The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) was organized in 2011 to promote the appreciation and development of Impressionism in and around the Missouri River Valley Region.  That region being comprised of the following states:  Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.  Membership is open nation wide, comprised of active artists ranging from successful professionals to those just beginning their disciplined pursuit into the realm of the study of painting and drawing.  

While we are an Impressionist Society due to the foundation and the majority of our membership, we do welcome other representational artists to join. Like the first Impressionists in Europe, even they had fellow realists (like Manet and Degas) who painted alongside and participated in their exhibitions. Our mission is to focus attention on modern impressionism as well as helping other representational artists by giving them opportunities. However, an Impressionistic style is part of the criteria for certain types of memberships (Signature and Master Artist status).

By enhancing Impressionism across the valley, the MVIS organization encourages, hosts, and promotes plein air paint outs as well as atelier sessions, workshops, demos, exhibitions, and plein air painting festivals throughout the year. MVIS is one of the few organizations in the Midwest that embraces the method of painting en plein air, a method the Impressionists are able to call their own.   

MVIS fullfills the Midwestern gap where other regional and national organizations of Impressionism and representational art are not present nor active.

Brush Creek Art Walk (BCAW), one of Kansas City's largest plein air painting competitions is a sister organization of the MVIS.

Impressionism was built upon the Realists' celebration of everyday modern life and art rooted in direct observation of "reality". Impressionism sought to capture the "impression" of the fleeting life... fleeting moments. Impressionism utilized a looser and more spontaneous brushwork and a saturated color, inspired by direct observation of nature en plein air. The classic Impressionist paintings were more concerned with capturing the effects of ever-changing light and color upon objects than they were with a solid, sculptural rendering of the same objects.
Alicia Farris "One Peeled Out" oil
Spencer Meagher "Best Days Are Behind" watercolor