Sangres Art Guild

Westcliffe, CO

Congratulations Alla Prima Westcliffe Winners!

Congratulations to Alla Prima Westcliffe award winners!  The artwork is spectacular; the show is one well-worth seeing.  At the opening reception and award ceremony on October 5, 25 artists entered 57 great artworks, several of which sold before the night was done. Fourteen major awards were earned and 10 artist’s door prizes were drawn at random.  With the additional four door prizes and one painting-of-the-day award given at Friday night’s Wet Wall event the night prior, a total of 29 awards and door prizes were had by the artists.

Good food and wine was generously provided by Westcliffe Wine Mine, Schlabach’s Deli, Sugar N Spice Bakery, Westcliffe Supermarket and Antlers Liquor.  Special thanks to Bridget O. and Angie A. for putting together the reception and keeping all supplied with good cheer.

Cliff Austin poses below his award-winning painting "Grape Creek"

1st Place NatureWalk Living Award
“Grape Creek” by Cliff Austin

Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence
“Turning Gold” by Michael Arterburn

2nd Place
“Study of an Amish Horse” by  Lorie Merfeld-Batson

3rd Place
“Changing of the Seasons” by Paul Darrah

Best Figurative Work and Painting of the Day
“Literary Lady” by Heather Arenas

Juror’s Choice
“Morning Light – Rodeo Grounds” by Lana Woodruff

Front Range Frames Award
“Near the Confluence” by Curt Gillespie

Judson’s Art Outfitters $150 Award
“Wet Mountain Valley” by Anita Winter

Judson’s Art Outfitters $100 Award
“The Falls” by Tony Pachek

Colorado Framesmith Awards, each $100
“Autumn Sangres” by Jane Hunt
“Horn Road Vista” by JR Monks
“Afternoon Light” by Jeanene Parker
“There May be Ghosts” by Cheryl Swartz

H.R. Meininger Co. Award $100
“Morning View” by Sarah Woods

Congratulations also to Arts Hullabaloo chalk art winners David Salcedo (first place), Audrey Heckmann (second) and Harry Kroeker (third).

Photoshop Subscriptions Info

From Gary Benson: I’m sure you Photoshop users know that Adobe as gone to a subscription model at $20/month. At that price I won’t do it. However, I found out you can get it at $10/month plus Lightroom and some Flash software. Ok I’ll byte. See for a brief write up plus comments. Most are negative of the subscription model. Also, the article says ‘for life’ at $10/month. There is a link to the $10 deal at Adobe. Adobe doesn’t say for life, but I’ll worry about it in a year. I did it… Lightroom would not install until I upgraded my MAC to Lion, now it does. It all seems to work. Gary Benson

Congratulations Fall Show Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the SAG 2013 Fall Show! The reception Saturday evening (Sept. 7th) was jam-packed with folks enjoying many a great artwork and great company. Thanks to Janet S. and friends for hosting a great reception that kept the goodies supplies and the good times rolling.

Title “Succulents”
Artist Kathy Boullé

1st Place – Original 2D Art
Title “Desmontes Summer”
Artist Christiana Harkins

2nd Place – Original 2D Art
Title “Fall Aspen”
Artist Joan Rauch

3rd Place – Original 2D Art
Title “Shades of Orange”
Artist Jeanene Parker

1st Place – Photography
Title “So You Think You Can Dance”
Artist Eve Nagode

2nd Place – Photography
Title “Yesterday’s Dreams”
Artist Gary Benson

3rd Place – Photography
Title “Mule Series”
Artist Annie Dawid

Juror’s Choice
Title “Shades of Orange”
Artist Jeanene Parker

Honorable Mention
Title “Looking Back”
Artist Liz VanSomeren

Honorable Mention
Title “Barnard Bluffs Sunrise
Artist Curt Gillespie

Honorable Mention
Title “Resting”
Artist Michael Arterburn

Honorable Mention
Title “Gorgeous”
Artist Sharon Conner

Honorable Mention
Title “Pretty Girls”
Artist Jeanene Parker

Honorable Mention
Title “Winslow AZ”
Artist Joanna Larratt

Fall Events – Western Art

Fall is a perfect time of year, not only to get out and paint but also to get inspired by attending some of the many great art shows that are held in September.

A great place to view thousands of world class paintings is to attend the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is not only famous for the awe inspiring Tetons and their wildlife but for one of the nations premiere art centers as well. The fall Festival runs from September 5-15 and includes over 50 events which celebrate contemporary, culinary, landscape, Native American, wildlife and western arts.

The final weekend includes the show-stopping Western Visions show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Jackson Hole Art Auction which will be auctioning some of the west’s great masters as well as a lucky few of today’s masters. The weekend also includes an action packed quick draw as well as special events at dozens of incredible galleries.

For great inspiration closer to home attend Art for the Sangres at the Painted View Ranch. It is a special treat to have such an array of great artwork right here in the valley every year. The show is open and free to the public from 1:00-5:00 on September 28. The show begins at 5:00 and is a great evening with fantastic art, food and fun …all supporting a great cause for $50 /ticket. Come be inspired by great artwork right here at home! Then after all this inspiration we will all be ready for Alla Prima Westcliffe to kick off our October!  Sarah Woods.

Stephen Quiller Workshop Experience

Just got back from a week long workshop in Creede with Steve Quiller. Wow. His water media color approach is different from others and makes a great deal of sense to me. We used many different painting surfaces with varying results. The last day was collage day….great fun…and a way to look at forms differently.  If anyone is interested for next year, go on line to Joan Rauch