As the summer holidays roll around, you may find yourself with some extra vacation days and an urge to explore the cool mountain towns in Colorado. If your journey finds you headed in the direction of Telluride in late June, early July, the Plein Air Festival promises to be an event that will make you wonder why you haven’t been this way sooner! Taking place from June 28th through July 4th, the 20 to 25 artists taking part in this festival are destined to make you fall in love with an art form you may not have recognized before now.

What Is Plein Air Art?

Coming from the French expression “en plein air,” which translates into, “in plain air,” this type of art is just that: masterpieces created in the great outdoors. This unique festival offers the opportunity to watch masters at work as you explore the wonders of our town. This artform became famous in the middle of the 1800s, and some of the world’s famous painters took the art style and made it their own, including Claude Monet, William Merritt Chase, and Mary DeNeale Morgan. What you will find is some of today’s top artists creating beauty out in the fresh air as you shop, hike, and play.

During the last three days of this festival celebrating plein air, the pieces the artists worked on so fervently during the early portion will be judged and then auctioned off to eager buyers. Perhaps you will find that you and your family earned a place of honor on one of the paintings, and even if you are unable to purchase the piece you star in, you will forever have the bragging rights of being a plein air artist’s subject during the Telluride Plein Air festival of 2021! If you do manage to snag a portrait, you can feel good knowing that 40% of the sales made during this wonderful event will go to the Sheridan Arts Foundation, to help encourage and support future plein air artists.

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