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Join us at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder on June 11 for the exhibit, reception and art auction. Artists from around the region will show artwork they’ve created out-of-doors during the week-long plein air competition. All the art is of scenes from around Boulder County. Meet the artists at the reception at 4:00, 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 at 5:15.


Presented by Open Studios and Colorado Chautauqua, with major sponsorship from the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, Create Boulder and Howard O. Bernstein, P.C., Attorneys at Law. 

Doors open to see the exhibit, Sat, June 11 at 2:00.

VIP Meet-the-Artists Reception (Ticket Required) from 4:00 to 8:00.

See full schedule below.

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. 

Schedule for June 11, 2 – 8 pm:   Event, Auction and VIP Reception. See the exhibit, meet the artists,  and cast your bids for your favorite scenes in a silent auction and during a fun-filled live auction.  Tickets for the Exhibit (Free) & Meet-the-Artist Reception (ticket required $25 + service fee). 

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

  • 4:00 - 7:00  VIP Meet-the-Artist Reception on The Terrace (ticket required $25)

  • 5:15  Silent Auction paused for Awards Presentation & Live Auction of award-winning art

  • 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

NOTE: Guests not attending the VIP Reception may view the exhibit and participate in Silent and Live Auctions. All guests, whether bidding or not, are welcome to watch the award presentation and the live auction.


2022 Plein Art Event Participating Artists 

* denotes award-winner in 2021 Boulder County Plein Air Event















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


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

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2022 Event Sponsors:
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Cody Abshire

Barbara Yates Beasley*

Sue Cable*

Margaret Connery-Boyd

Linda Sole Faul

Jill Gartland

Elizabeth Jenny

Jessica Lanan*

Dylan Luger

Kayleigh Mellett

Dennis Mueller

Louise Pearson

Kathleen Reilly*

George Sanderson

Susan Serreze

Gretchen Acharya*

Linda Bice

Rebecca Caridad

Lamya Deeb*

Lilian Franklin

Bonnie Hautamaki*

Jason Kapella

Kathleen Lanzoni*

Susan Mantey

Jacque Michelle

Shannon O'Dunn

Lisa Pentz

Camie Rigirozzi

Sara Sanderson*

Anne Severn

Albert Wallace

Nina Brandin

Francesca Carlin

Gail Denton

Keith French

Danitza Hill

Andy Knolla

Khiri Lee

Renate Marie

Jeanne Mitchell*

Caren Paul

Ann Phillips

Remington Robinson*

Sarah Sandusky

Christine Springer

Rachel Atiste

Meredith Brooks

Victoria Concepcion

Bill Enyart*

Carol Gantos

Brigitte Howe

Anne Kullaf*

Whitman Lindstrom*

Julia McKeag

Megan Morgan

Astrid Paustian

Dustin Pippenger

Brandy Rothman

Constance Schmidt

Elle Staron

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