Billyo O’Donnell receiving his First Place, Best of Show award from John Budicin

Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri sponsored a three-day workshop by John Budicin, who also served as the judge of the 3rd Annual Plein Air Paint Out (October 24-27, 2012). Find out who participated and who went home with awards.

Marty Coulter receiving his First Place Quick Draw award from judge John Budicin

Gregory Summers painting on a cliff during the event

The four-day plein air event was held at Big Cedar Lodge, just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri. The event included a night paint-out competition, a quick draw, a short trip out to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, and an art show and sale. The winners of this year’s competition are: Marty Coulter, First, Place Quick Draw; John Lasater, Second Place, Quick Draw; John Lasater, First Place, Night Paint Out; Ken Chapin, Second Place, Night Paint Out; Billyo O’Donnell, First Place, Best of Show; Susan Rogers, Second Place, Best of Show; Larry DeGraff, Third Place, Best of Show; Marty Coulter, Dick Blick Award; Jason Sacran, Artist’s Choice Award; and Henryk Ptasiewicz, 2012 Wine Label Award.

Gregory Summer’s painting and the scene he captured en plein air

Ptasiewicz’s painting will be used as a label for all Big Cedar Lodge house wines served at the Worman House Restaurant, Devil’s Pool Restaurant, and Buzzard Bar, and sold in the Lodge’s gift shop. In addition, he will receive two cases of the wine and a cash prize. For more information, visit


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