Artist Peter Campbell with “Morning in Longmont” (Best in Show)

Sixteen talented artists recently converged in Boulder, Colorado, for the first annual Boulder Plein Air Festival and spent several days capturing the area’s sights and ambiance. Who did judges Jane Hunt and KC Becker favor?

Whether it’s the stunning Flatirons, Rocky Mountains, the rolling plains, or the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, there’s much for outdoor painters to capture in Boulder County, Colorado. Indeed, it was only a matter of time before a plein air festival popped up. And 2017 was the year, as the first annual Boulder Plein Air Festival was hosted between June 11 and 18.

Artist Lindsay Ternes with “Dinner Date at Brasserie” (Best Cityscape)

The event was organized by Open Studios, Inc., and judges Jane Hunt and KC Becker had the tough task of choosing the award winners. “It was a wonderful experience and an honor to judge the inaugural Boulder Plein Air Festival,” Hunt said. “The pieces created during the week were very strong and the organizers did a great job getting the community involved and excited!”

Peter Campbell was the inaugural Best in Show winner for his painting “Morning in Longmont,” while Kathleen Reilly earned Best Landscape for “Hidden Vista.” Lindsay Ternes earned herself Best Cityscape for “Dinner Date at Brasserie,” and Brook Borcherding took home honors for Best Non-Traditional Plein Air.

Kathleen Reilly’s “City View at 6am” took First Place, Lydia Pottoff’s “Lightstreak” earned the artist Second Place, and Kathleen Lanzoni won Third Place and the Quick Draw Competition for “Corner Restaurant.” Finally, Clare Scott was deemed the People’s Choice winner in 2017.

To learn more, visit Boulder Plein Air Festival.


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