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About Kevan Krasnoff - A link from our e-newsletter of July 9th mistakenly directed readers to this page. We apologize for the error. Kevan passed away on June 28th and we miss him dearly. Plans for a celebration of life are pending and will be announced on his Open Studios artist page, when we know more. 


The 2024 Boulder County Plein Air Festival

Festival Exhibit open to the public Noon to 5pm Thursdays - Sundays through July 5th

Thirty eight artists from across Colorado and beyond arrived in Boulder County on June 1st and spent six days painting images of the county's towns, open space lands, parks and other places of their choice. The paintings they produced during the Festival paint-out period are on exhibit and offered for sale at the Niwot Feed & Grain Store,  291 2nd Avenue, Niwot. WATCH THIS PAGE for a link to an online gallery of Festival artworks TO COME.


A storm tore through Niwot on June 8th, the opening day of the Festival Exhibit, knocking out electrical power. We held an opening reception, largely in the dark that evening - that was one for the record books! When the lights came back on, shortly after 7pm, Festival artists cast votes in a peer-selection system for artwork they felt should receive awards.

The following awards were presented:


Best in Show ($1,000 cash award) to Kathleen Lanzoni, Boulder, for “Past & Present”

1st Place ($750 cash award) to Betsy Menand, Ohio City, CO, for "South Boulder Creek"

2nd Place ($500 cash award) to John Slivjak, Philadelphia, PA for “Chautauqua Park”

3rd Place ($250 cash award) to George Sanderson, Boulder, for "The Flatirons"

Honorable Mention ($100 cash award) to Linda Bice, Boulder, for “Boulder Spring”

Honorable Mention ($100 cash award) to Scott Willhite, Boulder, for “Mostly Sunny on Cherryvale”

Best Flatirons Image ($300 cash award) to Lindsay Jane Ternes, Boulder, for “Flatirons Early Bird Special”

Best Historic Niwot Image ($300 cash award) to Marcio Correa, Longmont, for “The Tribune en Plein Air”

Best Nocturne ($300 cash award) to Kathleen Lanzoni, Boulder, for “From Dusk ‘til Dawn”

Purchase Award ($375 cash award) to Katie Curcio, Manitou Springs, CO for "Viele Reflections"

Director’s Honorable Mention ($50 cash award) to Katie Curcio, Manitou Springs, CO for “Timeless Treasures” 


The following artists were selected through a rigorous jury process to compete in this year’s Festival. Click on artists' names to visit their websites, view portfolios, and learn about them.

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

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Festival Exhibit:

  • June 9th - July 5th: Exhibit open to the public, noon to 5, Thursdays through Sundays

  • July 4th, 8 am - 5 pm: Exhibit open to the public for 4th of July Festivities

  • July 5th, noon - 9 pm: Exhibit open to the public through the afternoon and during First Friday Art Walk

  • July 5th, noon - 5 pm: Final Day of the Exhibit


Additional Plein Air Workshop for the Public

  • June 29th, 10 - 11:30 am: Developing Poetic Wakefulness: Looking to See…Seeing to Appreciate. Join Michael Franklin for a 90 minute dive into art appreciation as a contemplative practice. Paintings created by artists in the 2024 Boulder County Plein Air Festival will surround you and provide inspiration for developing a unique kind of introspective practice. Poetic writing will also be used as part of the workshop. See more about Michael Franklin HERE. REGISTER for the Class HERE. 


Thank You 2024 Plein Air Festival Sponsors!


Sage Wirth, Founder & Owner of Liberty Puzzles - Guiry's Color Source - Rene Vellinga, 8Z Realtor - Francine Weaver -Family Hearing - Meininger's Art Supply - Creative Framing Art Gallery in Louisville, CO - Debbie & Steve Stewart - Judson's Art Outfitters/Guerrilla Painter Osmosis Gallery - Dennis Daly - Gunbarrel Import Motors - Left Hand Animal Hospital - Trader Joe's - Yellow Barn Farm - Oxford Road Farm - Niwot Cultural Art Association - John Fischer


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)

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