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!

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Congratulations Alla Prima Westcliffe and Arts Hullabaloo Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 10th annual Alla Prima Westcliffe! Sixty two participating artists turned in a total of 122 paintings, 14 of which were from the special Mission:Wolf paint-out and 8 of which were from the Starry Starry Night nocturne painting event. Among the 122 paintings were 23 from novice painters (new to plein air painting in the past two years).  The artist’s  reception was very well-attended after the audience enjoyed the ever-popular Too Many Trombones.

Winners were:

  • Best of Show – David Vollbracht’s oil painting The Peak of Fall
  • 1st Place – Lorie Merfeld-Batson’s oil painting Retired
  • 2nd Place – Jeanene V. Parker’s Morning Glory
  • 3rd Place – Michael Arterburn’s Game Trail
  • Mission:Wolf winner – Donna Wagle for her painting Magpie
  • M:W honorable mentions – Rita Cirillo’s Wolf Magic and Joan Rauch’s Mission Wolf
  • Starry Starry Night award – Elycia Schaetzel’s Night Shadows
  • Judson’s Art Outfitters Award #1 – Sue Ann Hum’s Sleeper Car
  • H.R. Meininger Award – Carol Buschmann’s Autumn Fabric in Westcliffe
  • Front Range Frames Award – Jennifer Riefenberg’s Aspen Impressions-Autumn II
  • Judson’s Art Outfitters Award #2 – Ann Tristani’s Hanging at the Water Hole
  • Honorable Mention – Clare Scott’s Trailer Coop
  • Honorable Mention – Ken Hartman’s The Coming Autumn
  • Honorable Mention – Cary Carlson’s Aspens Amaze
  • Novice Award – Donna Wagle’s Grape Creek
  • Novice Award – Luke George’s On Mainstreet
  • Novice Award – Betty Carr’s Spring in Westcliffe

Pictures of the winning entries will be posted on the Alla Prima Westcliffe page at a later time.

Congratulations also go to the Arts Hullabaloo chalk art winners:

  • 1st Place: Brooklyn Moore of Aurora, CO
  • 2nd Place (tie): Cade Hester of Castle Rock, CO and Wyatt Trusty of Westcliffe, CO
  • 3rd Place: Cassidy Trusty of Westcliffe, CO
Finally, congratulations go to the winners of the Arts Hullabaloo parade:
  • Best Group:  Paint Box Guild of Littleton, CO
  • Best 4-legged entry:  Cyn Williams & dog Rosco (actually a 3-legged dog)
  • Best Female entry:  Marianna Duford of Silverthorne, CO
  • Best Male entry:  Charlie Etchison of Westcliffe, CO

Scenic Byways Fall Show Winners

Best of Show

Jeanine Parker – ‘Farley’s Corner’, Oil

Two Dimensional Art

First place

Michael Arteburn, ‘Shedding Gold’, Oil

Second Place

Terri Wiebke. ‘Flower Frenzy’, Pastel

Third Place

Jean Krueger, ‘Cutthroat Trout’, Pastel

Honorable Mention

Kathy Boule, ‘Iris of Blumenau’, Watercolor

Jan Kraus, ‘Saturday Afternoon Drive”, Oil

Amy Mastardi, ‘Roadside Abundance’, Oil



First Place

Hulda benson, ‘Buggy’

Second Place

Greg Smith, ‘Oak Creek Grade’

Third Place

Gary Benson, ‘Colorful’

Honorable Mention

Bob Covey, ‘Nature’s Faces’

Judges Choice

Sandra Dalton, ‘Fox

Robert Schmitz, ‘The Edge of the Sangre de Cristos’



Sangres Art Guild Fall 2016 Show: “Scenic Byways – Frontier Pathways”

Call to Artists

 Sangres Art Guild Fall 2016 Show:
“Scenic Byways – Frontier Pathways”

Entry Aug. 14 and 15, 2016 • Artists’ Reception Sept. 3, 2016
Art Show and Sale: Aug. 18 thru Sept. 30, 2016

Featuring artwork celebrating Colorado’s Frontier Pathways Scenic Byway, which follows CO 96 from Pueblo to Silver Cliff and Westcliffe, and branches south to CO 165 and Colorado City.

For more information, call or email Terri Wiebke at 719.783.4403 or contact@sangresartguild.org, or visit sangresartguild.org/3rd-Street Gallery.

This is a juried show with cash awards, open to all artists.

Entry is $7 per artwork for SAG members and $14 for non-members.

Please click here for the full show prospectus. And click here to learn more about Frontier Pathways.

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





Second Place – Mission Joan Rauch






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”

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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