Plein air painters to highlight Art on Avenue

       In a new twist for Art on the Avenue, “plein air” artists will descend on Old Colorado City September 25 to 27.
       The fifth annual event will feature up to 25 artists with portable easels, paintings any aspect of Old Colorado City they choose. Works will be taken to Bancroft Park the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 27 and judged there (by area artist Mariya Zvonkovich), with results anticipated by 3 p.m., according to co-organizer Sharon Wolff, owner of the Hunter-Wolff Gallery.
       She defined plein air as “in the moment” painting, in which artists are out in the elements without benefit of photographs.
       A separate Art on the Avenue competition will be the “Quick Draw,” in which the plein air artists can vie for the best painting that's completed in 90 minutes. This will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 27, with judging on that also to be finished by 3 p.m.
       “Many of the participating artists are members of the Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters, International Plein Air Painters, Pastel Society of America, and numerous other recognized painting societies,” a press release from Wolff states. She added that part of the goal with the event is to “put Old Colorado City on the map as an art district like Santa Fe and Denver.”
       The art produced during the event will be displayed at participating Old Colorado City galleries for three weeks following the next monthly Art Walk Friday, Oct. 2, the release states.
       Other scheduled activities are:
  • Sidewalk chalk art next to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory by Old Colorado City artist Jason Baalman, who is likely to be painting Friday the 25th and Sunday the 27th.
  • Children and family art opportunities at Studio 101, 2609 W. Colorado Ave.
  • Strolling actors in period clothing from Red Herring Productions.
           A portion of the sales from Art on the Avenue will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado and to support a scholarship for a high school art student graduating in 2010, Wolff said.

    Westside Pioneer/press release