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Catiri’s Art Oasis presents:
10th Annual Iowa Plein Air--Amana
Labor Day Weekend
Artists Paint Amana (maps will be available during event)
September 1st-3rd
Nocturnal Paint (around the Price Creek Center)
September 1st 7pm to ?
Kids Paint (in front of Catiri’s Art Oasis)
September 2nd from 11am to 2pm
Sponsored and Performed by the Amana Art Guild
Quick Paint (around Catiri’s Art Oasis)
September 3rd  2pm to 4pm
Artist & Patron Party at Catiri’s Art Oasis
September 3rd - 5pm to 9pm
A real “red carpet” event with the international renowned, Iowa born artist, Catfish Keith performing with his legendary talents on the steel guitar!
Dinner starts at 6 pm.
($25 per ticket, includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.  Also, inquire about becoming a Friend Plein Air which allows you in with VIP pass to view and purchase paintings an hour before general ticket holders.)
Award Ceremony at Catiri’s Art Oasis  
September 3rd - 7pm

Premier Iowa Plein Air Event:
10th Annual Catiri’s FRESH PAINT - Amana 2017
An action packed weekend of art and collaborations.

Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors will define the brilliance of the artists at the tenth annual Catiri’s FRESH PAINT, Iowa Plein Air event in Amana, Iowa. FRESH PAINT will run from September 1st - 3rd, 2017 and combines the strengths of the talented artisans of the Midwest with Iowa's incredible scenery to produce the most collaborative and comprehensive event in the region.  “We are creating a modern day regionalism,” explained Jenise Catiri, owner of Catiri's Art Oasis in Amana, sponsor and host of the event.

Plein Air painting is a pertinent and vital part of Eastern Iowa’s history with Grant Wood and Carl Flick as well as a form of regionalism in the arts the promotes the flourishing art culture that we have in Eastern Iowa. Fresh Paint has become the best Plein Air event in Iowa and is an incredible weekend to watch paintings transform before your eyes, while personally connecting with the artists. This year is going to bigger and better than ever.  There will be artists from 5 different states and many of them nationally know and collected.  The talent just gets better every year and provides an excellent opportunity to purchase affordable, fresh artworks.  Also, we honored and excited to have the talented, internationally renowned, Iowa born musician, CATFISH KEITH performing at this year’s Award’s Party.  The 2017 Fresh Paint Award’s Party will be held in the new Price Creek Center in Amana.  The “fresh” paintings of all the artists will be available to purchase after the judge, turns in the results.  The 2017 Fresh Paint Awards Judge is Kathryn Hagy from Mount Mercy University, Professor of Art, Coordinator, Art & Design Program and Fulbright Campus Representative. Not only can you purchase affordable, freshly inspired art, but it may be a winner!  Awards will be announced at 7pm.

Have an aspiring young artist in your family? Children will love to participate in the 5th Annual Kids Fresh Paint event on Saturday, September 3rd from 11:00a.m.- 2:00p.m. Volunteers from the Amana Arts Guild will be on hand directing this amazing experience for your children. Easels and art supplies provided by the Community Chest, so each child can create their own Plein Air piece of artwork.   After seeing the professional artists out painting, they get a chance to experience it for themselves.

A Call to Artists! There is still opportunity to join the other Plein Air artists in this year’s Fresh Paint!  All artists, working in any medium, at whatever skill level can be a part of this event.  It is a great opportunity to meet other artists, share techniques and have a good time just being among fellow artists.  The registration is only $50, which gives you 2 dinner tickets to the Fresh Paint party and the opportunity to submit 1 piece of artwork into the competition, giving away $2,000 worth of prize money as well as many purchase awards.  To register to paint, to see a schedule of FRESH PAINT events and competition rules, check the gallery website at or contact Catiri's Art Oasis at 319-622-3969. Or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.