The Golden Triangle Museum District is seeking artists to participate in our 6th annual Denver Plein Air Arts Festival. Artists are invited to paint on location in the Golden Triangle and surrounding Denver Mountain Parks, on one or more days from August 10 to September 16.
Artists may submit one or more pieces, up to 24" x 30" on canvas/board/panel or watercolor paper, for official festival stamping between August 10 - September 16 at these three stamping locations: Byers-Evans House Museum, Native American Trading Company and Gallery 1261 and at the Center for the Arts Evergreen (Highway 74 Evergreen Parkway and Squaw Pass Rd, Evergreen, M-F 9am-4pm, Sat. noon-4 pm). .
Participation in the event includes a $20 registration fee ($10 for youth) and is open to all artists and all media. Artists may paint at any location within the boundaries of the Golden Triangle (between Speer, Colfax and Lincoln). Additional Denver locations include the 16th Street Mall, City Park, Confluence Park, and Washington Park. New locations include Red Rocks Park, Evergreen Lake (Dedisse Park), Lookout Mountain, and the Buffalo Overlook (Genesse Park). Furthermore, the following venues have given permission to artists to paint on their grounds: the Denver Public Library's Acoma Plaza, the Denver Art Museum's Martin Plaza, and the Byers-Evans House Museum. During the Powwow on September 8th we ask that artists steer clear of Acoma Plaza as there will be a lot of activity.
Artists have the option of entering one or more pieces (no limit) completed during the event into the juried competition ($10 per entry, $5 for youth). The competition will be judged by Jill Rosentrater, director of Art in Public Places with the Colorado Council of Arts; Rose Fredrick, writer and curator of Coors Western Art Exhibit; and Kimberly Moore, regional sales manager for Southwest Art. Cash and prizes will be awarded. Accepted works will be exhibited at The Denver Central Library's Vida Ellison Gallery (on the 7th floor) from Nov 13 - Dec 31, 2012. Youth activities and award ceremony will be held in the Gate's Reading Room.
In addition to our two yearly categories for professional and emerging artists, Denver Plein Air is excited to announce a new category for 2012: this year, a youth category will also be featured in the juried competition. Participants wishing to enter the juried contest should email images between September 1 - 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be charged a $20 registration fee and a $10 entry fee per piece submitted for the optional juried competition, payable via check or credit card. Registration for youth will be $10 and $5 entry fee per submitted piece.
Official Kick Off at Colorado State Capital
Plein Air “Kick-It-Off “Reception @ The Fort 3pm-5pm
First day to paint at all locations
* 13th Avenue of the Arts Paint Out
Colorado State Capital Paint Out
Civic Center Park Paint Out
* Grant Humphrey’s Mansion Paint Out
Denver Art Museum Sculpture Deck Paint Out
**Red Rocks Park Paint Out
(The Ship Rock Grille will provide breakfast from 9am-10am, in tent at the top of the Amphitheater)
**Lookout Mountain Park/Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave Paint Out
Pahaska Tepee Trading Post will provide lunch from 12pm-3pm
*Washington Park Paint Out
**Buffalo Herd Overlook (in Genesee Park) Paint Out
Christie’s of Genessee will host artists from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Artists can enjoy painting their lovely grounds or take a restroom break. At 3:30 pm, please join us at Christie’s of Genesse for a cocktail hour featuring an open bar with appetizers.
*Confluence Park Paint Out
**Evergreen Lake (in Dedisse Park) Paint Out
Willow Creek Restaurant on Evergreen Lake will host an "en plein air" Continental breakfast with “to-go” boxes available.
Center for the Arts Evergreen Artist’s Wine & Cheese Reception, 4pm-6pm
***16th St. Mall Paint Out
Final Day to Paint
"Wrap-It-Up" Reception @ The Mt. Vernon Country Club, 3pm-5pm (Food is free but a cash bar will be provided.)
Deadline to submit images
*City Park Paint Out
Artist Notification of inclusion in exhibition and judging results
Oct 21- Nov 3
Deliver accepted, framed artwork to Gallery 1261
Veterans Day- Denver Public Library Closed
Opening Reception at Denver Central Library from 5-9 pm
Last day of Exhibition
Opening reception 5-8pm Display of selected pieces from Denver Plein Air at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.
Jan 7 – 17
Pick up unsold artwork at Gallery 1261
*Although this is the formal day for artists to gather and paint, you are welcome to submit any paintings created at City Park, Confluence Park and Washington Park from Aug 10 - Sep 16. We ask that you observe the General Parks and Recreation Rules (PDF) at all times while painting in the parks.
**Although this is the formal day for artists to gather and paint, you are welcome to submit any paintings created along the Lariat Loop. We ask that you observe the General Parks and Recreation Rules at all times while painting in the parks.
***Although this is a formal day for artists to gather and paint, you are welcome to submit any paintings created on the 16th Street Mall from Aug 10 - Sep 16. We ask that you observe the Rules and Regulations for Entertainers at all times while painting in the Parks and at the 16th Street Mall.
Byers-Evans House Museum, Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Refresh yourself with water, juice, fruit, energy bars, yogurt, cookies and hot water for tea or coffee.