Colorado National Monument Hosts First Plein Air Event

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Date: September 27, 2017
Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-858-3617 x363
Contact: John Lintott, 970-858-3617 x307

Colorado National Monument and Colorado National Monument Association are thrilled to announce the first annual Plein Air Event, October 3-7, 2017. During this week we have invited over 20 artists to come and paint the beautiful scenery of Colorado National Monument. Plein Air is a style of painting developed in mid-19th century France in which the artwork is created outside. Artists will be painting in and around the monument starting Tuesday, October 3rd, until noon on Friday October 6th. Come visit the monument and watch as artists create stunning works of art. The art will be displayed at the visitor center and available for purchase. Part of the proceeds will go to Colorado National Monument Association which supports educational programs and research projects at the monument. Regular monument entrance fees apply.

Key events during the week:

Wednesday, October 4: “Paint Out”

The “Paint Out” will be 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Saddlehorn Picnic Area. For easy viewing by the public, artists have been invited to gather together for one morning at the picnic area to paint and talk with visitors about their work.

Friday, October 6: Preview Night and Awards Ceremony

Be among the first to publicly view and purchase the artwork created during the week. The Saddlehorn Visitor Center will be open 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free admission for all Colorado National Monument Association members and sponsors. Non-member tickets are $30 which includes a Chinle level membership to Colorado National Monument Association.

Saturday, October 7: Art Exhibition

Everyone’s invited to the Saddlehorn Visitor Center to admire the artist’s beautiful creations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All artwork will be available for purchase during this exhibition.

Fall hours will start at Colorado National Monument on Oct 1, 2017. The visitor center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For additional information please visit or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.

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Last updated: October 2, 2017

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