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"
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 15-26 with the event culminating on August 29 with a Quick Paint and auction in the morning and a Gala Reception in the evening. Over $10,000 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 has been extended to Thursday, April 30.
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 15-26, with the show opening August 29 and running through September 27.
This year’s schedule of events:
August 15 - 29 - 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 22 - 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 24 Estes Valley Plein Air – Artists’ Get together – Nocturne Paint Out
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. EVPA artists are invited to attend a get together party from 6-8 and then to go out and paint from 8-10.
Wednesday, August 26 Estes Valley Plein Air – Artists’ Breakfast
EVPA artists are invited to enjoy a breakfast at the Art Center and turn in their three Plein Air entries, 1 Nocturne painting or 1 Paint Our Town painting (if completed) plus 1 miniature and one reserve for a total of 6 paintings. Breakfast is 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Artwork may be turned in until 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 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 by 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 27 Estes Valley Plein Air – Educational Program with Q&A to follow
An educational program will be offered in collaboration with the Estes Park Museum. A free presentation opened to all artists and the public.
Friday, August 28 Estes Valley Plein Air – End of the Paint Out Party
EVPA artists are invited to attend a party at the Art Center, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Food and beverages provided.
Saturday, August 29 Estes Valley Plein Air Quick Paint & Auction
8:30 a.m. –12 noon. Riverside Plaza in downtown Estes Park. Registration begins at
Saturday, August 29 Estes Valley Plein Air – Gala Opening and Awards Ceremony
Gala Reception 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Awards Ceremony 6:30 p.m. All artwork is for sale.
August 29 – September 27 Estes Valley Plein Air – Exhibition and Art Sale
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. – 5 p.m.
September 30 Art Center delivers work to shipper to return to artists
We are working on organizing two different group paint outs for this event.
To learn more about Estes Valley Plein Air or if you have questions, please email email@example.com.
"Chapel on the Rocks" by Krystal Brown