Monday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 20 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. 20 at the Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 E. Second St., where more than $3,000 in prize money will be awarded. The judge this year is Ken Mackay.
For the Public
\00n 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. 19 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 20th from 1 to 3 p.m. NEW MYSTERY LOCATION in Florence. New Mystery location is a fantastic site for all to paint or view. Artists will meet at the Bell Tower at 12pm for directions to the mystery location. Artists will create pieces from prop-set scenes, natural venue or mystery items within the mystery location and their work will be for sale at the Artists' Reception that follows. With a Chili/Soup supper.
For the Artists
Registration: Early Bird - pre-registration is $40.00 postmarked by September 15th. Registration during event is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bell Tower is $50 per artist. Artist my submit up to four paintings. Minimum size 5"x 7" / Maximum size 24" x 36" (overall including frame). Begin painting after registration and after 8 am on Monday Oct 15 and within the expanded boundaries, including Colon Orchards for harvest-themed scenes, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. & Dinosaur Experience on highway 50 in Canon City, Florence Mountain park and other rural mountain vistas.
Artists' "Dinner on the Range" evening at the home of Tom & Peg Piltingsrud surrounded by numerous painting venues. Enjoy a wonderful rural vistas to paint your afternoon into evening followed by supper at 5pm on Tuesday 16th.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park : Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th (Free entry for artists with provided badge)
Dinosaur Experience - Thursday 18th (Free entry for artists with provided badge)
Florence - Paint the Town - Friday Oct 19th , painting in a 6 blk radius of downtown,
Painters/Patrons- Mingle @ Baker's will be evening of Friday, Oct. 19.
Quick Draw @ Mystery Location - Saturday Oct. 20, meet at Bell Tower at 12 for mystery location, paint 1-3 pm
Reception and Dinner at Bell Tower - Saturday Oct 20 Dinner starting 4 pm - Reception at 6 pm