Telluride Plein Air Festival

The Art of Painting Outdoors

June 28th- July 1st, 2016

It’s a bit early to have information about the 2016 Telluride Plein Air Festival, but it’s not too early to book lodging. Many veteran festivarians book their condos and hotel rooms a year in advance and the town of Telluride is mostly sold out six months before the festival! Come back later for more information on this festival.


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. 

The 2014 Schedule of Events

June 29 - July 5, 2014 - All Day— Plein Air Artists at Work - Various Locations in and around Telluride

Visitors and locals alike will have the unique opportunity to observe 28 of the nation's top plein air artists as they paint on location in Telluride, Colorado preparing for the two-day art sale on July 4 and 5.

June 29-July 4, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.— Wet Room open in Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room

New this year! 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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Plein Air Quick Draw & Sale – Main Street, Telluride 

Free and open to the public, this two-hour painting competition provides the public an opportunity to view artists in action and purchase paintings at a special price, due to the fact that they are produced in only an hour and a half. The Quick Draw Competition is open only to the Telluride Plein Air artists. This competition will be judged at 12:15 p.m. outside of the Sheridan Opera House with a public sale/auction to follow. This year we'll award a crowd favorite and judges from the Ah Haa School for the Arts will award a judged favorite. The winners will receive a cash award.

July 3, 2014 - 5-6 p.m.— VIP Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting - Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room 

Invitation only preview for a sneak peak of the week's best works. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 6-8 p.m.— Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting - Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room

Open to the public! Stop by the Sheridan Opera House to preview each artist’s favorite piece created through the week in Telluride. All paintings will be up for sale. The Artist Choice will be awarded and announced at 7 p.m. with an artists presentation and explanation of work. 

Friday & Saturday, July 4 & July 5, 2014— Plein Air Art Sale - Sheridan Opera House Courtyard /Elks Park

Join us in the Sheridan Opera House courtyard and Elks Park for a sale of pieces created during the week-long celebration. Please note that artists are limited to hanging eight paintings at one time, so new paintings will continually be displayed as others sell — especially on the second day of the sale! Please note: if there is inclement weather, the sale will be moved inside the Sheridan Opera House theater.

Forty percent of the revenues from the weekend benefit Telluride community programming through the Sheridan Arts Foundation. 

(970) 728-6363
Telluride  Colorado  81435
United States