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Plein Air Painters anniversary show to be held in Pagosa Springs

The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters organization (RMPAP) selected Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs to host its 10th Anniversary Show, July 27-Aug. 7.

This event will bring together 42 nationally recognized artists to paint for one week in and around Pagosa Springs.

“This will be the largest plein-air event anywhere in the Rocky Mountain states this year,” says RMPAP president and artist Stephen Datz. “Pagosa Springs is a hidden treasure that offers breadth of scenery and subject matter that not many of our other venues have offered. This should make for an exciting variety of work in the show.”

The event showcases Plein Air painting, a technique in which the artist paints on location, directly from life. Popularized by the French Impressionists, plein-air (French for “open air”) painting has a rich history and long tradition in American art.

“This is huge for Pagosa,” said Madeline Lyon, Wild Spirit Gallery owner. “After this show, beautiful paintings of our area will be seen in homes and in art galleries throughout the world. We’re honored to host such an incredible event.”

A variety of activities will be held throughout the week:

• Opening Gala Reception and artist exhibition: Friday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m.

• “Quick Draw,” where the public can watch paintings being created, start to finish, and then bid on the resulting works. Five percent of the sales at the Quick Draw event will be donated to FAMA, the Fine Art Magnet Academy at Pagosa Springs High School. Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.

• Painting workshops taught by participating artists. Saturday, July 30–Monday, Aug.1. Stop in at Wild Spirit Gallery for more details and to pick up a registration form for these workshops.

• Several painting demonstrations around our town.

For more information and to buy tickets to the various activities during the week, visit For examples of RMPAP work, visit Wild Spirit Gallery which shows the works of three RMPAP members — Robert Hagberg, John Potter, and Dave Santillanes.

For more information about RMPAP, visit or contact:

Madeline Lyon,,, at 480 San Juan St., or by calling 264-9453.  

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