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 breathtaking 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. This year’s festival will take place from Wednesday to Tuesday, June 28th – July 4th, 2023.
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 throughout Telluride 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.
- Wednesday – Plein Air artists paint in and around Telluride
- Thursday – Golden Hour Quick Draw Competition & Sale
- Friday – Artist Choice & Cocktail Party
- Saturday, Sunday & Monday – Art Exhibition & Sale
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Address: Telluride, CO
Date: Wednesday – Tuesday | June 28 – July 4, 2023