Paint What You See

In late summer for the past six years, an unusual sight cropped up here and there in places as disparate as Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District, the Lariat Loop National Scenic & Historic Byway and the 16th Street Mall: Plein air artists have been spotted outdoors, on location, painting everything from the Denver Art Museum’s facade to the view from the Buffalo Bill Museum on Lookout Mountain, paints and easels in hand. Participants in the annual Denver Plein Air Arts Festival, they vie each year for prizes and an opportunity to hang a solo show.

Out of 300 works submitted, 110 were selected for the juried Denver Plein Air Festival Exhibition, which opened yesterday in the Denver Central Library’s seventh-floor Vida Ellison Gallery, featuring scenes painted from life: landscapes, architectural scenes, figures in motion and floral studies. The exhibit continues through the end of the year; just down the block, catch the solo by 2011 Best of Show winner Jim Beckner, through December 29 at the Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock Street.

The Denver Central Library is at 10 West 14th Avenue; visit for details.
Nov. 13-Dec. 31, 2012


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