Sangres Art Guild

Westcliffe, CO

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The Sangres Art Guild in Custer County, Colorado, promotes the arts in the Wet Mountain Valley to create a dynamic, supportive environment for the visual arts to flourish.

We operate the 3rd Street Gallery in Westcliffe to provide support for our members’ artistic endeavors and foster commerce in our community through the visual arts.

Explore the site to learn more about our artists, art classes, shows, events and programs. Look below for our latest announcements.

Reschedule of Fall Into Winter Show

Due to the snow piling up this week, intake for the Fall Into Winter Show has been extended to include Sunday and Monday, November 3 & 4, 11am-4pm. Because of that, the first reception for the Fall Into Winter Show has been postponed to November 9, 4-6pm. That change will be reflected on the Prospectus page.

The theme of the November 9 reception is the ’50’s, with food, music and attire to reflect that era. Come dressed for ’50’s fashion fun!

There will be no reception this Saturday, November 2.

Removal of unsold artwork from the Alla Prima Show has also been extended due to the weather. There will be no storage fee of artwork not picked up, as long as artists make other arrangements to fetch their artwork in a timely manner (by the end of November).

Thanks for your understanding! When we scheduled this show a year ago, we imagined that October would still be Fall.

A Deep One
Michael Arterburn
Oil

Calling Artists! Fall Into Winter Show

Calling all 2D and 3D artists. Time to check out the next art show at 3rd Street Gallery, “Fall Into Winter,” a 2 month long event, and our last one of the season. You can read all about it here.

Intake is Oct. 27-28, with the first show reception Nov. 2.  A second reception will be held December 7.

People’s Choice awards, ribbons and cash, will be announced and presented toward the end of the November reception following the close of voting. Artists are encouraged to attend and invite their clients to make this a successful event.  See the Prospectus for more info.

Fiery Aspens
Joe Beakey
Photograph

Drawing for a Drawing

There is still time to enter the Drawing for a Drawing “Who You Callin’ a Whistle PIG?” a 12×9 charcoal drawing donated by local artist Curt Gillespie as part of the Alla Prima Westcliffe event. You can see the artwork and enter the drawing at the 3rd Street Gallery. There is no cost to enter and the deadline is October 30th. So take some time, enter the drawing and if you haven’t already, ponder the great artwork of the APW artists. You might see something you like and what a great gift for yourself or a friend.  View the winners of the APW Show in person!

A charcoal drawing of a yellow bellied marmot in a sophisticated pose, nose in the air.
Who You Callin’ a Whistle PIG?
Curt Gillespie
Charcoal

Award Winners – 13th Annual Alla Prima Westcliffe 2019

Awards were announced during the Opening Reception on September 27 at 3rd Street Gallery. Thirty one artists participated in this year’s event. Twenty seven artists created and submitted 79 paintings for sale and awards, judged by noted artist Cheryl St. John. Artists came from all over Colorado and from Indiana, Missouri and Florida. The reception saw sales of the freshly painted artwork, wonderful music of the Dixieland Band, a very artistic spread of great hors d’ oeuvres, and robust camaraderie.

Images of the winning artwork can be seen on the Alla Prima Show page.

The winners:

  • Best of Show:  Shu Shu Clark for her oil “Grape Creek Morning”
  • First Place:  Jennifer Riefenberg, “River Sings the Blues”, oil
  • Second Place:  Lorie Merfeld-Batson, “Cowgirl’s Repose”, oil
  • Third Place:  Jean Krueger, “Cottonwood Creek”, watercolor
  • Best Nocturne:  Curt Gillespie, “Cliff’s Edge”, oil
  • Best Impressionism:  Jan Kraus, “Hermit Pass”, oil
  • Judge’s Choice Award:  Mary Pat Ettinger, “Morning at Grape Creek”, acrylic
  • Best Miniature:  Pattie Wall, “Young Quake, on Rainbow Trail”, mixed media
  • People’s Choice Award:  Lorie Merfeld-Batson, “Cowgirl’s Repose”, oil
  • Honorable Mention:  Joan Rauch, “Find the Pelican”, watercolor
  • Honorable Mention:  Teresa Vito, “Grape Creek”, oil
  • Novice Award (new to plein air in the last 2 years):  Andy Mast, “Holy Ground”, graphite pencil

On the morning of Saturday, September 28, a ‘Quick Draw’ competition was held and the public chose the winners!  1st Place went to Lorie Merfeld-Batson and 2nd Place to Jacqueline Keller.  It was a fun event to watch the artists create finished artwork from life in just under 3 hours.

Special thanks to awards judge Cheryl St. John, Dan Epperson and the Dixieland Band, and all of our sponsors, especially Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley and My Art Trip, the APW committee, and creative reception hosts Teresa and Amy!

Go to 3rd Street Gallery and enter a ‘Drawing for a Drawing’ of artwork by Curt Gillespie. The drawing will be held on October 30th. You can view and purchase the APW artworks and enter the drawing Thursday-Monday, 11-4. APW and Arts Hullabaloo are brought to you by Sangres Art Guild.