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It’s time for the fourth annual “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” plein air painting event in Douglas County. From June 20-23, 25 Colorado-based painters will spread out over a picturesque piece of private land that is included in the Douglas Land Conservancy, recording moments of sunshine and possibly rain clouds, shadows, landforms, vegetation, perhaps wildlife, as nature presents its moods across the chosen area. Following a week devoted to painting, artists will exhibit and sell the resulting hundreds of individual works of art — with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Douglas Land Conservancy for its ongoing work in conserving remaining bits of open land in Douglas County and nearby.
The exhibit and sale will be held in the White Pavilion at 414 Perry St. in downtown Castle Rock, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 25. (A word of caution: Art lovers should be careful not to touch or accidentally brush against oil paintings in the exhibit — they probably aren’t dry yet — as we noted during a recent plein air exhibit in Littleton!)
The Douglas Land Conservancy was started in 1987 through a citizen initiative in response to rapid regional growth rates. It works with landowners, local governments, other conservation organizations and citizens to evaluate, accept and monitor conservation easements. About 22,500 acres of land are presently involved, with 11,102 open to the public. Patti Hostetler, executive director, has an office in downtown Castle Rock.
The organization’s website says it adds an average of 760 acres annually, conserving natural character, habitat and open space in the central Front Range region of Colorado.
Artists participating this year include: Cliff Austin, Aurora (has a studio in Littleton); Deborah Bartos, Colorado Springs; Tricia Bass, Arvada; Susan Bell, Denver; Gina Blickenstaff, Fort Collins; Carole Buschmann, Denver; Karen Button, Franktown; Harold Deist, Parker; Rita Dickerson, Colorado Springs; Marianna Duford, Silverthorne; Patty Dwyer, Littleton; Amy Evans, Breckenridge; Sue Fraley, Castle Pines; Tracy Haines, Littleton; Pam Hostetler, Franktown; Buffalo Kaplinski, Elizabeth; Janeice Linden, Littleton; Deborah McAllister, Lakewood; Cynthia Hillis McBride, Colorado Springs; Rodgers Naylor, Denver; Nancy Raskin, Denver; Terri Sanchez, Colorado Springs; Daniel Starr, Denver; Karen Storm, Manitou Springs; and Betsy Johnson Welty, Denver.
If you go
The exhibit/sale of works created in the 2017 “Capturing the Beauty of Our Land” event will be open in the White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., in downtown Castle Rock on June 24 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and June 25 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is free. Paintings will be created the preceding week on private Douglas County open land
There will be children’s painting classes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 24 and 1 p.m. June 25. Pre-registration necessary and an adult must stay at the exhibit while the child is painting. Information: www.douglaslandconservancy.org/upcoming-events/plein-air.
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