The Sangres Art Guild in Custer County, Colorado, promotes the arts in the Wet Mountain Valley to create an exceptional arts-centered destination where everyone can create, support, participate and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Wet Mountain Valley.  We also operate the 3rd Street Gallery in Westcliffe.  Explore the web site to learn more.  Look below for our latest announcements.  Search the Archives for older posts.  Now go create!

PleinAir Magazine

Dark Skies Contest Deadline July 22

The neighboring towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff have earned the designation “International Dark Sky Community” – one of only nine in the world and the first in Colorado – thanks to the nonprofit Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley.

You can help the group protect this increasingly precious resource by designing a T-shirt that celebrates our dark mountain skies.

The entry deadline is July 22, with the winner to be announced July 29. The prize is $50 and five T-shirts.

The winner and other contest entries will be featured at a special exhibit and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at the 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 N. Highway 69, in Westcliffe.

Information and contest rules.

Summer Show Exhibits Fine Art in the Sangres

The 2016 Summer Show with an Ice Cream Social Reception opened to a big crowd on Saturday, July 2. Eighty to 100 people attended the two-hour event.

Twenty-one artists displayed 51 pieces of original art, including oil, acrylic, photography, fiber, watercolor, ceramics, pastel, encaustic and sculpture. The Ice Cream Social served six varieties of fresh baked pies, all perfect with enough to have seconds. The pie was accompanied by velvety, maple-vanilla, home-churned ice cream. These refreshments were superb and, while you can visit the Summer Gallery Show from now until Aug. 13 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Mondays – you really missed out if you didn’t make the social.

Congratulations to the winners. The work was of high quality and represents a diversity of talent and topics. Here are the winners.

Best of Show

  • Liz Van Someran, “Floral Reach,” Quited Fabric

Original Art including 2 & 3 dimensional work

  • 1st Place – Jean Krueger, “Co-op, Chugwater, WY,” watercolor
  • 2nd Place – Joan Rauch, “Mission,” watercolor
  • 3rd Place – Karen LeBlond, “New Moon Night Flowers,” vapor fumed raku


  • 1st Place – Greg Smith, “Sunset, San Luis Valley”
  • 2nd Place – Greg Smith, “Lightning: Mission Plaza”
  • 3rd Place – Sandra Dalton, “Taters”

Judges Choice – Terri Wiebke, “Roxy” and “Bailey,” oil on board

Honorable Mention

  • Michael Arterburn, “Crossing the Creek,” pastel
  • Sharon Conner, “Wild Iris,” watercolor
  • Jacque Keller, “Lower Sand Creek,” watercolor and ink
  • Jan Kraus, ‘Hollyhock Explosion’ oil on board
  • Nan McDowell, “Hand of God,” acrylic on canvas
  • Shorty Schockey, “Moonlight Satin,” photography
  • Steve Willman, “Silver Cliff Barn,” watercolor

Summer Show and Ice Cream Social July 2

The Sangres Art Guild invites the community to an old-fashioned ice cream social Saturday, July 2, to kick off the Guild’s Summer Show.

The juried show features original 2D, 3D and photographic works. Cash prizes will be awarded. The art show and sale runs from June 30 to Aug. 13.

The ice cream social reception are set for 4 to 6 p.m. at the eclectic 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 N. Highway 69, just off Main Street in downtown Westcliffe. Winners will be announced at the reception.

Entry to the Summer Show is June 26 and 27. See the prospectus here.

The 3rd Street Gallery’s hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Gallery volunteers’ artwork is featured in the upstairs gallery.


Coordinators Show Reception 4 to 6pm on Saturday, June 11

Volunteer coordinators provide critical services that keep the guild’s 3rd Street Gallery, special events and community outreach programs running smoothly.

A show featuring these coordinators’ work runs from June 9 to 25 at the 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 N. Highway 69 in Westcliffe. Works on display and for sale will include fabric art; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; weaving; photography; and ceramics. An opening reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. June 11 at the gallery.

Featured in the show are Terri Wiebke, show coordinator; Karen LeBlond, facilities coordinator and Art in Public Places coordinator; Liz VanSomeren, gallery volunteer coordinator; Greg Smith, publicity coordinator; Kathy Boulle, membership coordinator; Linnea Laurila, gallery manager and Art Encounter for Kids program coordinator; Anne Owens, show reception coordinator; and Jacque Keller, former gallery manager and hanger of most shows.

Calendar Show Peoples’ Choice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the Calendar Show competition (in order of number of votes received):

  • 1st Place – Lorie Merfeld-Batson, “Winter Solitude”, Oil
  • 2nd Place – Liz VanSomeren, “Exploring All By Myself”, Fabric
  • 3rd Place – Anne Owens, “Blanca Peak”, Oil
  • Honorable Mention – Curt Gillespie, “Sangre Sunrise”, Oil
  • Honorable Mention – Sharon Conner, “Mindscape 16”, Watercolor
  • Honorable Mention – Sharon Conner, “Tree-VI” Watercolor