Show Preview | Rocky Mountain Plein Air Show

Estes Park, CO
The Stanley Hotel, August 13-16

Patti Andre, Fall Splendor, pastel, 10 x 10.

Patti Andre, Fall Splendor, pastel, 10 x 10.

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Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with various events that pay homage to the stunning wilderness—a landscape that has attracted visitors from around the world for a century. With 355 miles of trails to hike, countless steep peaks to climb, and lovely lowland meadows in which to view wildlife, the park is a national treasure.

This month the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters group, in conjunction with the park and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, join in the yearlong festivities with the presentation of an art show. More than 20 group members showcase landscape paintings that depict the many natural wonders of the park in all four seasons. The four-day event opens on Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. with a gala reception at the historic Stanley Hotel. “It’s going to be a great, eclectic mix, showing the many facets of Rocky Mountain National Park,” says Stephen Datz, the group’s president. “It is also a great opportunity for collectors to see large studio paintings that result from our work in the field.”

Collectors can expect to see a variety of creative visions and styles. For example, Connecticut artist Kathy Anderson brings her painterly touch to a fall scene capturing the greens, golds, and oranges of the season with loose, impressionistic brush strokes. On the other hand, Cecy Turner, who splits her time between Texas and Colorado, offers viewers a more realistic style, portraying a snow-covered landscape graced by a pair of deer peering out from behind some trees.

The show also includes artists’ demonstrations, which take place on Saturday, August 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fall River Visitor Center, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stanley Hotel. 
All events are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of paintings benefits the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, which works in partnership with the National Park 
Service to provide educational materials for park visitors. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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