Plein air painting event May 4-5 offers opportunity to buy art on day it is created

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Branson artist Vic Mastis works on her plein air painting at Riverview Park during a past River Bluffs Paint Out. | Photo courtesy of Hannibal Arts Council

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Artists from several states will converge on the communities of Hannibal and Canton for the River Bluffs Paint Out, a two-day plein air painting event Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.  Plein air events invite artists to communities where they capture the community by creating paintings outdoors and on-site.

The general public is invited to view and buy works made each day at two Fresh Art events each night.  Participating plein air artists will submit up to two original works of art completed earlier in the day with most available for purchase. The May 4 reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Gather, 507 Clark in Canton. The May 5 reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main in Hannibal. Since different paintings will be created each day, each reception/exhibit will be different.  Daily awards will be presented for Best of Show, second place, third place and honorable mentions.

Area artists can still participate in the painting day(s). For information regarding artist guidelines and registration, interested participants should go to the Gallery page of to find information on the River Bluffs Paint Out.

The River Bluffs Paint Out is a partnership of the Hannibal Arts Council and Canton Area Arts Council.  Additional partners include the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canton Main Street Association, Canton Tourism Commission, Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and the Missouri Arts Council.

For information regarding the receptions, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545. 

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