summit art plein air festival

Summit Art’s newest annual signature event happens April 10-11, 2021

Preliminary plans include plein air artists from all across the country, a fine art photography exhibition, a gala awards ceremony, live music and food trucks! Plein Air events are fun, exciting and engaging.They are a great way to bring art and community together.

BUT WAIT! You don’t have to wait! We are planning a ‘Plein Air Preview’ for Sunday, October 18, 2020.


ARTISTS – Do you like to paint in the great outdoors? Would you like to give this a try?

There is NO COST for painters to participate in this preview event on Sunday, October 18, 2020, from 2:00 to 5:00pm. It’s an opportunity to visit the grounds and discover the possibilities for creating art on this magnificent, historical site. We hope you will enjoy it so much that you will want to participate in our BIG EVENT, which will be open to the public, in April. (More details on that in the coming months.)

Bring along your painting supplies and come see how delightful it is to paint in the fresh air and to observe a scene in its natural light. Once you give it a try, you just might get hooked for life! Visit the site on Sunday, October 18, 2020, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and paint any scene from anywhere on the grounds.

WHAT TO BRING? a chair, a few paints, something to paint on (canvas/paper) and something to paint with (paintbrush or two).

Artists must register in advance to reserve your spot, as participation is limited due to current COVID-19 guidelines. You don’t have to be a member of Summit Art to participate, so grab your artist friends to join in the fun! This preview event will NOT be open to the public in October, due to the pandemic; however, we will be doing FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM LIVE sessions throughout the site from 2:00 to 5:00pm for the public to watch.

Register your name and contact info HERE


12:30 PM – Parking is OPEN

1:00 PM – Artists SIGN IN at the barn

Bus Tour for Artists (Bus will take you to your site location with your equipment, or you can choose to walk.)

2:00 PM – Painting begins

5:00 PM – Painting ends and Artists bring easels with their painting to the barn


  • water cooler available at the barn
  • fire pit will be burning
  • soft music and chairs provided


Crestview Dairy is a 120 year old historic landmark and private estate including 31 acres of beautiful landscaped countryside. It’s located at approximately Lee’s Summit Road and 83rd Street, in Lee’s Summit, MO – between Truman Medical Center Lakewood and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School.

  • two lakes
  • four locations for weddings and receptions
  • eight authentic buildings
  • spectacular views
  • private walkways
  • 3500 sq ft deck overlooking Crestview Lake
  • the Elms Grove is surrounded with 100 year old Elm trees
  • bridal cottage & groom’s den
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