Summit Art Plein Air Festival


Spend a few glorious days painting on 31 acres at Crestview Dairy including one day in the historic and bustling downtown entertainment district of Lee’s Summit. 

At the Dairy, 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. In downtown, there are many charming spaces and places to select including fountains, sculptures, historic buildings and architecture, parks, people and boutiques. 

On Saturday morning, don’t miss the Kids Fishing Derby to capture wonderful scenes around the lake. Do you like painting after dark? Clip those headlights to your hats and enjoy capturing the Dairy on Wednesday evening following the Kickoff Cookout.

The public is invited to explore the property and other locations 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.

Crestview Dairy

16499 E. 83rd Street

Kansas City, MO 64139

Cash Prizes and Purchase Awards Available


Best of Quick Paint – Denny Dowdy

Honorable Mention – Maureen “Mo” Fieleke

3rd Place – Becky Whight

2nd Place – Tatyana Roberts

1st Place – Denny Dowdy

Best of Show Main Event – Jianqiao “JQ” Luan

Purchase Awards – Tammie Dickerson (2) and Donavon Blake

Other activities include:


Live Performance

Saturday, June 17, 2023 – 1:00 pm

Help kids get hooked on fishing!

Saturday, June 17 – 8:30 AM TO 10:15 am

Fishing helps kids discover nature and conserve it, too. Bring the kiddos 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!

Our volunteers will provide instruction.