Schedule Of Events


The 2014 Telluride Plein Air event will take place June 29-July 5. Artists arrived and began painting in and around the Telluride area on June 28, 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 90-minute 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 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 30 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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Plein Air Quick Draw & Sale – Main Street, Telluride - This event is free and open to the public!
This 90-minute 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 3:15 p.m. outside of the Sheridan Opera House with a public sale to follow. The winner 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
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.

Friday & Saturday, July 4 & July 5, 2014
Plein Air Art Sale - Sheridan Opera House Courtyard /Elks Park - This event is free and open to the public!


The Sheridan Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit from Telluride, once again collaborated with Aspen's Wheeler Opera House in producing the 5th annual Aspen Plein Air event. The 2014 event will be July 6-12, 2014, with the two-day sale featured on July 11 and 12 along the Mill Street Mall. To see artists selected for this event please click the Artist tab at the top of the page

Schedule of Events:

July 6-12, 2014: Artists paint in and around Aspen, Colo.
July 10, 3-4:30 p.m.: Quick Draw painting competition and sale along Mill Street Mall
July 11 & 12: Plein Air Exhibition and Sale along the Mill Street Mall