Schedule Of Events


The 2014 Telluride Plein Air event will take place June 29-July 5. Artists arrive and begin painting in and around the Telluride area on June 29, with the sale to take place on July 4 and 5 in front of the Sheridan Opera House (Oak Street and Elks Park). The VIP Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting will be in July 3 at the Sheridan Opera House.

Every Fourth of July in Telluride, Colorado, 25-30 nationally recognized Plein Air artists participate in the Telluride Plein Air celebration. In 2003, the Sheridan Arts Foundation first collaborated with Keith Wicks, Executive Director of Sonoma Plein Air, to produce this event, and now a week of outdoor art has become an indispensable part of the town’s Independence Day festivities.

In addition to observing some of the nation's top Plein Air artists at work, locals and tourists alike enjoy watching our two-hour quick draw competition on Tuesday, followed by the VIP Artists Choice Preview & Wine Tasting featuring each artists favorite piece of the week. The celebration culminates in a two-day sale, where the artists display the art they created all week long. Forty percent of the sale revenue benefits Telluride community programming through the Sheridan Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that maintains and preserves the historic Sheridan Opera House.

2014 Schedule of Events

June 28 - 4-6:30 p.m.— Telluride Wine Fest Paint Out
Painters will capture the essence of the Telluride Wine Fest's TMVOA Grand Tasting on canvas in Mountain Village. A special exhibition and sale of these pieces will follow.

June 29 - July 5, 2014 - All Day— Plein Air Artists at Work - Various Locations in and around Telluride
Visitors and locals alike will have the unique opportunity to observe 28 of the nation's top plein air artists as they paint on location in Telluride, Colorado preparing for the two-day art sale on July 4 and 5.

June 29-July 4, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.— Wet Room open in Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room
New this year! Artists will hang newly completed pieces for viewing and sale in the days leading up to the main sale. This is a perfect way for people who won’t be in town for the Fourth of July holiday to purchase artwork in advance, or for others to get a preview of what will be available at the sale.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Plein Air Quick Draw & Sale – Main Street, Telluride
Free and open to the public, this two-hour painting competition provides the public an opportunity to view artists in action and purchase paintings at a special price, due to the fact that they are produced in only an hour and a half. The Quick Draw Competition is open only to the Telluride Plein Air artists. This competition will be judged at 12:15 p.m. in Elks Park with a public sale/auction to follow. The winners will receive a cash award.

July 3, 2014 - 5-6 p.m.— VIP Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting - Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room
Invitation only preview for a sneak peak of the week's best works.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 6-8 p.m.— Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting - Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room
Open to the public! Stop by the Sheridan Opera House to preview each artist’s favorite piece created through the week in Telluride. All paintings will be up for sale. The Artist Choice will be awarded and announced at 7 p.m. with an artists presentation and explanation of work.

Friday & Saturday, July 4 & July 5, 2014— Plein Air Art Sale - Sheridan Opera House Courtyard /Elks Park
Join us in the Sheridan Opera House courtyard and Elks Park for a sale of pieces created during the week-long celebration. Please note that artists are limited to hanging eight paintings at one time, so new paintings will continually be displayed as others sell — especially on the second day of the sale! Please note: if there is inclement weather, the sale will be moved inside the Sheridan Opera House theater.


The Sheridan Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit from Telluride, will collaborate with the Aspen's Red Brick and Wheeler Opera House to produce the 5th annual Aspen Plein Air event. The 2014 event will be July 6-13, 2014, with the three-day sale July 11-13 along the Mill Street Mall. To see artists selected for this event please click the Artist tab at the top of the page

2014 Schedule of Events:

July 6-12, 2014 — Artists paint in and around Aspen, Colo.

July 10, 12-2 p.m. — Quick Draw painting competition and sale along Mill Street Mall
A two hour on-sight painting demonstration and competition. Judged by the Red Brick. The paintings will be on sale directly after the Quick Draw, providing the public an opportunity to purchase paintings at a special price.

July 10, 5-7 p.m. — Plein Air Pre-Opening Reception and Artists Choise Award Presentation, Red Brick
Stop by the Red Brick to meeting our 15 nationally recognized artists and preview their favorite pieces of the week. Artists will vote for their favorite piece and the winner will receive a cash prize of $800.

July 11 & 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., July 13 10 a.m.-1 p.m.— Plein Air Exhibition and Sale along the Mill Street Mall near Wagner Park
An exhibition and sale of the pieces created during this weeklong outdoor painting event will debut alongside cobblestone walkways in downtown Aspen. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to meet the artists, learn about outdoor painting and carry a framed piece of Aspen’s beauty home with you. Artists are limited to hanging eight paintings at once, so new artwork will continually be on display throughout the weekend.

July 12, 2014 12-2 p.m. — Plein Air Painting Demonstrations, Walking Mall, downtown Aspen
Artists will set up around the walking mall to capture the essence of downtown Aspen on canvas. Come see our artists in action! You could even make it into a painting if you're lucky enough!