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“Cornet Blues” 2023, by Marc Anderson

June 30 - July 6, 2024

Welcome to Telluride Plein Air

– Hosted by the Sheridan Arts Foundation –

Each summer, over the Fourth of July weekend, the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20-25 nationally renowned plein air artists in beautiful Telluride, Colorado for a week of outdoor art.

The Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride’s Independence Day festivities, allowing locals and tourists alike to observe some of the nation’s top plein air artists at work. The festival culminates in a three-day sale, where the artists display the work they have created all week long. The festival has over $15,000 in cash and prizes.

Paintings

first light painting at plein air festival
Artwork from past festivals including works for sale and the artist choice winners from each year.

Artists

Telluride Plein Air Festival Artwork
Nationally renowned plein air artists from around the country gather each summer to paint the Telluride scenery.

Schedule

Downtown Telluride as seen by artist Wayne McKenzie
A fun-filled summer week with art exhibitions, competitions and celebration of outdoor painting in Telluride.

2023 Festival Winners

2023 Artist Choice Winners

First Place Artist Choice

Cornet Blues by Marc Anderson

 

 

Second Place Artist Choice

Winding Road by Suzie Baker

 

 

Third Place Artist Choice

The Idarado Mine by Mat Barber Kennedy


2023 Quick Draw Winners

First Place Quick Draw

Sheridan Celebration by Michele Byrne

 

 

Second Place Quick Draw

The Show Must Go On by Richie Vios

2022 Artist Choice Winners

First Place Artist Choice

Falling for the Falls by Marc Anderson

 

 

Second Place Artist Choice

Peaks and Valleys by Antwan Ramar (available for purchase)

 

 

Third Place Artist Choice

Sanctuary by Suzie Baker

2022 Quick Draw Winners

First Place Quick Draw

Mist Light by Christine Lashley

Second Place Quick Draw

Alley Grow- Telluride by Alison Leigh Menke

Plein Air Highlights

A presentation of the Sheridan Arts Foundation.