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This year, artists from Colorado, age 15 and older created art en plein air (outdoors, from life, rather from photos or other references) for six days, from June 5th through the 10th. 


This art is now on exhibit at Boulder’s Canyon Center, 1881 9th, suite 110, (9th & Walnut) through July 2. Gallery Hours: June 12 - July 3, noon to 6, Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday.


This year’s Competition Juror was artist Mario Miguel Echevarria. Here are the winning artworks. Photos will be added soon.

  • 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



In 2017, we created the Boulder Plein Air Festival (BPAF.) The Festival requires application and jury review and is open to artists from around the U.S. Artists selected through our jury process  \come to Boulder County to paint and compete for notoriety, cash awards and the opportunity to market and sell the art produced during the Festival. BPAF strengthens the national reputation of our area as an arts destination and celebrates the beauty found throughout Boulder County.

In 2020, we hosted a variety of social distance-appropriate plein air paint outs. The Dakota Plein Air Challenge brought a variety of artists to northwest Boulder to paint various views of the foothills. These works were on exhibit as a Window Gallery in the Dakota Ridge clubhouse at Laramie & Ralston. We held a Plein Air Paint Out on the golf course during our first annual All FORE! Art Golf & Art Benefit. Finished work was displayed and sold at the Art Reception following the golf tournament. Results of the Boulder Valley Ranch Paint Out sold well at our Nobo POP Gallery in the fall. All of these pieces can be viewed and purchased in our online Shop. 

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Mary Horrocks and Awards Judge Mario Ech
Mary Horrocks and Awards Judge Mario Ech

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Kathleen Reilly_Best Cityscape

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