Monday, Oct. 17 to Saturday, Oct. 22 Six days of plein air painting fun amid the charming sights in and around historic downtown Florence, Colo. Local and regional artists will gather to compete, setting up their easels throughout town. The public is invited to watch them paint their interpretations of the area and to gather at the reception held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 E. Second St., where more than $2,000 in prize money will be awarded. The judge this year is Laura Reilly past Paint The Town winner and well-known regional artist and art instructor.
For the Public
En Plein Air is a French expression that means "in the open air" and is often used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Spectators of the Florence Arts Council Paint the Town event may see artists working on such scenes as historic buildings, doorways, colorful flowers or even people. Friday, Oct. 21 may be the best opportunity to see artists at work since they will be restricted to a six block radius of downtown Florence from the intersection of Pikes Peak and Main Streets. Another great event is the Quick Draw on Saturday 22nd from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pioneer Park, located at West Third Street and Pikes Peak Avenue in Florence. Artists will create pieces from prop-set scenes within the park and their work will be for sale at the Artists' Reception that follows. With a Chili supper.
For the Artists
Registration: Early Bird - pre-registration is $35.00 due in by August 30th. Registration during event is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bell Tower is $40 per artist. Artist my submit up to five paintings. Begin painting after registration and after 8 am on Monday Oct 17 and within the expanded boundaries, including Colon Orchards for harvest-themed scenes or the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 led by TBA. (Pre-registration required.)
Artists' Barbeque "Beach Party" evening of Tuesday, Oct. 18 down on the Arkansas River. Painting venues available for painting.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Wednesday Oct 19 or Thursday Oct 20. (Free entry for artists with provided badge)
Painters/Patrons mixer will be evening of Friday, Oct. 21.
Quick Draw in the Park - Saturday Oct. 22 1-3 pm
Reception and Dinner at Bell Tower - Saturday Oct 22 Dinner starting 4 pm - Reception at 5 pm