University City hosts live art painting this weekend

UNIVERSITY CITY – Artists who enjoy painting outdoors or in “plein air” will be creating works of art live for the public on Sunday.

U City in Bloom will be hosting their 3rd Annual Plein Air Art Festival this Sunday, Sept. 23rd near the University City High School, 7401 Balson Ave. Participating artists will also include high school students.

The painting area is home to many U City in Bloom gardens, historic buildings, parks and a small hidden cemetery.

Registration for artists begins at 8:00 am on Sunday. At 3:00 pm artists will take their completed paintings to the Heman Park Community Center, 972 Pennsylvania Ave., to be judged.

A reception will follow at 5:00 pm where attendees can meet the artists and purchase their work. Those attending the reception will also get a first look at the benches painted by artists which will be placed on Olive Blvd. by bus stops that do not have shelter.

There will be food and drinks from several University City restaurants. Tickets for the reception are $20 if purchased online at or $25 at the door.

Winners of the 2018 Plein Air Art Festival will have their work featured in an exhibition in the Gallery at University City Public Library this Oct. Along with the festival winners’ art there will be pieces by well-known plein air artist, Shawn Cornell and bouquets from U City in Bloom gardens.

A reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The work will be displayed in the gallery Sunday, Oct. 7th until Tuesday, Oct. 30th. The public can view the exhibit during normal library hours (9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday). Exhibits in the Gallery are made possible in part by a grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

For more information about the 2018 Plein Air Art Festival contact Judy Prange, Executive Director of U City in Bloom at 314-725-8243 or For more information on the exhibition at the Gallery at University City Public Library contact Lexine Pranschke at 314-727-3150 or

About University City: University City was incorporated on Sept. 4th, 1906 by founder Edward Gardner Lewis, as a city of learning, culture and beautiful neighborhoods. This diverse community of about 34,000 provides beautiful neighborhoods, thriving business districts and is a great place to live, learn, work and be entertained.