2022 Plein Air Festival

September 22 – September 25, 2022
Join us for the 2022 Central City Opera Plein Air Festival

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.

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Artist Arrival & Registration
All Day Paint-Out
Private Artist Welcome Reception

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

All day Paint-Out

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

KIDZONE– DROP IN ARTS STATION

11:00 am – 3:00 pm | 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! 119 Eureka St.

QUICK DRAW COMPETITION

11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Eureka Street 

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

QUICK DRAW EASEL SALE & AWARDS

2:00 – 2:45 pm | 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.

MUSIC & ART CONCERT
Ticketed Event – Cost: $15
3:00 – 4:00 pm | The Martin Foundry, 212 Eureka St, Central City, CO 80427

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION by Modest Mussorgsky
The composition is based on pictures by the artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann and will feature two pianos.
CAMILLE CLAUDEL: INTO THE FIRE by Jake Heggie
A Song Cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet with texts by Gene Scheer based on the life and work of French sculptor Camille Claudel, a student and lover of Rodin.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

PREVIEW PARTY AND SALE OF CENTRAL CITY PLEIN AIR EXHIBITION
Ticketed Event

1:00 p.m. | Teller House

Be the first to view and shop for works painted throughout the weekend, and visit with festival artists. The judges will give brief remarks and distribute awards. Refreshments and drinks included.

MUSIC & ART CONCERT
Ticketed Event – Cost: $15
3:00 – 4:00 pm | The Martin Foundry, 212 Eureka St, Central City, CO 80427

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION by Modest Mussorgsky
The composition is based on pictures by the artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann and will feature two pianos.
CAMILLE CLAUDEL: INTO THE FIRE by Jake Heggie
A Song Cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet with texts by Gene Scheer based on the life and work of French sculptor Camille Claudel, a student and lover of Rodin.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION, SALE AND AWARDS RECEPTION

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Teller House

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

Sponsors

The City of Central
The Central City Business Improvement District
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.