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Telluride Plein Air Festival

  • Date

    Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2018
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2018 festival details have yet to be released. Please check back soon for more!

 The Telluride Plein Air Festival draws artists from around the country to paint "en plein air" (in the outdoors) and exhibit and sell their work. 

Their scenes of Telluride and the surrounding areas simultaneously capture the mountain spirit of this special place and celebrate the art of painting in the outdoors. 


2017 Festival Details

A three-day Art Exhibition and Sale will be held July 2-4th and will feature the works of flower-filled meadows, majestic mountains, and colorful Telluride scenery. Please note that the artists can only show 8 paintings at a time, so the display will continually change as paintings begin to sell. 


Schedule of Events:

June 28 – July 4, 2017 - all day

Visitors and locals alike will have the unique opportunity to observe 22 of the nation's top plein air artists as they paint on location in Telluride. 


June 28-30- 3 - 7 p.m.                             

Wet Room Open in Sheridan Opera House’s SHOW Bar

Artists will hang newly completed pieces for viewing and sale in the days leading up to the main sale.  This is a perfect way for people who won’t be in town for the Fourth of July holiday to purchase artwork in advance, or for others to get a preview of what will be available at the sale.


June 30 (1-3 p.m)

Mountain Village Paint Outs: See the artists in action during the Farmers Market in a 90-minute competition. Winner will be awarded $250.


July 1

Artist Choice Preview:Stop by the Sheridan Opera House to preview or purchase each artist’s favorite piece created throughout the week in Telluride and get a sneak peak of the Opera House Bar.  All paintings will be up for sale.

5-6 p.m. VIP Artist Choice Preview and Wine Tasting: Annual supporters of the Sheridan Opera House will be invited for a wine and cheese party to preview the crème de la crème of the Telluride Plein Air.

6-7 p.m.: open to the public: The Artist Choice winner will be awarded $1,500 at 7 p.m.


July 1

Dirty Dozen Brass Band live in concert:9 p.m., Sheridan Opera House, tickets available at  


July 2-4

Plein Air Exhibition & Art Sale - Sheridan Opera House Courtyard /Elks Park - This event is free and open to the public!  Plein Air posters, notecards and small prints will be available for sale.

July 2- 11 a.m.-7 p.m., July 3 - 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. & July 4 - 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.(pause from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for the Fourth of July parade)