The winners at the 3rd Annual Golden Hills of Louisiana, Missouri Plein Air Event were recently announced. Who took home prizes?

Bo Kim chose John Preston’s painting “A Foggy Morning — LA MO” for the top prize. Jim Trapp won Second for “Silos.” Third Place went to Dennis Babbitt for “High Water — Boat House.” Honorable Mention awards were won by Dan Fishback, Sylvia Keller, and Judy Stroup. Danae Hoppe’s watercolor painting nabbed the People’s Choice award.

John Preston took First Place with his piece “A Foggy Morning — LA MO.” Photo by Larry Hassel

Louisiana is located about 70 miles north of St. Louis. Organizers report that 28 artists from three states created 38 pieces in the September 13 event. Participating painters were allowed to also show pieces completed previously.

Jim Trapp won Second Place for “Silos.” Photo by Larry Hassel

Dennis Babbit won Third Place for “High Water — Boat House.” Photo by Larry Hassel

“The weather began a bit on the chilly side with the temperatures in the 40s and a wonderful floating fog along the river,” says Martha Weston, a member of the organizing committee. “Overall, this was a very successful event for the town, the artists, and visitors.”


  1. the golden hills plein air painters who come to Louisiana, Mo are extremely invasive and rude. They think they own the world. Never invite them to your city!!!!!


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