They painted from July to the end of September, and now the work is hanging and the winners are announced. Who won at the Colorado Plein Air Arts Fest? 

Mikael Olson won Best of Show for his oil painting “The Other Side.”

In the Professional category, Stephanie Hartshorn won First Place, Dennis Rhoades won Second, and Virginia Unseld took Third Place. Honorable Mention went to Jim Beckner, Larry DeGraff, Sheri Farabaugh, Jan Janas, Warren Kessler, Kathleen Lanzoni, Michael McConnell, Peggy McGivern, Valerie Meyers, Dena Peterson, Scott Ruthven, and Karen Spotts.

In the Emerging Artists category, Rhonda McCay won First, Clay Brooks took Second, and Lewis Williams won Third Place. Honorable Mention went to Brittany Gilbert, Kathy Imel, Chris A. Serr, and Lindsay Ternes.

Scott Ruthven won the PleinAir Award of Excellence in the Professional category, and Nancy Haley won in the Emerging Artists category. 

 Clyde Steadman painting at Meininger River Lodge

The Prudent Man Award of Excellence was won by Stephanie Hartshorn.

Jane Hunt also won Honorable Mention in the Professional category and had this to say: “I’m honored to be showing five pieces in the show this year — painted everywhere from the front range to Crested Butte. Now that it’s been expanded to all of Colorado, this show attracts a wide variety of media and styles. Colorado is so varied, I love to see what different plein air artists choose to portray in their work.” 

The work will hang in the Denver Public Library through December 31.


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