The exhibition of freshly painted artworks by competitors in the Alla Prima Westcliffe plein air paint-out. This paint-from-life event is alla prima painting created from life in the manner of plein air. Fine art created by artists from around the country over six dazzling autumn days painting in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado.
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.
Sarah Woods taught an optional one-day workshop at the beginning of Alla Prima Westcliffe to help artists tune up their plein air creativity.
Judge Cheryl St. John, a Colorado native and signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Artists of Colorado and Colorado Watercolor Society had the difficult task of choosing the winning masterpieces.
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.
Best of Show
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!