Queen City Plein Air Festival

Queen City Plein Air Festival

RETURNING APRIL 17-22, 2018!  

With much community involvement and support, Beverley Street Studio School is proud to announce the second Queen City Plein Air Festival. This event helps fulfill the BSSS mission to expose our community to the world of visual arts and enhances the rich artistic and cultural fabric of Staunton. It is an additional jewel in our Queen City’s crown.


This year the Festival has grown in participation and length. Professional plein air  (French for “in the open air”) painters from the Mid-Atlantic region will be staying in Staunton for five days of painting, demonstrations, shows, sales, and artistic expression. These artists will be painting the unique historic architecture of downtown Staunton, beautiful established gardens of homes open during the Historic Garden Week Tour in Middlebrook, the rolling landscape of Augusta County and more!


Friday, April 20 is the third annual Paint Staunton Quick Draw Art Competition and Fresh Paint Show & Sale, a family friendly community art event. Registration is required to compete while the Show & Sale will be open to the general public. Awards will be presented for those in professional, amateur and 16 and under categories; all mediums and skill sets are invited to participate.


The Festival culminates Saturday evening with a Wet Paint Gallery Sale in the BSSS Gallery after the conclusion of the Garden Club Tour. Other Festival events include artist demonstrations, preview parties, and a workshop by event juror and nationally acclaimed plein air painter, Nancy Tankersley.


Community Partners provide vital support to the QCPA Festival by sharing their resources through contributions such as painting and lecture locations and cross promotion opportunities. 2018 Community Partners include:

Gaie Lea and The Pavilion at Bells Lane Farm, Blackburn Inn, Staunton/Augusta Garden Club, Polyface Farm, Sears Hill Bridge Day, MeadowCroft Inn, Staunton Music Festival, 

Current Sponsors include: Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis Club, Frontier Culture Museum, Sunspots Studios and Vasari Classic Artist’s Oi Colors 


2016 Festival Award Winners:

Lynn Mehta: Best in Show
David Diaz: Founders Award (2nd place)
Brett LaGue: Faculty Award (3rd place)