Plein Air Painting Event

Douglas Land Conservancy is pleased to announce the 7th Annual “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land”.  The art exhibit and sale will take place on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28, 2020 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 22 – 26). 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.

2020 Call for Entry for participating artists is now open.
Click here to apply to be a participating artist
Congratulations to the 2019 Participating Artists:

Mark Akins, Janet Anderson, Cliff Austin, Susan BellMarilynn Brandenburger, Karen Button, Harold Deist, Marianna M. Duford, Patty Dwyer, Diane Fechenbach, Loretta Foyle, Sue Fraley, Richard Hahn, Leslie Ann Hauer, Carol Hein, Pam Hostetler, Buffalo Kaplinski, Susan Larson, Janeice Linden, Rodgers Naylor, Jim Rehak, Terri Sanchez, Colleen Smith, Karen Storm, Billy Tackett

Thank you to our Rock Wall and People’s Choice Award Sponsors:

Plein Air Event Community Partners:

Castle Rock Area Newsletters
Crowfoot Coffee
Fort CPA Group
Garo Charlian
Masonic Lodge 153
The White Pavilion

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:

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