Enjoy the Plein Air Festival along the Loop



Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD), which produces and manages the Colorado Plein Air Festival (formerly the Denver Plein Air Festival), announced today that the 2013 festival will kick-off on Thursday, Aug. 1 on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol at noon. Registered artists will have access to locations around the state to make their creations “en plein air” (in the open air) through Sept. 29, 2013 and during special “paint outs.” Professional, amateur and young artists from communities around Colorado are encouraged to participate and experience the magic of creating en plein air.

Running seven consecutive years, the Denver Plein Air Arts Festival grew to become the largest urban plein air event in the nation. Last year, it expanded beyond the city’s borders to include Denver Mountain Parks along the Lariat Loop as artist “paint out” locations. This year, History Colorado’s museums and historic sites located in Georgetown, Silver Plume, Montrose, Pueblo, Trinidad, Leadville, Fort Garland and Platteville are joining the Lariat Loop Alliance, Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space as “paint out” locations, in addition to urban locations around Denver. Additional statewide “paint out” locations will continue to be added in the coming years.

The festival ends in Morrison, Colo. with an artist’s reception at The Fort restaurant on Sept. 27 and final “paint out” at the Tesoro Spanish Market on Sept. 28 and 29.

Artists from all mediums are invited to participate and have the option of entering one or more pieces into the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival’s juried competition under “Professional,” “Emerging” or “Youth” categories. Accepted works for a juried competition will be exhibited for the public at the Denver Public Library in November and December 2013, with winning works receiving a special showing at History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum Gallery. See www.gtmd.org for complete festival information.


  • Denver Aug. 1 Colorado State Capitol/Civic Center: official festival kick off at noon at state capitol.
  • Denver Aug. 2 Golden Triangle Museum District/ First Friday paint out.
  • Jefferson County Aug. 3 Lookout Mountain Nature Center
  • Denver Aug. 7 Byers-Evans House Museum, Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum (Hamilton and Acoma plazas)
  • Morrison Aug. 10 Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Leadville Aug. 17 Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
  • Morrison Aug. 17 Red Rocks Country Club
  • Denver Aug. 20 Tears-McFarlane House
  • Denver Aug. 21 Living Room “Full Moon Paint Out” (4 p.m. to close)
  • Genessee Park Aug. 21 Buffalo Overlook/Chief Hosa
  • Evergreen Aug. 24 Evergreen Lake/Dedisse Park
  • Georgetown Aug. 24 “Paint the Bridge” competition at the Georgetown Loop Railroad®,
  • Morrison Aug. 24 Historical buildings or Bear Creek
  • Montrose Aug. 24 Ute Indian Museum
  • Denver Sept. 4 Grant Humphreys Mansion
  • Denver Sept. 5 Museum Residences rooftop terrace
  • Pueblo Sept. 6 El Pueblo History Museum
  • Golden Sept. 7 Buffalo Bill Museum
  • Platteville Sept. 7 Fort Vasquez Museum
  • Trinidad Sept. 7 Trinidad History Museum
  • Denver Sept. 10 Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Fort Garland Sept. 14 Fort Garland Museum
  • Denver Sept. 14 Denver Art Museum sculpture deck
  • Lakewood Sept. 14 Bear Creek Park
  • Denver Sept 18 City Park
  • Denver Sept. 19 Funky Buddha “Full Moon Paint Out” (5 p.m. to close)
  • Golden Sept. 21 Dinosaur Ridge
  • Denver Sept. 25 16th Street Mall
  • Morrison Sept. 28 & 29 The Fort/Tesoro Spanish Market

Artist Entry Information

Artist participation in the Colorado Plein Air festival includes a $25 registration fee and is open to all artists and all media. Artists have the option of entering one or more pieces completed during the event into the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival Juried Competition — artwork entry fee for juried competition for potential awards of cash and prizes is $10. Artwork may be submitted in the categories of “Professional,” “Emerging” or “Youth.”

Artists may submit one or more pieces, up to 24″ x 30″ on canvas/board/panel or watercolor paper, for official festival stamping from Aug. 1 to Sept. 29 (canvas, boards, etc. need to be stamped prior to painting).

Stamping locations are: Participants wishing to enter the juried contest should email images from Aug. 7 to Oct. 10 to info@gtmd.org. See www.gtmd.org for complete festival guidelines and registration information.

About the Golden Triangle Museum District

Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD) is a member-based 501c6 organization with both private and nonprofit members. It is a Denver Registered Neighborhood Organization and is home to many of the city’s museums, including History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum, the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Denver Firefighters Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the Molly Brown House, as well as the new History Colorado Center and Clyfford Still Museum. Also within the GTMD are the Denver Public Library, Curious Theatre Company, Denver Musicians Association, Colorado Ballet, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Art Institute of Colorado. These cultural centers are interspersed with art galleries and open studios, as well as professional offices, specialty stores, salons, spas, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, all committed to “the art of living with art.” Visit www.gtmd.org for more information.

The Colorado Plein Air Festival could not be possible without support from:

Blue Cow; Center of Arts at Evergreen; Clubhaus Cajun Restaurant; Christies of Genesee; Civic Center Conservancy; Colorado Mountain Art Gallery; Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens; Denver Mountain Parks; Denver Public Library; Dinosaur Ridge; Downtown Denver Partnership, The Fort; Funky Buddha; History Colorado museums and historic sites (History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, El Pueblo History Museum, Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park®, Grant Humphreys Mansion, Fort Vasquez Museum, Fort Garland Museum & Pike’s Stockade, Healy House & Dexter Cabin, Trinidad History Museum, Ute History Museum); Hooked on Colfax; The Lariat Loop Alliance; the Living Room; Jefferson County Open Space; MAD Greens; Museum Residences; Naked Juice; Pahaska Tepee; Red Rocks Country Club; Tears-McFarlane House; and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown.


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