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Mark your calendars for a national art show in Pagosa

Pagosa’s Wild Spirit Gallery is making history by hosting the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) 10th Anniversary Show, July 27-Aug. 7.

This will be the largest plein-air event, featuring 42 nationally-recognized artists painting in Pagosa Springs.

“This show will put Pagosa on the map as an artists’ destination. This is so wonderful for our town!” said Madeline Lyon, Wild Spirit Gallery owner and event host.

One of the highlights of the week will be the Quick Draw.

Don’t miss one of the most exciting events during the show. Experience the Quick Draw on Saturday, Aug. 6, 9-11 a.m. , taking place from Town Park to Centennial Park, along the river, and around the Visitor Center lawn area. This event welcomes the public to watch paintings being created, then to bid on the resulting works at Wild Spirit Gallery beginning at noon.

Please note that 5 percent of the sales at the Quick Draw event will be donated to FAMA, the Fine Art Magnet Academy at Pagosa Springs High School.

Schedule for the week:

July 27–Aug. 4: Artists paint in and around Pagosa Springs.

July 31–Aug. 1: Workshops taught by participating artists.

Friday, Aug. 5: Opening Gala Reception 5-8 p.m. at Wild Spirit Gallery. Artists will be in attendance.

Saturday, Aug. 6: Quick Draw, 9-11 a.m., Town Park to Centennial Park, along the river, and around the Visitor Center lawn area.

Sunday, Aug. 7: Show continues at Wild Spirit Gallery, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about the various activities during the week, visit

To see examples of RMPAP work, visit Wild Spirit Gallery which shows the works of three RMPAP members — Robert Hagberg, John Potter, and Dave Santillanes.

To learn about RMPAP, visit

For more information, contact Madeline Lyon,,, Wild Spirit Gallery 480 San Juan St., 264-9453.

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