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The 2024 Boulder County Plein Air Festival

In the coming week, 39 artists from across Colorado and beyond will be seen in towns, on open space, in local parks and other places, capturing their pick of Boulder County scenes on paper, canvas and board. The historic town of Niwot is our hub for the Festival, with the awards presentation and Festival Exhibit to be held in the gallery in the converted Niwot Feed & Grain Store at 291 2nd Avenue, Niwot. 


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.


Festival Events & Activities


  • June 1st – 7th: Artists will be Painting throughout Boulder County.


      Festival Exhibit of Artwork Held at the Feed & Grain Store Gallery, 291 2nd Avenue, Niwot , CO


  • June 8th, 5 to 6 pm: VIP FIRST LOOK HOUR at the Festival Art Exhibit, Niwot Feed & Grain Store Gallery, 291 2nd Avenue, Niwot, CO. VIP Invitation or Ticket Required. Get your $20 ticket HERE. 

  • June 8th, 6 to 8 pm: Exhibit Opening Reception; Awards will be announced at 6:30 pm.

       Music on the Courtyard with the Wallpaper House Band | Cocktails by Vapor Distillery and Other Refreshments in the Gallery

  • 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 Workshops and Activities for the Public


  • June 18th, 9 am - noon: All Levels Plein Air Painting/Drawing Class with Kathleen Lanzoni Join us for an inspirational plein air painting class at Walden Ponds, 5201 St Vrain Rd, Longmont, taught by award-winning artist Kathleen Lanzoni. We'll meet at the Cottonwood Marsh Shelter, where you'll get initial instruction from Kathleen, then will select a subject for your painting. There are views of the mountains, flora and marsh, waterfowl and other wildlife - choose what inspires you! Kathleen will stop by each participant often to give encouragement, guidance and tips. See more about Kathleen Lanzoni HERE. REGISTER for the Class HERE .

  • 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


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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BCPAE 2021 Sara Rockinger Thread Paintin
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