Plein Air Artists Colorado

Event Details

Plein Air Artists Colorado

Time: September 8, 2017 from 7:30am to 2pm
Location: Sawhill Ponds
Street: 75th St.,
City/Town: Boulder, Colorado 80303
Website or Map: http://www.pleinairartistscol…
Phone: (303) 938-1588 Mary Williams Gallery
Event Type: plein, air, paintout, &amp, exhibition
Organized By: Deborah McAllister PAAC
Latest Activity: Aug 30, 2017

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Event Description

"Art adds to a community, attracts a core of people who are intelligent, creative and bring new ideas. They have a lot of

energy, which is a really wonderful thing for a community to have."

  Landscape painters will invade Boulder September 8th.  Some of Colorado’s most talented outdoor painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Sawhill Ponds well known for its vistas of the mountains across the ponds with walking trails and fishing. This remarkable 15th Annual World Wide event is happening with the support of International Plein Air Painters and Plein Air Artists Colorado.  Artists are expected from all across Colorado and New Mexico, and some from across the country to converge on Boulder on the 8th of September to paint outdoors.

 Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors.  Their art work is in direct response to the beauty they find in nature.  They use a variety of media, from oils, through watercolors and pastels.  

The public will be able to join in the fun by watching individual artists work and moving from painter to painter 7:30 AM -2 PM. 

There will be a greeter at the Ponds entrance, Gail Denton welcoming artists and guests, showing them where the paintings are being created!

Event organizers, Debby McAllister, Jeanne Echternach, Holly Kernes, and Jennifer Riefenberg, say there is a joy about paintings outdoors and this is a chance for people to see professional artists at work, developing their paintings in response to the beauty in nature.


In the evening, everyone is invited to attend the Plein Air Artists Colorado 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Plein Air paintings at Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery, 5311 Western Ave #112, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: (303) 938-1588  An artists' reception will be held from 5pm to 8pm  with a presentation of awards at 7pm. The public is invited to view the art and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.

The Awards Juror Albert Handell, PAAC Master Signature Member will present the Awards. As well, he will be conducting a Workshop on September 9th in Boulder.


Plein air painting developed in France in the mid-19th century and is becoming increasingly popular. 

Last year's World Wide event drew artists from all over the Globe. Many new Plein air painting groups were formed directly from this event. PAAC Members Leslie Allen, Kathryn McMahon, and Debra Joy Groesser have participated in IPAP events for nearly a decade or more.


International Plein Air Painters, who has members who reside throughout the World, is the blanket organization for individual Plein air groups and was created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of Plein air painting without limitations of borders or regions. 


 IPAP's members are the quiet activists in the ongoing environmental struggle.

They call attention to the threatened urban scene and the vanishing farmland for history. 

Its members share inspiration and encouragement both on the Internet and at "paint outs".  PAAC hosts seven weekly paint out groups throughout Colorado.

They encourage other artists to get out and do it, to paint with other artists and share ideas.




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