about  us

The Art Center of Estes Park was established in 1987 and offers an extensive collection of fine art including painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and woodworking. In addition, we present opportunities for education in the visual arts, and act as an advocate and partner for community arts development.

This was the vision of several local artists, many of whom are still participating members. We are dedicated to education and excellence in the visual arts, and is operated through artist and community volunteers, membership, sales, and donations. Our mission is to provide a facility that supports and promotes regional artists; to present opportunities for education in the visual arts, and to act as an advocate and partner for community arts development.


The Center now represents local and regional artists from across the Rocky Mountain area. We feature the high-quality artwork of 40 local Colorado artists in a broad selection of media. Whether you’re searching for a large piece of fine art or photography to enhance your home, or the perfect gift of jewelry, fiber, pottery, or a notecard for a friend, we have it.


We feature a new exhibit approximately every six weeks, opened by a public reception featuring refreshments and entertainment.  We invite you to come and view these fine artists' work and to shop for additions to your home or business collections.

Estes Valley Plein Air

"Rediscovering the Art of Plein Air in the Rockies"

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Every August, well-known artists from all over the country converge on Estes Park for Estes Valley Plein Air. These juried and invited artists have a limited amount of time to paint “en plein air,” a French term meaning “in the open air.” They paint on location in Rocky Mountain National Park, all over the Estes Valley, and within 50 miles of Estes Park. Special events in conjunction with EVPA include “Paint Our Town,” a nocturne paint out opportunity, and Quick Draw, in which the artists paint in Riverside Park in the morning and have their completed works up for auction immediately after.

This year’s schedule of events:

August 10 – 24 

Estes Valley Plein Air Paint Out  

EVPA artists paint on location within a 50-mile radius of Estes Park, including Rocky Mountain National Park.


Saturday, August 17

Estes Valley Plein Air – Family Paint Out

Families join us for this free painting event with instructor. All levels welcome.

10 a.m. – 12 noon, Art Center of Estes Park.


Monday, August 19

Estes Valley Plein Air – Artists’ Get Together – Nocturne Paint Out

6-10 p.m. EVPA artists are invited to attend a get together party and then go out and paint.


Tuesday, August 20

Educational Film or Seminar with Q&A to follow

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free – All artists and the public invited.


Wednesday, August 21

Artist Breakfast

EVPA artists are invited to attend a breakfast at the Art Center and turn in their three entries, 1 nocturne painting, 1 paint our town painting (if completed) plus 1 miniature for a total of 6 paintings.

Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Artwork may be turned in until 4 p.m. 


Thursday, August 22

Estes Valley Plein Air – Paint our Town

EVPA artists are invited to gather at a number of suggested areas to paint our town.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Paint our town work must be turned in to the Art Center by 4 p.m.


Friday, August 23

Estes Valley Plein Air – Party

EVPA artists are invited to attend an end of the paint out party at a local restaurant

6 – 8 p.m. 


Saturday, August 24

Estes Valley Plein Air Quick Draw & Auction

8:30 – 12:00 p.m. Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park. Registration begins at

8:00 a.m.


Saturday, August 24

Estes Valley Plein Air Gala Opening Day

Gala Reception, 5 – 8 p.m. Awards at 6:30 p.m. All artwork is for sale.


August 24 – September 27

Estes Valley Plein Air Sale and Exhibition

Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. All artwork is for sale.

September 28 – 29

EVPA artists pick up unsold artwork

Art Center – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


September 30

Art Center delivers artwork to shipper to return to artist



We are very pleased to announce that we have a full slate of artists that will be participating in the 2nd Annual Estes Park Plein Air show. We are delighted to welcome the following artists:

Cliff Austin, Aurora, Colorado

Deliece Blanchard, Lynchburg, Virginia

Lon Brauer, Granite City, Illinois

Wendy Brayton, Petaluma, California

Krystal Brown, Spring, Texas

Jenifer Cline, Loveland, Colorado

Judy Crowe, Bluff Dale, Texas

Larry DeGraff, Ozark, Missouri

Alison Dickson, Fort Collins, Colorado

Patty Dwyer, Littleton, Colorado

Diane Fechenbach, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Mary Giacomini, Loveland, Colorado

Nancy Hall, Longmont, Colorado

Shelley Howard, Denver, Colorado

Svetlana Howe, Laramie, Wyoming

Katherine Irish, Placitas, New Mexico

Carol Jenkins, Ward, Colorado

Julie Klett, Estes Park, Colorado

Laura Kratz, Grand Lake, Colorado

Mary Landis, Loveland, Colorado

Kathleen Lanzoni, Boulder, Colorado

Janeice Linden, Littleton, Colorado

Lee MacLeod, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Laura Martinez-Bianco, Marlboro, New York

Marie Massey, La Selva Beach, California

David McBride, Fort Collins, Colorado

Lorie Merfeld-Batson, Westcliffe, Colorado

Mark Monsarrat, San Francisco, California

Suzanne Morris, Richmond, Virginia

Lydia Pottoff, Longmont, Colorado

Lynda Pyka, Pasadena, California

Karen Ramsay, Fort Collins, Colorado

Kathleen Reilly, Longmont, Colorado

Sandhya Sharma, Bethesda, Maryland

Cecy Turner, Dallas, Texas


The winner of our postcard/wine label contest is Lydia Pottoff from Longmont, Colorado, for her beautiful painting entitled “Nymph Lake Morning,” an 11x14 soft pastel.

"Nymph Lake Morning," by Lydia Pottoff



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517 Big Thompson Avenue, Unit 245, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

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