Plein Air Painting Event


Douglas Land Conservancy is pleased to announce the 6th Annual “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” event will take place on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the White Pavilion, 414 Perry Street, 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 17 – 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.

“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.

2019 Call for Entry for participating artists is now open.  To apply to be considered Click Here

Congratulations to the 2018 Participating Artists:

Mark Akins, Cliff Austin, Deb Bartos, Susan Bell, Gina Blickenstaff, Carole Buschmann, Karen Button, Harold Deist, Marianna M. Duford, Diane Fechenbach, Loretta Foyle, Sue Fraley, Carol Hein, Buffalo Kaplinski, Susan Larson, Janeice LindenRodgers NaylorPaul Nutting, Nancy Raskin, Jennifer Riefenberg, Terri Sanchez, Karen Storm, Tom Ward, Sally Ann Wilson

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 2018 Plein Air Event Sponsors


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