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"
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
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
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.
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