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Telluride Plein Air

The Sheridan Arts Foundation (SAF) will be hosting their 17th annual Telluride Plein Air Festival September 18 and 19 from 10-6 pm in Elks Park and the Sheridan Opera House courtyard. The SAF normally hosts this festival over the Fourth of July, but due to the onset of COVID-19, the event was postponed and sized down. Instead of the usual 25 artists, the SAF will be bringing in 11 nationally renowned Plein Air painters who will spend 5 days in and around Telluride capturing the area’s beauty en plein air. This will be the first time the festival has been held as Telluride’s landscape changes to breathtaking, vibrant fall colors.

The Telluride Plein Air’s participating artists were selected through a juried process, in which applicants submitted images and a biography to be reviewed by a panel of artists, gallery owners and educators.

For the duration of the sale, each artists will follow the CDC guidelines of wearing a mask at all times, each booth will be at least 6 feet apart, and the SAF will encourage the artists to keep their distance from those who wish to stop and enjoy the art.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation created this event 17 years ago to benefit community programming and the continual upkeep and restoration at the historic Sheridan Opera House in Telluride. The Sheridan Opera House has provided quality entertainment to Telluride since 1913. All artwork profits will be split with 40 percent benefiting the SAF, and 60 percent retained by the artists. With the halt of virtually all of the Sheridan Opera House’s programming due to COVID-19, this festival is more crucial than ever to keeping the Sheridan Opera House’s doors open.

WHEN: September 18 & 19, 2020, 10-6 PM

WHERE:  Elks Park & Oak Street Park, Telluride, CO.


Marc Anderson, WI; Kirsten Anderson Nielson, CA; Suzie Baker, TX; Jill Banks, VA; Allen Brockbank, UT; David Dallison, IL; Jody Kauflin, CO; Tammie Lane, CO; Alison Menke, MD; Bill Meuser, CO; Tara Will, MD