2022 Plein Air FestivalSeptember 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.
Call for Entries
We are now accepting artist applications for entry into the festival.
Deadline is July 7, 2022
Join us for these 2022 Festival events
Additional information coming soon!
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.
3:00 – 3:45 pm | Central City Opera House
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
PREVIEW PARTY AND SALE OF CENTRAL CITY PLEIN AIR EXHIBITION
Time TBD | 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.
3:00 – 3:45 pm | Opera House
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.
The City of Central
The Central City Business Improvement District
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