The communities of Hannibal and Canton recently hosted a two-day plein air painting event.

Nineteen different area, regional and Midwest artists were involved in the events. Plein air artists captured each community by creating works outdoors and on-site. After a full day of creating original works of art, the finished pieces were displayed during a special one-night-only reception and awards, giving the public an opportunity to purchase fresh art made the day it was created. Each evening, up to two artworks completed earlier that day were turned in for judging and for purchase.

Daily awards included Best of Show, Second Place and Third Place. Winners of Canton awards included Best of Show: John Preston, of Fairfield, Iowa; Second Place: Larry Siwek, of Quincy Ill.; and Third Place: Deb Baughman of Pulaski, Iowa. People’s choice was Larry Siwek. Winners of the Hannibal Awards included Best of Show: Carlene Dingman Atwater, of Ft. Madison, Iowa; Second Place: John Preston, of Fairfield, Iowa; and Third Place: Gin Lammert, of Pulaski Iowa.

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. Dates for the 2020 River Bluffs Paint Out are being determined soon.