Sangres Art Guild

Westcliffe, CO

High Peaks Winners

A great show and reception. The People’s Choice awards were 1st Place – Cara Fandel for her Photographic Print “Abandoned” and 2nd Place – Michael Arterburn, for his oil, “Rocks at South Colony.” 

The show had 47 works of art from artists from Westcliffe, Woodland Park, Dallas, TX, Poncha Springs, Canon City and Raton, New Mexico.

For those of you who have not seen the High Peaks Art Show, it runs until September 28, with 2 floors to explore!

The show is sponsored by the Sangres Art Guild, a non-profit, and is open to the public, artists, art lovers and collectors. In addition to the artwork, the SAG Fine Art Calendar for 2021 is available for sale. Thanks to all who attended. Come by and see the show – gallery hours Thurs. – Mon. 11am to 4pm. Masks required.

Shades of Summer Peoples’ Choice Awards

1st Place: Judy Sprague of Poncha Springs – “Waiting To Dance” – Pastel

2nd Place: Jeanie Truitt of Canon City – “Midnight Glow” – Watercolor

The show had 40 unique entries with new and returning artists.  The voting was close.

The show is sponsored by the Sangres Art Guild, a non-profit, and is open to the public, artists, art lovers and collectors through August 31 at 3rd Street Gallery. In addition to the artwork, the SAG Fine Art Calendar for 2021 is available for sale as well as artwork by Gallery Hosts on the second level. Thanks to all who attended the opening reception and voted for Peoples’ Choice.

Fall Into Winter Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for the “Fall Into Winter” show. Fine Art category first place was shared by three artists as the voting made it a tie:  Michael Arterburn for his oil painting “Aspen Grove,” Wildra Ruzanski for her oil painting “Denizen of Spread Eagle” and Pattie Wall for her pastel “The Three.” The winner for the category that includes photography, sculpture, fiber, and other went to Greg Smith for his photograph “Winter Evening, Highway 69.” There are almost 90 pieces of artwork for this show, so if you haven’t seen it, stop on my.  The show runs until the 23rd of December and the Gallery is open 11 – 4 Thursday – Monday. Many pieces are priced right for Holiday Gift Giving. We can’t think of a better gift, than the GIFT OF ART.

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.

Arts Hullabaloo Chalk Art Winners

Thanks for the huge success of this year’s Chalk Art Competition! The work was bold, clever, colorful and confident! Our judge, professional street chalk artist Chris Carlson, was thrilled with the concepts and executions of the masterpieces. He had a tough time determining the prize winners from 24 competing kids and 3 adults.

Kids 6-10

  • First Place to David Sovocool ($30).
  • Second Place to Madilyn Sears ($20).
  • Tie for Third Place to Shelby Compton and Jacob Tomassoni ($10 each).

Kids 11-13

  • First Place Split to Celia Constantine and Angelina Posadas ($30).
  • Second Place Split to Mary Huckfeldt and Miriam Huckfeldt ($20).
  • Tie for Third Place to Cassidy Trusty and Wyatt Trusty ($10 each).

Kids 14-17

  • First Place to Colman Reiff ($30).
  • Second Place to Raina Rusch ($20).
  • Third Place to Hannah Kennedy ($10).


  • First Place to Christy Brain ($75).
  • Second Place to Patricia Reis ($50).
  • Third Place to Jennifer Trusty ($25).

Don’t forget to go to the corner of Main and Second Street  and see Chris Carlson’s finished Chalk Art Buckin’ Bronco, ready for everyone to ‘sit’ on the saddle for an interactive photo of you riding the Bronco! Just stand in the foot prints drawn on the sidewalk with your camera and have your rider sit or stand on the saddle.

picture of the artist standing in the saddle of his street chalk art creation of a bucking bronco rocking horse
Street chalk artist Chris Carlson “rides” his creation