2015 Alla Prima Westcliffe

The 9th Annual Plein Air Paint-Out & Paint-In

September 30 – October 3, 2015

Westcliffe, Colorado and the Wet Mountain Valley.  Four brilliant Fall days in the delightful Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado.  This event includes alla prima painting created from life in the manner of plein air, both outdoors and indoors.

Imagine collecting alla prima artwork in such a majestic location!  Fall days in Westcliffe’s Wet Mountain Valley are wonderfully crisp and colorful – a great place for a short stay filled with some of the best art on the planet!


  • Best of Show: $500 cash + 1/4-page ad in PleinAir MagazinePleinAir Magazine
  • First Place: $400 cash
  • Second Place: $250 cash
  • Third Place: $150 cash
  • Two Honorable Mentions, each $50 cash
  • Judson’s Art Outfitters Award: $260 French Resistance Pochade™ box
  • H.R. Meininger Award: $100 certificate
  • Front Range Frames Award: $150 value plein air frame
  • Chartpak merchandise award: Grumbacher paint, brush tote, palette knives value $80
  • Two Novice Awards for “new” painters: each $50 cash (Novice is defined as any artist new to plein air within the past two years)

Plus randomly drawn awards for artists from:

Social Events:

  • Wednesday evening – Bohemian Night! Popcorn, wine and a film
  • Thursday evening – Pizza Night with live music
  • Friday evening – Artists Preview at Brookwood Gallery
  • Saturday evening ARTISTS’ RECEPTION at 3rd Street Gallery, 4-6 pm.  This is where it all comes together – awards are presented and good food, good drink and good friends are enjoyed.

Accommodations And Info About The Area

Westcliffe Regional Map
Westcliffe Regional Map