summit art plein air festival

Summit Art’s newest annual signature event happens the 2nd weekend in April

Summit Art invites plein air artists to capture the gorgeous scenery of Crestview Dairy’s extraordinary, historic venue – over 31 acres of 100 year old trees, lush landscape, quaint buildings and lake views. Two days of painting in the fresh outdoors! Enjoy the peaceful vistas and observe scenes in their natural light. Painting plein air engages all the senses, as you are making a first-class memory. Bring new insights into your creative process. The public can explore the property as they watch the artists paint. The event culminates in an Awards Celebration and all artwork created during the event will be for sale.

This event is open to all, novice to professional! Co-hosted by Summit Art and Crestview Dairy. Sponsored by the HB Oppenheimer Foundation.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


  • BEST OF QUICK PAINT – April Burris – “Refuge” – $200 – Sponsored By: Eyecare Associates of Lee’s Summit
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Denny Dowdy – “The Tractor” – $100 – Sponsored By: Drayton Riley
  • HONORABLE MENTION – Emily Barnes – “Morning Shadows” – $100 – Sponsored By: Hearing & Balance Specialists of Kansas City
  • 3RD PLACE – John Whytock – “Warm and Dry” – $250 – Sponsored By: Best of Missouri Hands
  • 2ND PLACE – Larry Siwek – “Across the Pond” – $350 – Sponsored By: Summit Art
  • 1ST PLACE – Larry Degraff – “Morning Reflections” – $500 – Sponsored By: Summit Art
  • BEST OF SHOW – Farley Lewis – “Morning Sun” – $1000 – Sponsored By: Summit Art
  • PURCHASE AWARD – LuAnn Heim – “Spring Shade” – $500 – Sponsored By: Country Club Bank/downtown Lee’s Summit
  • PURCHASE AWARD – Zak Barnes – “Ol’ Deere” – $1,000 – Sponsored By: Leo Oppenheimer
  • SPECIAL STUDENT AWARD – Rebekah Hartwig – Lee’s Summit West High School