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Estes Park, CO
Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery, August 22-October 25

Scott Ruthven, The Off Season, oil, 24 x 30.

Scott Ruthven, The Off Season, oil, 24 x 30.

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The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park presents the 2015 Plein Air Rockies art show and sale, a three-month-long series of events that began with a 13-day paint-out and prelude art show in early August and culminates with a two-month-long art show and sale in September and October. Thirty-four plein-air artists participate in this year’s event, including Peggy Immel, John P. Lasater, Jeff Legg, Larry DeGraff, Jason Sacran, and Kevin Weckbach.

On Saturday, August 22, the CAC unveils the first works for this year’s show beginning with a Quick Draw at 8:30 a.m. and an auction of the Quick Draw works immediately following. The CAC Fine Art Gallery opens at noon, offering the public the first look at works created during the August paint-out. An artists’ reception and awards presentation follow that evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lars Sage, gallery and program manager for the council, says Plein Air Rockies provides more than just paintings of the majestic vistas found around Rocky Mountain National Park. While visitors can find plenty of works in that category, they are also treated to nocturnes and scenes of Estes Park and surrounding areas as well. “We have a nocturne paint-out and a Paint Our Town paint-out scheduled,” Sage says. “We’re trying to give the artists a variety of things to paint.”

From September 17 to October 2, all participating artists are invited to return to the area for another paint-out, when the high-country colors are turning. Works created during this time are presented on Saturday, October 10, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. “It won’t be a complete change of the show,” notes Sage. “But we want to emphasize the fall colors and a different perspective 
of the Rockies.”

Coming to the event for his fourth year, painter Jason Sacran says he loves the Plein Air Rockies show because of the wonderful scenery and because he gets to visit good friends. “I like to paint everything from mountain vistas to back alleys,” Sacran says, and with this show, visitors will find all of that and more. “There are all kinds of paintings: daytime scenes, nighttime scenes, townscapes, national park scenes—and a variety of mediums as well.” —Laura Rintala

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