Tony Hilscher, “September on the Elk River,” 2017, oil (First Place, Fawcett Purchase Awards)

The gorgeous fall colors recently attracted a number of talented outdoor painters to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for a vibrant and colorful plein air festival. Will you know the winners?

The Steamboat Art Museum hosted its annual plein air event between September 23-30, with several great winners, both new and tenured. Judged by John Fawcett, Tony Hilscher’s “September on the Elk River” was the winner of First Place and the Fawcett Purchase Award, which comes with a half-page ad in PleinAir Magazine — valued at $2,150. Mike Beeman’s “Around the Bend” took home Second Place and Rich Galusha was the Third Place winner for “Steamboat Lake.” Adam Zabel’s “South Routt Ranch” took the Community Agriculture Alliance Award of Excellence; Stephen Henry’s “Steamboat at Night” was the winner of the Historic Routt County Award of Excellence; and Missy Borden’s “Breakfast at Creekside” won the Main Street Steamboat Award of Excellence.  Honorable Mentions included Adam Zabel’s “Sarvis Overview” and Gary Gore’s “Fish Creek Ablaze.”

Mike Beeman, “Around the Bend,” 2017, oil (Second Place)
Rich Galusha, “Steamboat Lake,” 2017, oil (Third Place)
Stephen Henry, “Steamboat at Night,” 2017, oil (Historic Routt County Award of Excellence)
Adam Zabel, “South Routt Ranch,” 2017, oil (Community Agriculture Alliance Award)
Adam Zabel, “Sarvis Overview,” 2017, oil (Honorable Mention)
Gary Gore, “Fish Creek Ablaze,” 2017, oil (Honorable Mention)

To learn more, visit the Steamboat Art Museum.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Editor PleinAir Today, Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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