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This year’s event is open to all artists, age 15 and older, regardless of ability. Registration is required to submit art for the Event’s Awards Competition and Sale at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium on June 11th.


Capture all the Boulder County scenes of your choice  – open space or urban –  by making art "en plein air" in the medium of  your choice, June 3rd through 10th, then consign this art June 11th for the final exhibit and auction that afternoon and evening. 


Artists of any skill level are invited to participate - REGISTER HERE.

2022 Plein Air Event Awards Juror, Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt was recently ranked by ArtdataIntel as the twelfth most awarded artist in the U.S. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums internationally and she’s represented by galleries across the US, as well as her native England. Hunt is a Master Signature Member of PAPNM and WAOW, a Signature Member of AIS, OPA, LPAPA, AWA, PAAC, and an artist member of the Salmagundi Club and the California Art Club. Now based in Colorado, she frequently paints plein air, and continues to be awed, and inspired by, the beauty surrounding her. 


There will be frequent updates to the information here.


Plein Air Event Schedule 

  • June 3-9, 8 am to 2 pm each day:  SUBSTRATE STAMPING with this year's event date,    at Chautauqua (900 Baseline Road), where you'll find our volunteer at the Open Studios info tent in front of the new outdoor Cafe beside the Dining Hall. A stamp is necessary for acceptance into event exhibit and sale.

    • ALTERNATIVE LOCATION: The office of 1st Congregational Church, 1128 Pine Street, downtown Boulder. Open Studios volunteers will help you there from 8 to noon on June 3rd. After that, see JULIE in the church office, 9 am to 2 pm WEEKDAYS only. Questions? Contact us:

  • June 3-10:  Paint, draw, sculpt, stitch, etc. the Boulder County scenes of your choice (observe applicable site rules and regulations). A list of suggested painting locations with accessible restroom facilities will be provided to registrants. NOTE – Our partnership with Chautauqua allows you to create art at Chautauqua whenever you like during the Event Week. There are restrooms in the lower level of the Dining Hall and also behind the Auditorium. This year, there are TWO special award categories – BEST FLATIRONS IMAGE and BEST HISTORIC CHAUTAUQUA IMAGE.


  • June 11, 9 am to noon:  Artwork drop-off & consignment for Event Exhibit and Sale at Chautauqua Auditorium. Short term parking for artists dropping off artwork will be made available behind the auditorium. Map to come. Each registered artist may consign three pieces created during the Event Week.


  • June 11, 2 – 8 pm:   Event Reception, Exhibit and Auction. Join us at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder to see the artwork created out-of-doors during the week-long competition. Meet the artists, view the exhibit of between 100 and 200 pieces of original art, and cast your bids for your favorite scenes in the silent auction and during a fun-filled live auction.  Tickets for the Plein Air Reception.

    • 2:00 Doors open. Come see the art and begin placing bids on silent auction artworks 

    • 4:00 - 7:00  VIP reception (tickets $25)

    • 5:15 Silent auction closes until after the awards presentation & live auction

    • 5:30 Awards presentation followed by live auction. Award-winning art will be sold through the live auction.

    • 6:30 (approximate) Close of live auction & re-opening of silent auction for final bidding

    • 7:15 - 8:00 Close of silent auction, patron check out and pick up of purchased artwork


Boulder County Plein Air Event - Artist Registration: $85.     REGISTER HERE.

Students/Emerging Artists (15 - 21) $25 

* Current Open Studios Artist Members receive a $10 discount.  Email to receive discount code.

* Scholarship and sliding scale fee inquiries welcome. Contact us: / 303.444.1862


Participation Waiver - Registrant acknowledges that registration and participation is voluntary, and that by registering for this event he/she/they is solely responsible for any loss, sickness, damage or injury, including death, that may be sustained on the premises or any location where any event/activity is being conducted. Registrant acknowledges that he/she/they will be participating in a group activity during an ongoing pandemic and is solely responsible for any sickness or injury, including death that may arise from participation. Registrant agrees to hold Open Studios and their employees, associates, directors and volunteers, harmless from any loss, financial or otherwise, resulting from accident, theft, breakage, fire, flood or any other cause or Act of God. Refunds - Full payment is required with registration. Open Studios recognizes that life happens and will refund you 90% of Event fees paid if you find it necessary to cancel by May 1, 2022. After May 1, we will refund 90% of fees paid. Open Studios reserves the right to cancel the event. If the event is cancelled, registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid. Publicity Waiver - Unless informed otherwise, Open Studios will consider photographs taken of participants and of their artwork to be permissible for publication in promotional materials, including on the internet.


2022 Boulder County Plein Air Event Award Categories:

NOTE: We are seeking award sponsors – if you, your employer or your business would like information, contact us: or leave a message at 303-444-1862.


Best of Show - $500 (Best of Show sponsored by The Smouse Family)

Oil - 1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $100 (2nd Place sponsored by Britan Therapy)

Acrylic - 1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $100

Watercolor - 1st Place - $250 (1st Place sponsored by Cameron W. Tyler and Associates)       | 2nd Place - $100 (2nd Place sponsored in honor of LaBoyta Garnand)

Pastel - 1st Place - $250  (1st Place sponsored in memory of Martha Reidel)

   | 2nd Place - $100

Drawing - 1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $100

Nocturne - 1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $100

   (Both 1st & 2nd Place sponsored by Anonymous)

View of the Flatirons - 1st Place - $250 (1st Place sponsored by Accord ADR Group)

   | 2nd Place - $100 (2nd Place sponsored by Marco Montanari & Kathy Zilbermann)

Historic Chautauqua Image - 1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $100

   (Both 1st & 2nd Place sponsored by Chris Parks Law)

New Twist on Plein Air - 1st Place - $250 (1st place sponsored by Schacht Spindle Co Inc)       | 2nd Place - $100 (2nd Place sponsored in honor of Dr Richard Garnand)

   This category includes mediums like woodcut, felting/fiber arts, bas relief sculpture.

Emerging Artist (ages 18-21) - 1st Place - $250 (1st Place sponsored by MercuryFraming) 

   | 2nd Place - $100

Student (ages 15 - 17) - 1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $100


2021 Boulder County Plein Air Event Award Winners:

  • Best of Show: "Flatirons Feeling" 24" x 48" Oil by Hannah Shook, painted at Chautauqua in Boulder

  • Best Landscape: "Silver Reflections" 10" x 10" Oil by Sara Sanderson, painted at Coot Lake

  • Best Cityscape: "Pastel Nightfall" 9" x 12" Oil on Panel by Kathleen Reilly, painted at the overlook at Flagstaff Mountain

  • Best Nocturne: "Night in the Neighborhood" 6" x 9" Digital iPad Drawing by Anne Kullaf, created at 18th Street in North Boulder


  • First Place Watercolor: "Golden Hour" by Kathleen Lanzoni

  • First Place Oil: "Watching Storms at Stoplights" 8" x 6" by Lamya Deeb, painted at Whistlestop Park in Niwot

  • First Place Acrylic: "Nice Bright Colors" 11" x 14" Gouache on wood panel by Whitman Lindstrom, painted at Chautauqua

  • First Place Pastel: "Aging Gracefully" 10" x 10" by Clare Scott, painted at Left Hand Creek near Ollin Farms

  • First Place Drawing: "11 a.m. and Heating Up" 12" x 16" Graphite on Paper by Kathleen Reilly, created at a farm on Hwy 66

  • First Place New Twist on Plein Air: "Flatirons One" 11" x 14" Fiber Art Thread Painting by Sara Rockinger, painted from 3rd floor balcony, Canyon Center, Boulder

  • First Place Student: "Day at Chautauqua" 8" x 10" Graphite by Jack Wysong, drawn at Chautauqua


  • Second Place Watercolor: "The Car Wash" 12.5" x 11" by Jessica Lanan, painted at Broadway & Rosewood, Boulder

  • Second Place Oil: "Breath of an Oncoming Storm" 8" x 10" by Lamya Deeb, painted at Whistlestop Park in Niwot

  • Second Place Acrylic: "It's Poppy Season" 12" x 9" by Sue Cable, painted at Sanitas Side Trail to 4th Street, Boulder

  • Second Place Pastel: "Subaru Nation" 16" x 20" by Lonny Granston, painted at North Boulder Park

  • Second Place Drawing: "Building with a Sordid Past" 16" x 21" Mixed Media on Paper by John  Aaron, created at 8th & Pearl Streets, Boulder

  • Second Place New Twist on Plein Air: "First Flatiron" 8" x 10" Woodcut Print by Theresa Haberkorn, created at Chautauqua

  • Second Place Student: "North Boulder Ranch" 8" x 10" Pastel by Cole Wysong, painted at North Boulder Ranch

  • Third Place Watercolor: "Storm Clouds" 11" x 14" by Anita Winter, painted at Hwy 93, Eldorado View

  • Third Place Oil: "Green Bug Parked in the Shade" Oil on Wood Panel

  • in Altoids Tin by Remington Robinson, painted in Boulder

  • Third Place Acrylic: "Mountain Flowers" 12" x 12" by Jeanne Mitchell,

  • painted in Gold Hill

  • Third Place Pastel: "Summer Tree" 21" x 17" by Gretchen Acharya,

  • painted on University of Colorado Campus, Boulder

  • Third Place Drawing: "Garden Pony" 8" x 10" Ink Drawing by Bonnie Hautamaki, created at Campbell Farm, Longmont

  • Third Place New Twist on Plein Air (tie): "Spacious Skies" 25" x 40" Mixed Media Glass by Bill Enyart, created on Lookout Road

  • Third Place New Twist on Plein Air (tie): "Pollen Season" 6" x 6" Fiber Art by Barbara Yates Beasley, created at Betasso Preserve


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