The French use the phrase “en plein air” to describe the act of painting “in the open air.” Telluride, with its vibrant and eclectic arts scene and breath-taking views, embraces this idea each summer when they curate and enjoy an entire week of the Telluride Plein Air Festival.
This outdoor art tradition has become an indispensable foundation of the city’s Fourth of July festivities and draws artists from across the nation. Next year’s festival is TBD for 2022.
Come see the country’s top plein air painters at work around town and join in on the fun yourself. The week typically begins with artists popping up all around town with their easels in hand for all to observe. It culminates in a three-day sale where the artists display and sell what they have created throughout the week of festivities.
- Monday & Tuesday – Plein Air artists paint in and around Telluride
- Wednesday – Golden Hour Quick Draw Competition & Sale
- Thursday – Artist Choice & Cocktail Party
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Art Exhibition & Sale
Address: Telluride, CO
Date: TBD June – July 2022