Registration open for plein air painting event May 6-7 in Hannibal and Canton

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Plein air painters will converge on Hannibal on May 6 and Canton on May 7. Artists from three states, including, Hannibal artist Patricia Garey, participated in the 2022 River Bluffs Paint Out. | Photo courtesy of Hannibal Arts Council

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Registration is open for the River Bluffs Paint Out.  The communities of Hannibal and Canton will host the two-day plein air painting event May 6-7.

Plein air events invite artists to communities where they capture the community by creating paintings outdoors and on-site. Painters will converge upon Hannibal on May 6 and Canton on May 7. Participants will paint during the day, with art created daily in each community offered for sale in the evenings.

Area artists are encouraged to participate, as well as artists willing to travel to the area.  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 artist registration form can be found at

Plein air artists of any age are eligible to participate. Artwork must be done outdoors, en plein air, during the event. All paint and drawing mediums are accepted. There are no size limits on canvas and paper. Artists will work on site within a designated area determined by each city.  Artists must work on public property or on private property with landowner’s permission. Awards will be presented at evening receptions held each night.  Area arts patrons and art buyers will be included in the guest lists.   

The River Bluffs Paint Out is a partnership of the Hannibal Arts Council, Canton Area Arts Council and City of Canton. Additional partners include the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau and Culver-Stockton College.  Financial assistance for the Canton portion of the project has been provided by the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  

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