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The 2024 Boulder County Plein Air Festival


Since 2017, Open Studios has created plein air art events and festivals in Boulder County. Through a competitive process, 40 excellent  plein air artists from across the country have been selected to compete in this year’s Festival. 


Boulder County is located along the Colorado Rockies Front Range, featuring diverse natural landscapes, from the Flatirons formation, to views of Longs Peak, mountain towns and open spaces. 


Watch this page for the announcement of participating artists in early March.


Important Dates:

  • June 1 – 7: Painting

  • June 8, 2024: Opening Reception & Awards

  • Exhibit open to the public, noon to 6, Thursdays-Sundays through July 5, 2024

  • July 4, 2024: Exhibit open to the public during Niwot's 4th of July Festivities

  • July 5, 2024: First Friday Art Walk in downtown Niwot, Plein Air Exhibit will be open     until 9pm

  • July 5, 2024: Exhibit and Sale closes


Sponsors Wanted!

Make a positive impact for your brand by becoming a Plein Air Fest sponsor. Reach a targeted demographic with your message, and help us bring new audiences to beautiful Boulder County. 


As a sponsor, you’ll have multiple opportunities to promote your business while you support Open Studios and local and national artists. Sponsorships are available form $100 to $5,000. In-kind sponsorships welcome. Interested? Contact us at


2024 Boulder County Plein Air Festival Steering Committee:

Lindsay Jane Ternes (chairperson)

Sue Cable

Kay Keyes Farrar

Christine Springer
Jan Vanderlinden

Mary Horrocks (ex officio as Executive Director for Open Studios)

Rem Robinson Poppies & Flatiron - 2022 winner.jpeg

Our 2024 logo artwork is by Remington Robinson, winner, "Best Flatirons Image" at the 2022 Boulder County Plein Air Event.

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BCPAE 2021 Astrid Paustian Oxford Road F
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BCPAE 2021 Anita Winter Oxford Road Farm
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Kathy Bogan Plein Air in Boulder's Centr
sue Cable en plein air close up painting
BCPAE 2021 Sara Rockinger Thread Paintin
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