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 2021
"Rediscovering the Art of Plein Air in the Rockies"
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, a poster/postcard and wine label contest, a nocturne paint out opportunity, a miniature contest, a group paint out, an educational program and a Quick Paint at Riverside Plaza 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 and awards ceremony at the Art Center of Estes Park and will be for sale for a month, attracting many art collectors and plein air aficionados. 2021's event will take place August 14-24, with the show opening August 28 and running through September 25.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS –
Please note: If Larimer County Covid-19 regulations are still in place, changes may need to be made in events involving group size or food availability.
August 14 – 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.
Monday, August 23
Estes Valley Plein Air – Artist’s 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 2
Estes Valley Plein Air – Albert Bierstadt Experience
10:00 a.m. Group Paint Out
Wednesday, August 25
Artist Breakfast - EVPA artists are invited to attend a breakfast at the Art Center and turn in their three entries that may include 1 nocturne painting plus 1 miniature and one reserve for a total of 5 paintings.
Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Artwork may be turned in until 3 p.m.
Thursday, August 26
Educational Film or Seminar with Q&A to follow
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free – All artists and the public invited.
Friday, August 27
Estes Valley Plein Air – Party
EVPA artists are invited to attend an end of the paint out party at the Art Center 6 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 28
Estes Valley Plein Air Quick Paint & Auction
8:30 – 12:00 p.m. Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 28
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 28 – September 25
Estes Valley Plein Air Sale and Exhibition
Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. All artwork is for sale.
September 27 and 28
EVPA artists pick up unsold artwork
Art Center – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 28 & 29
Art Center delivers artwork to shipper to return to artist
ESTES VALLEY PLEIN AIR 2021 PARTICPATING ARTISTS
PATTI ANDRE, Loveland, CO
CLIFF AUSTIN, Aurora, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES BIGGERS, Estes Park, CO email@example.com
MARIANNE BILLINGSLEY, Golden, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
BRUCE BOYNTON, Loveland, CO email@example.com
LON BRAUER, Granite City, IL firstname.lastname@example.org
KRYSTAL BROWN, Spring, TX email@example.com
PHILIP CARLTON, St. Paul, MN firstname.lastname@example.org
JENIFER CLINE, Loveland, CO email@example.com
ALISON DICKSON, Ft. Collins, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
JONI EMILY, Roxborough, CO email@example.com
DIANE FECHENBACH, Highlands Ranch, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDREA GABEL, Ft. Collins, CO email@example.com
ORVILLE GIGUIENTO, Littleton, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
CATHY GOODALE, Estes Park, CO email@example.com
BONNIE HAUTAMAKI, Estes Park, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
CAROL JENKINS Ward, CO email@example.com
LAURA KRATZ Grand Lake, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
MARIE MASSEY, Bellvue, CO email@example.com
TRISH MELANDER, Salt Lake City, UT firstname.lastname@example.org
LORIE MERFELD-BATSON, Westcliff, CO email@example.com
RITA PACHECO, Ridgeway, CO . firstname.lastname@example.org
LYDIA POTTOFF, Longmont, CO email@example.com
LYNDA PYKA, Pasadena, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
KATHLEEN REILLY, Longmont, CO email@example.com
SANDHYA SHARMA, Bethesda, MD firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHARD SNEARY, Kansas City, MO email@example.com
CYD SPRINGER, Loveland, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
CECY TURNER, Dallas, TX email@example.com
RICHIE VIOS, Victoria, TX firstname.lastname@example.org
TERESA VITO, Pueblo, CO email@example.com
"Chapel on the Rocks" by Krystal Brown