transform before your eyes, while personally connecting with the artists. The weekend is highlighted by the fantastic dinner party and award ceremony, with a locally favorite band the Awful Purdies playing from 5 to 8pm, it is always an evening to remember. The "fresh" painting of all the artists will be available to purchase after this year's judge, to be announced, turns in the results. Not only can you purchase affordable, freshly inspired art, but it may be a winner!
Have an aspiring artist in your family? Children will love to participate in the 3rd Annual Kids Fresh Paint event on Saturday, September 5th from 11:00a.m.- 2:00p.m. Volunteers from the Amana Arts Guild will be on hand directing this amazing experience for your children. Easels and art supplies provided by the Community Chest, so each child can create their own Plein Air piece of artwork. After seeing the professional artists out painting, they get a chance to experience it for themselves.