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This June, Plein Air is Back!

June 4 - 11:  We are excited to launch this new, inclusive plein air event in 2021. This year’s event is open to any artist from Colorado, age 15 and older, and to alumni of Open Studios’ past Boulder Plein Air Festivals. Registration is required. All participants may submit up to three pieces painted during the week to be eligible for awards. All submissions will be shown in the Event Exhibit and electronic files can also be submitted for a special online gallery. There will be no application or jury process for this event. Artists of any skill level are invited to register and participate.

During Plein Air Week, we will also be offering a Workshop with award winning artist, Lyn Boyer – "Painting With Cars." Only 15 spaces available. On June 6, Lyn will also have seven one-hour Portfolio Review sessions available. Register Soon – limited availability means first come, first served!



Boulder Strong Fundraiser in conjunction with Elevations Foundation

Choose from over forty miniature artworks, generously donated by Open Studios artists and others. Proceeds go directly to the Elevations Victims Assistance Fund and everything collected through April 6 will be matched by the Elevations Foundation. Artwork will be exhibited at R Gallery through April, as well as in our online gallery. CLICK HERE for details and to see the gallery.

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat

Deadline Extended to April 5! 

50% of registration fees will be donated

to our Boulder Strong Fundraiser.

It's March Month of Photography

Month of Photography Denver (MOP) is a biennial festival celebrating the art of photography through various events and activities across the region. This year, Open Studios is excited to be a part of this great event. We hosted a Photo Shootout at Walden Ponds, sponsored by Mike's Camera. We have also created a special Online MOP Gallery to highlight Open Studios photographers.


The Shootout Kickoff was Saturday, March 20 at 9 am, but any photos shot at Walden Ponds between March 20 and April 5 were qualified for submission to the Contest. This event was open to all photographers of any age.  MORE DETAILS HERE!


Deadline for submissions is April 15.

Crazy Times Call for Crazy Creations!

Please join us at any time in the next few weeks for a unique, super fun and FREE contest - Crazy Creations! Thanks to a generous donation from Art Parts, in order to participate you just pick up a bag of materials and create something crazy (or cool, calm, colorful, cute, comely - your choice...) The only rule - you must use the materials from Art Parts for at least 50% of your creation, (but you do not need to use all the materials in the bag.) Otherwise, go crazy - let your imagination run wild. Invite your friends and family to participate. This event is open to all, and did we mention - it's free! No registration required. Starting Saturday, March 6, just pick up your bag of materials at Art Parts, 2860 Bluff Street in Boulder. Open Mon - Sat, 10a - 6p and Sun, 11a - 4p.  Bags will be ready for pickup at a table in the front of the store. One bag per household please (make it a group project!) While you're there, check out their amazing and extensive inventory for creating.   CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS

Craziest • Commensensical • Comical • Conceptual • Cantankerous • Cutest • Curious • Coolest • Constructive • Commemorative 

Happy Valentine's Day!

THE VALENTINE PROJECT: Open Studios artists, family and friends pitched in with others from Resonance Women's Chorus, Sound Circle, Mindful Works, and Paddington Station Pre-school to create  over 400 Valentine's Day cards for Boulder County seniors. Handmade valentines were delivered to residents and staff at The Peaks Care Center in Longmont, Mesa Vista and Boulder Manor in Boulder. Art Parts also donated materials for diy-prone seniors! Special thanks to artists: Charles Alkula, Robin Bryant, Cha Cha, Demry Frankenheimer, Cindy Hinkelman-Smith, Khiri Lee, Jean Mitchell, Jean Riordan, Marla Saville and Anne Skok.

The love was much appreciated!


Pet Portrait Quickdraw Extended!


Thanks to the generosity of many of our Open Studios artists, for a limited time, your donation and a favorite photo of your pet gets you a custom pet portrait. CLICK HERE to get all the details!

Donor Marcy Miller, owner of Organic Sandwich Company, unwraps memorial  portrait of “Lola”, a gift to her friend and Lola’s guardian, Natasha. Charcoal illustration by Open Studios artist George Sanderson.


Open Studios Collaborates With Boulder Housing Partners In Art Enrichment Program For Children

We've just completed a donation of 230 art kits and 40 art goody bags for kids!

Thanks to artists Pat Chapman, Michael Deragisch and Khiri Lee, as well as support from The Community Foundation and Art Parts, this art outreach program has provided local children with a variety of awesome art enrichment activities. Additional thanks to our volunteers for the assembly and distribution of these materials: Kim Dorazewski-Smouse, Pen Volkmann, Deb Volkmann, Michael Knisely, Joseph Jimenez, Claudia Perez and Mary Horrocks.

Please Join Us During This Month of Giving


2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, particularly for non-profit organizations like Open Studios. We would not survive without you, our amazing donors and sponsors. Through the month of December, when you give, you'll receive a premium to keep or give to someone special in your life. Your donation will go a long way to promote local artists and art outreach programs for kids and adults in Boulder County. Click on the image to see all of the options!

2020 Holiday Online Gift Gallery

Tons of great gift ideas from local Boulder artists - photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more - all under $100! Be sure to check out this year's online gift gallery to find the perfect items for everyone on your list. And might as well treat yourself while you are browsing. Here's our gift to you to help celebrate the season - THANKYOU5. Use this code to get $5 off any item in our store with your purchase of $25 or more.

2020 Open Studios Exhibit at the Museum of Boulder

The exhibit, featuring one piece from each Open Studios artist will run from October 2 to 18. Pick your favorites and schedule a studio tour with our web site's new Online Booking feature. Painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry - this exhibit is sure to beautifully represent the incredible and diverse, Boulder creative visual arts community.

Museum Hours: 9 am to 5 pm everyday; closed on Tuesdays. Open till 8 pm on Wednesday.

Masks and social distancing required.

Address & Phone: 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 • 303.449.3464

POP! / The Gallery @ The Bustop Apartments

A new POP! Gallery experience for 2020. Head to The Bustop Apartments to see latest work from a variety of Open Studios artists. Painting, photography, ceramics and more. 

SIDEWALK SALE - Thurs Oct 29, Fri Oct 30, Sat Oct 31!

Wear a costume for a chance in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate.

Opening for First Friday, October 2, 5 - 9pm

Then, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 2 - 6 pm. through October.

Masks and social distancing required.

Address: 4895 Broadway, North Boulder. Parking on the west side of the building.

All FORE! Art - Golf Benefit & Art Exhibit

Friday Oct. 9th from noon to 8:00 p.m at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville.

Our first annual Golf Tournament-- All FORE! Art featured a socially-distanced 18 hole round of golf, with cocktails and art exhibit afterwards. Taking place at Coal Creek Golf Course on Friday afternoon, Oct 9, the event was a great success with over 125 people in staggered attendance throughout the evening. Music was provided by Steve Glotzer on guitar. The reception was sponsored by Tebo Properties and a unique Plein Air Paint Out, sponsored by Meininger took place on the golf course, with the golfers passing by the various artists at work, situated at different holes. Boco Cider, Mother Tucker Brewery and North Boulder Liquors all helped to keep our participants hydrated.

The Avalon Drive Thru Art Event - a vehicle-based outdoor festival!

Saturday September 26th at The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe, Boulder.

This free event provided a novel way to browse creative work from 60 local artists, while complying with the state's Covid-19 directives. Visitors stayed in their cars and actually drove through this large, covered exhibit space, with plenty of time to browse and speak with artists. The event was a popular success with over 1000 visitors.  Produced in collaboration with artist Rick Dallago and the Boulder Art Association


Congratulations to our first $100 contest winner - ANN NORRIS!

Ann participated in the August Quiz promo and won the drawing for $100 off any item in any of our online galleries. We're pretty sure we made Ann smile....

Virtual Art Classes from Open Studios

Local Boulder company Aspen Mesh is treating employees, who are working from home, to virtual Open Studios art classes one afternoon a month. As part of their initiative to support the physical and mental health of their workforce during COVID-19, these classes began in early September. A number of kids and teens homeschooling with their Aspen Mesh employee parents joined the fun, making innovative hat sculptures out of paper bags with public artist George Peters. See more about George at

If you or your business might be interested in virtual art classes, contact

The National Arts Drive

On June 20, many Open Studios artists participated in The National Arts Drive Day. Everyone got creative displaying their work outdoors - in yards, parking lots, driveways, under tents, in trees, on fences - individually or in small socially distanced groups. Art lovers all over Boulder County  took advantage of the scenic views. During this difficult time for galleries and art fairs, on this day, people were once again able to view beautiful and diverse art in their neighborhoods. Thanks to all our participating artists and to the community for coming out and coming together to support our creative community!

The Dakota Ridge Plein Air Challenge

During the week of May 24, Open Studios invited artists and other community members to the Dakota Ridge neighborhood to create art "en plein air" in parks, from street corners, and in the foothills. The resulting work is on exhibit as a walk-by window gallery in the Dakota Ridge Clubhouse on Laramie between Ralston and Pierre Streets (northwest Boulder) from May 30 through June 26. We are excited to offer all the pieces for sale in our Online Shop. Take home a beautiful original foothills perspective from one of the Dakota Ridge Challenge artists!


Many thanks to our Awards Sponsor - realtor Terry Larson, Re/Max of Boulder. 


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