American Impressionist Society president Debra Joy Groesser served as judge for the Parkville in Art Plein Air Event in Missouri recently, and she offered a two-day workshop as part of the experience. Who won the big prizes? 

R. Gregory Summers won Best of Show with his oil painting “Knowing Where to Look.” 

“Knowing Where to Look,” by R. Gregory Summers, 2014, oil. Best of Show 

Other awards were given according to medium. In Oil, Becca Orr took First Place with “Montebello Falls.” Andrea Clague won Second Place for “Trackside Nocturne,” and Adam Clague pulled in Third Place with “Traveling Light.” Honorable Mention went to Chris Willey, Spencer Meagher, Ken Chapin, and R. Gregory Summers.

In Acrylic, First Place was won by L.D. Herman for “Meadow Sunset.” Second Place went to Jeremy Manning for “Blue & Gold,” and Third Place was won by Teddy Jackson for “Montebello Falls.” Joe Krohn and L.D. Herman won Honorable Mention awards.

In the Pastel division, Michael Flora won First Place for “White Alloe Creek,” Vicki Thompson nabbed Second Place for “Autumn Reverie,” and Brent Seevers took Third Place for “A Stroll Down English Landing.” Susan Wilson, Michelle Wells, and Elaine Lierly Jones all earned Honorable Mention.

Watercolor was won by Richard Sneary for his painting “Parkville Depot.” Spencer Meagher earned Second Place for “Montebello Falls,” and Third Place went to Michael McClure for “The Depot.” Honorable Mention awards went to Susan Lynn, Spencer Meagher, and Michael McClure.

Susan Lynn and Richard Sneary enjoy their awards. Lynn won Honorable Mention in the Watercolor division, and Sneary won First Place in Watercolor

First Place in Mixed Media was won by Michelle Wells for “Parkville Park AM.”

The National Golf Club, Covered Bridge Purchase Award was won by R. Gregory Summers for “Looking Both Ways.” The Montebello Subdivision Purchase Award went to Spencer Meagher for his watercolor “Montebello Falls.” The Parkville Chamber of Commerce Purchase Award was won by Michael McClure for “The Depot.”

This was the third year for Parkville in Art’s plein air competition, and event founder Cathy Kline reports that the event continues its steady growth — although the presence of the area’s beloved Kansas City Royals in baseball’s World Series may have bitten into the attendance. More than 50 artists traveled to Parkville, located outside of Kansas City, for the event. Kline recalls the competition’s genesis. 

“I painted in a few plein air events, such as Augusta Plein Air and Door County to name a couple of my favorites, and I wondered why we couldn’t be doing this in Parkville. Turns out we can.”


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