2013 Alla Prima Winners

Many thanks to all who helped make the 7th Annual Alla Prima Westcliffe a success. There was plenty of art around town during Arts Hullabaloo and lots of out-of-town visitors despite the cool sunny weather. Art of all kinds contributes to a better life, and many examples of it were found at Alla Prima Westcliffe.

Judge Leslie Allen and Cliff Austin under his first place award winning artwork

The event brought 26 artists and their collectors to town for the 3-day painting competition. The exhibition of freshly painted art continues through October at 3rd Street Gallery. It is superb; make sure you see it.

Our thanks also go out to the Stermer family for use of 3rd Street Gallery and the Wolff Hotel as painting venues. We’re grateful also for use of the Westcliffe Feed Store amphitheater, Brandenburg Ranch, Brother’s Grape Creek area, Bear Basin Ranch, the Hopkins place, the Historic Beckwith Ranch, and the Cole Ranch as painting venues. We’re also appreciative for the fine food stuffs provided by Sugar N Spice, Westcliffe Wine Mine, Schlabach’s Deli, Westcliffe Supermarket and especially R’s Pizza for a fine Friday night Wet Wall soiree. Importantly, thanks to the Wet Mountain Tribune for their fine coverage of these events and art happenings of all kinds throughout the year! So many folks in our fine valley support the arts. We’re pleased to be a part of it.

We had 57 great entries in the contest from 25 participating artists.  Congratulations to all on creating spectacular works of art. Congratulations also to the award winners:

The Top Seven:

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  • 1st Place, $1,000 NatureWalk Living Award, Cliff Austin, “Grape Creek“
  • PleinAir Magazine Award of Excellence, Michael Arterburn, “Turning Gold”
  • 2nd Place, $300, Lorie Merfeld-Batson, “Study of an Amish Horse“
  • 3rd Place, $200, Paul Darrah, “Changing of the Seasons”
  • Best Figurative Work, $150, Heather Arenas, “Literary Lady”
  • Juror’s Choice, $100, Lana Woodruff, “Morning Light – Rodeo Grounds”
  • Painting of the Day Award, Friday Wet Wall, $100, Heather Arenas, “Literary Lady”

Merchandise Awards:

(See the images here)

  • Front Range Frames Award, Value $150, Curt Gillespie, “Near the Confluence”
  • Judson’s Art Outfitters Award $150 Certificate, Anita Winter, “Wet Mountain Valley”
  • Judson’s Art Outfitters Award $100 Certificate, Tony Pachek, “The Falls”
  • Colorado Framesmith Award #1, $100 Certificate, Jane Hunt, “Autumn Sangres”
  • Colorado Framesmith Award #2, $100 Certificate, JR Monks, “Horn Road Vista”
  • Colorado Framesmith Award #3, $100 Certificate, Jeanene Parker, “Afternoon Light”
  • Colorado Framesmith Award #4, $100 Certificate, Cheryl Swartz, “There May be Ghosts”
  • H.R. Meininger Co. Award $100 Gift Card, Sarah Woods, “Morning View”