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Art Center of Estes Park
2020 Estes Valley Plein Air



                      “The Art of Plein Air in the Rockies"


The Art Center of Estes Park was established as a non-profit arts organization in 1987.  The Mission: to promote visual art and artists in the Estes Park area by providing a facility, support and exhibition opportunities, present opportunities for education in the visual arts; act as an advocate and partner in the community for development of the visual arts.  The event is open to any artist who paints using the plein air technique, in all fine art painting mediums.  Two jurors will select the 2020 participants after a review of digital images during the second week of April.  For more information about the Art Center go to



*     Open to any artist using oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel.

* Participating artist must paint from life, on location.  Studio work is not allowed.

* Work submitted for review should reflect the best quality of your plein air painting.

* If quality of art created by accepted artists is not of the same quality of images submitted, it may be cause for termination in the event.


To be considered for participation in this event, artists must submit 3 images (REQUIRED) representative of their best plein air work and pay a non-refundable $50 jury fee by the entry deadline.  Applications are processed through 


1.    There will be no exceptions to deadlines, specifications or rules.  Entry dates are January 1, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PST through onlinejuriedshows.

2.    Participants must abide by rules of the event as outlined in prospectus.

3.  Three (3) plein air paintings (with event stamp) and one (1) Nocturne or one (1) Paint Our Town may be submitted for award competition. Paintings may not exceed 18” x 24” prior to framing.

4.    Additionally, one (1) Miniature (4 x 6) painting may be submitted for award competition.  A canvas and frame will be provided for each artist in their registration bag. 

5.    One (1) additional painting may be submitted as a reserve painting that will be used to replace a painting that has sold.

6.    Paintings must have event stamp and be created during the official painting period of August 15 - 26 to be eligible for awards.

7.    Sales split: 50% to Art Center of Estes Park and 50% to the artist.

8.    All work must be in gallery quality frames “wired” (no saw-tooth hangers) and ready for hanging. No exceptions.

9.    No Gallery Wraps.

10.    Arrangements for shipment of unsold work must be made with an authorized shipper at the expense of the artist.  Pick up of unsold work by the artists is allowed at a scheduled date and time.


•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received. Jurors will make the final decision on participating artists.  Notification of artist acceptance or rejection will be communicated by the second week of May, 2020.  Contract, rules and regulations will be mailed to only those accepted.

* Incomplete applications will not be accepted

* Selected digital images by accepted artists may be used for publicity.



By entering the event, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus. The Art Center of Estes Park assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any artwork, for any reason, no matter what the cause. By submitting artwork to this event, you understand and agree with this statement. Insurance for any loss or damage to artwork is the sole responsibility of the participating artist.  The artist also agrees to handle the shipment and removal of unsold work as set forth in the prospectus.


All artwork selected for the show must be hand-delivered to the Art Center of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Ave. Unit 245 on Wednesday August 26 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Art identification tags must be attached on the front lower right-hand corner between frame and artwork or tape to the back of artwork in the same place, so it hangs below the artwork with name visible.  This form is used to match the title card to your work.  Once the piece is hung and the title cards are posted, the form will remain attached to the back of artwork to identify your the lower right-hand corner of the back of the painting.  Artists must include a copy of your completed and signed Art Inventory Form. These supplies will be provided in your registration bag.  Please complete before bringing into the Art Center.


Approximately $11,000 in cash and gift certificates will be awarded, with Southwest Art and Plein Air magazines providing the top three awards in addition to the cash awards to be provided.  


Peggy Immel and Jeff Legg will be our jurors for this year’s show.  Jane Hunt will be our Judge. Carole Haslock will be our Quick Paint Juror.


August 15 – 29 

Estes Valley Plein Air Paint Out  

EVPA artists paint on location within a 50-mile radius of Estes Park, including Rocky Mountain National Park.


Saturday, August 22

Estes Valley Plein Air – Family Paint Out

Families join us for this free painting event with instructor.  All levels welcome.

10 a.m. – 12 Noon, Art Center of Estes Park.



Monday, August 24

Estes Valley Plein Air – Artist’s Get Together – Nocturne Paint Out

6-10 p.m.  EVPA artists are invited to attend a get together party and then go out and paint.


Wednesday, August 26

Artist Breakfast

EVPA artists are invited to attend a breakfast at the Art Center and turn in their three entries that may include 1 nocturne painting and/or 1 paint our town painting (if completed) plus 1 miniature and one reserve for a total of 5 paintings.  Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Artwork may be turned in until 4 p.m. 

Wednesday, August 26

Estes Valley Plein Air – Paint our Town

EVPA artists are invited to gather at several suggested areas to paint our town.  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Paint our town work must be turned in to the Art Center by 4 p.m.


Thursday, August 27

Educational Film or Seminar with Q&A to follow

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Free – All artists and the public invited.


Friday, August 28

Estes Valley Plein Air – Party

EVPA artists are invited to attend an end of the paint out party at the Art Center 6 – 8 p.m. 


Saturday, August 29

Estes Valley Plein Air Quick Paint & Auction

8:30 – 12:00 p.m.  Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.


Saturday, August 29

Estes Valley Plein Air Gala Opening Day

Gala Reception, 5 – 8 p.m.  Awards at 6:30 p.m.  All artwork is for sale.


August 29 – September 27

Estes Valley Plein Air Sale and Exhibition

Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.  All artwork is for sale.


September 28 and 29

EVPA artists pick up unsold artwork

Art Center – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


September 30

Art Center delivers artwork to shipper to return to artist


We are looking forward to your entry.

Lars Sage and Kristi Elyce Co-Chairpersons





A Note from OnlineJuriedShows

Please note:  Notifications are sent through Constant Contact

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from Constant Contact, that will state the same.

1.  Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2.  Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile."  You are now in Your account!

3.  At the bottom of the page you will see “List of shows that jury by artists’ work as a whole (Like a Plein Air Show).

4.  As you will see, next to the show it will say either “You were Accepted or You were not accepted, click to read the letter.”  Click, and the letter will then be displayed at the top of the page.

NOTE:  Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety.  Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.

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