Summit Art Plein Air Festival

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

Artists with all levels of experience are invited to visit Crestview Dairy, a 31-acre historic property near Lee’s Summit, Missouri, for three days of painting “en plein air”. You’ll be able to explore lush flora, 100- year old trees, authentic buildings, two lakes and many charming landscapes, among other visual splendor to capture. 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 is invited to explore the property as they watch the artists paint. The event culminates in an Awards Celebration with an Art Show and Sale where art patrons have the opportunity to collect artworks from prominent plein air painters from all across the country.

Co-hosted by Summit Art and Crestview Dairy. Sponsored by the HB Oppenheimer Foundation.

Purchase Award Sponsor – $250

Summit Art’s First Annual Fun Run/Art Walk 2.3K at Crestview Dairy happens Saturday, April 9, 2022, 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Grab your running shoes for a fun-filled morning! Families are welcome to walk, jog or run while enjoying the beautiful scenery and watching the artists paint. Catch a glimpse of all our artists painting live outside “en plein air” throughout this historic site. After the race, you can visit with the artists and watch the magic happen. Enjoy the fresh air and exercise while supporting local artists. Ribbons and goodie bags for all participants. All ages are welcome! We hope to see you there!

Help kids get hooked on fishing!

Fishing helps kids discover nature and conserve it, too. Bring the kiddos on Sunday to learn about fish, fish habitat and fishing techniques. All participants are asked to donate $5 to Summit Art to help support local artists. This event is open to the public, and you may see artists set up around the lake to create an original painting that will be available for purchase. Kids from ages 5-11 can compete to catch the largest fish, the smallest fish and the most fish!

John Rittel, Missouri Department of Conservation, will be in charge and will provide instruction. If you have your own tackle, please bring it. If you don’t, John will have some to loan. He’ll provide the bait, too!

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