Queen City Plein Air Festival

Queen City Plein Air Festival

QUEEN CITY PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL, RETURNING APRIL 2018.  

Stay tuned for additional information and how to apply.

April 21-23, 2016

BSSS is proud to have launched the inaugural Queen City Plein Air Festival, April 21-23, 2016. 21 professional plein air (French for painting outdoors) painters representing Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina painted historic downtown Staunton, gardens of Staunton homes open during the Historic Garden Week Tour, Polyface Farms in Augusta County, and Rolling Hills Farm on Bells Lane.

One of the three days was Paint Staunton Day; a quick draw painting competition open to all ages and experience levels. 51 artists participated; 9 were under the age of 18. 10% of art sales was donated to the Children’s Art Network and $750 worth of awards were given out that day.

On the final day of the festival, a wet paint Gallery Sale and Reception was held to display and sell work produced by the professionals during the festival. Gallery guests counted 192 with 19 people purchasing 23 paintings in 2.5 hours!

Community Partners included: Staunton/Augusta Garden Club, Polyface Farm, Rolling Hills Farm, SunSpots Hot Glass Festival and Staunton Music Festival.

Festival Award winners:

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

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this event and contributed their time and resources. It would not have been possible without you! We hope to host another QCPA event in 2018. In the interim, a special one-day Paint Staunton event is planned for April 29, 2017.