2021 Plein Air Festival

September 22 - September 26, 2021
The 2021 Central City Plein Air Festival will take place from Wednesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 26, 2021.

Observe artists at work, and enjoy activities for the whole family! More than twenty specially selected artists from across the country travel to Central City this September to paint the incomparable Colorado scenery and historic atmosphere. The festival culminates in an exhibition and sale, where 60+ paintings created during the event are displayed and available for purchase.

JOIN US FOR THESE 2021 FESTIVAL EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

KIDZONE– DROP IN ARTS STATION

11:00am – 3:00pm | Penrose House Lawn

Become an artist with fun, interactive arts activities for the whole family. Tap into your imagination and Experiment with chalk art, create your own plein air painting and more! All ages welcome!

CENTRAL CITY ALL ACCESS TOURS AND HISTORIC PROPERTY FIRST LOOK OPEN HOUSE
10:00am – 3:00pm | Central City Opera House
Tour some of Central City’s historic buildings including the Central City Opera House, Teller House, and other properties not currently open to the public.

QUICK DRAW COMPETITION

11:30am – 1:30pm | Eureka Street 

Watch artists create new paintings from blank canvases in 2 hours.

QUICK DRAW EASEL SALE & AWARDS

2:00 – 3:00pm | Central City Opera House Gardens

Quick Draw paintings will be on display and available for immediate purchase. Judging and an award for the winning Quick Draw painting will be distributed.

BALCONY CONCERT

3:00 – 3:45pm | Central City Opera House

Be serenaded by Central City Opera main stage singers, from the iconic Opera House Balcony and Gardens.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

KIDZONE– DROP IN ARTS STATION

11:00am – 3:00pm | Penrose House Lawn

Become an artist with fun, interactive arts activities for the whole family. Tap into your imagination and Experiment with chalk art, create your own plein air painting and more! All ages welcome!

CENTRAL CITY ALL ACCESS TOURS AND HISTORIC PROPERTY FIRST LOOK OPEN HOUSE
10:00am – 3:00pm | Central City Opera House
Tour some of Central City’s historic buildings including the Central City Opera House, Teller House, and other properties not currently open to the public.

PREVIEW PARTY AND SALE OF CENTRAL CITY PLEIN AIR EXHIBITION

11:00am – 12:00pm | Teller House

Be the first to view and purchase works painted throughout the weekend and visit with festival artists. Judges Sheila Marie and Lorenzo Chavez will give brief remarks and distribute awards at 11:30am. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks included. Cost: $50/ticket

PUBLIC EXHIBITION, SALE AND AWARDS RECEPTION

4:00pm – 6:00pm | Teller House

View and purchase the 70+ paintings created by participating artists throughout the weekend.

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

Sponsors

Gold
Nancy Benson

Silver
The City of Central
The Central City Business Improvement District
Dr. Sarah K. Scott & Mr. Kevin Kearney

Bronze
Karen and Andrew Ritz

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.