Inspired by the huge bronze buffalo statue installed in Owensboro’s sculpture park, this year’s Bronze Buffalo Fest & Gala features a three-day en plein aire event highlighted by a closing exhibition and gala featuring works of art created during the paintout. Taking place from September 23-25 this year, live entertainment and southern cuisine will also be part of the event. Held by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art — which has long made its art exhibits free and open to all — this event will incorporate dozens of artists from Kentucky and surrounding states to Owensboro for the Bronze Buffalo En Plein Aire Paintout to render paintings of familiar local sites and community events. The paintings are entered into a competition and presented in a one-night exhibition at the museum. There will be a Gala Exhibition and Auction on the third day from 6:30-8:30 p.m.