The Sheridan Arts Foundation recently held the 12th Annual Telluride Plein Air event, hosting 31 artists for a weeklong paint-out culminating in a three-day exhibition and sale in Colorado.

From left, Patrick Saunders, Carl Bretzke, and John P. Lasater IV. Photo by Kimberly Saunders, Saunders Fine Art
Artists’ Choice awards were given to three participants, with Carl Bretzke winning First Place and $1,000, John P. Lasater IV earning Second Place and a full-page ad in PleinAir magazine, and Patrick Saunders taking Third Place and a ¼-page ad in Southwest Art. Danny Griego, of San Diego, Calif., won the Quick Draw competition. Mat Barber Kennedy, from Chicago, won the $1,000 People’s Choice award, with Kirsten Anderson getting Honorable Mention.

Jill Banks paints the historic Sheridan Opera House. Photo by Kathrine Warren 

Wayne McKenzie paints on Telluride’s main drag, Colorado Ave. Photo by Kathrine Warren

Organizers report a 30 percent jump in revenue from last year’s take, with part of the proceeds going to the Sheridan Arts Foundation. Applications for next year’s event will begin on Oct. 1.


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