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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The Art Center of Estes Park is currently accepting applications for its 3rd Annual Estes Valley Plein Air (EVPA) show. Thirty-six of the top plein air painters in the country will be selected to spend time painting around Estes Park. Events will be scheduled from August 14-24 with the event culminating on August 28 with a Quick Paint and auction in the morning and a Gala Reception in the evening. Over $9,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to the artists.

To apply, please go to "Online Juried Shows" by clicking the button below. The deadline to apply for this show is Sunday, April 4, 2021.




Every August, well-known artists from all over the country converge on Estes Park for this event. These juried and invited artists have a limited amount of time to paint "en plein air," a French term meaning "in open air." They paint on location in Rocky Mountain National Park and within 50 miles of the Estes Valley. Special events in conjunction with EVPA include Paint our Town, a nocturne paint opportunity, and a Quick Paint in which artists have a limited amount of time to complete paintings that are then auctioned to the public.


The paintings completed during EVPA are revealed at a gala opening at the Art Center of Estes Park and will be for sale for a month, attracting many art collectors and plein air aficionados. 2020's event will take place August 14-24, with the show opening August 28 and running through September 25.

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"Chapel on the Rocks" by Krystal Brown

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