Plein Air Painting Comes to South Main

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By Nora Larimer

Rock Run Gallery, South main Street

For the 3rd year in a row, the Colorado Mountain Plein Air Painting Festival takes place in the Upper Arkansas Valley from Leadville to Cotopaxi. Local artists as well as others from several states will be arriving to paint the area. This year’s dates are September 16-26, during the height of the fall color.  There are many events and “paint-outs” with awards, and two of the events will take place in the South Main Neighborhood in Buena Vista.

On September 23rd, there is a “paint-out” sponsored by Rock Run Gallery, (902 South Main). Artists will paint the neighborhood, including the nearby Arkansas River. Starting early that morning, they must have their paintings to Rock Run by 1pm to be judged by owner Nora Larimer and prizes will be awarded. The public is invited to observe and buy paintings “hot off the easels”!

September 25th, from 5-9pm, Rock Run Gallery will sponsor the final reception for the artists. They will bring their best three paintings to the gallery to be judged for awards for the whole 10-day event. The judge for the whole event will be Teresa Vito, an award-winning, professional oil painter from Pueblo, Colorado. A representative from Southwest Art Magazine, as well as other local business representatives, will be present to give business awards. Anyone wishing to support the event in this way should call Nora at 719-221-9398.

For a full schedule of events- including “paint-outs” at the Buena Vista Farmer’s Market, along Hwy 285, along Monarch Mountain Pass, as well as oil, watercolor, and pastel workshops being offered, please visit

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