Plein Air Painting Event


Douglas Land Conservancy is pleased to announce the 4th Annual “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” event will take place on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 at the White Pavilion in downtown Castle Rock.

“Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” provides an opportunity for artists to paint on beautiful, public and private conserved properties in southern Douglas County over the course of one week (June 20 – 23). This unique week of painting will culminate in a gallery exhibit featuring hundreds of works created throughout the week on display and available for purchase.

This year DLC has added three plein air workshops for kids to the exhibit.  The Kids’ Plein Air painting workshop is for children ages 8 – 14. Children must be accompanied by an adult who will remain at the art exhibit during the painting class. The class is free and all supplies will be provided. The workshop will be led by professional Plein Air painters.  Space is limited so please make sure and RSVP for a time slot below:

RSVP for Kids’ Plein Air Painting Workshop #1 (June 24/11 am)

RSVP for Kids’ Plein Air Painting Workshop #2 (June 24/2 pm)

RSVP for Kids’ Plein Air Painting Workshop #3 (June 25/1 pm)

“We are delighted to bring back such a phenomenal event once again this summer,” says Patti Hostetler, Douglas Land Conservancy Executive Director. “We feel this has become one of Castle Rock’s anticipated summer events and we are thrilled to bring in new artists this year as well as some favorites from previous years.”

Developed in the mid-19th century, plein air painting is executed outdoors and represents an artists’ direct response to the scene in front of him or her. This form of painting is characterized by the luminous effects of natural light, with an airy, natural tone versus the artificial light that can be associated with paintings produced in a studio. Literally meaning “open air,” plein air was developed among French impressionists including Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir.

“Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” serves as an annual fundraiser for Douglas Land Conservancy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will support the continued efforts of Douglas Land Conservancy to protect open space. The 2017 event Title Sponsor is Stucy Realty.

Congratulations to the 2017 Participating Artists:

Cliff Austin, Deborah Bartos, Tricia Bass, Susan Bell, Gina Blickenstaff, Carole Buschmann, Karen Button, Harold Deist, Rita Dickerson, Marianna M. Duford, Patty Dwyer, Amy Evans, Susan Fraley, Tracy Haines, Pam Hostetler, Buffalo Kaplinski, Janeice Linden,                     Deborah McAllister, Cynthia Hillis McBride, Rodgers Naylor, Nancy Raskin, Terri Sanchez, Daniel Starr, Karen Storm, Betsy Johnson Welty

The Douglas Land Conservancy is a 501 (c) 3 non-partisan, non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of the central front range region of Colorado, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.  For more information visit:

Thank you to our 2017 Plein Air Event Sponsors:

Golden Eagle Sponsors

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