2021 Plein Air Festival

September 22 - September 26

The 2021 Central City Plein Air Festival Will take place September 22, 2021 to September 26, 2021 in Central City, Colorado. 

We are now accepting artist applications for entry into the festival.

Application Dates: January 22 – June 1, 2021   ♦   Application Fee: $40   ♦   Notification Date: June 15, 2021

Central City Opera, in partnership with the Gilpin County Arts Association, seeks 25 artists to participate in the 2021 Central City Plein Air Festival, Wednesday, September 22 – Sunday, September 26.

Up to 25 artists will be selected to paint the fall landscapes and historic architecture of this Colorado mountain town. The festival culminates in an Exhibition, Sale, and Awards Reception on Sunday, September 26th in which the paintings created throughout the weekend will be on display and available for purchase in the Teller House Parking Lot.

Purchase Artwork from the 2020 Festival

Featured artwork from the 2020 Plein Air Festival is now available for purchase online. 

2020 Artist Awards

Best in Show

Gold in the Hills
by Virginia Unseld

Richie Vios for Courthouse

First Place

Courthouse
by Richie Vios

Second Place  |  Rebecca Gorrell for Top of the World

Second Place

Top of the World
by Rebecca Gorrell

Central City Opera House painting by Andy White

Best Opera House Painting

by Andy White

Artists' Choice

Everything Changes
by Andy White

Quick Draw Competition  |  Richie Vios

Quick Draw Competition

by Richie Vios

Support the Plein Air Festival

Donate now to support the Annual Central City Plein Air Festival. Your gift will help us continue to bring arts and culture to the City of Central.