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Capturing the Beauty of Open Land – Plein Air Art Exhibit

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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, private 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.

“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.”

These stunning conserved private properties are rarely open for access to the public. In addition to providing a unique cultural experience for Douglas County and the surrounding community, “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” allows attendees and loyal supporters to take home beautiful landscapes of several Douglas County conserved lands they cannot otherwise view on a regular basis.

“We created this event to celebrate the natural marrying of the beauty of the land with talented artists,” continues Hostetler. “They will end up producing hundreds of paintings over the course of the week, and these gorgeous pieces truly serve as a reminder of why we live in Colorado.”

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.

A full list of participating artists and additional details will be announced at a later date.

Thank you to our 2017 Plein Air Event Sponsors:

Golden Eagle Sponsors


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:  www.douglaslandconservancy.org

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June 24, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm