In a celebration of creativity and nature's grandeur, the upcoming exhibit in March promises to captivate audiences with studio pieces born from the 2023 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Event. This unique showcase provides a platform for artists to unveil their larger and more refined creations inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado National Monument and the surrounding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas.

The 2023 Plein Air Event, held last October, immersed artists in the awe-inspiring beauty of the rugged canyons, towering monuments, and vast expanses of the Western Colorado landscape. Armed with easels and palettes, these artists translated the vibrant hues and intricate details of their surroundings onto canvases, capturing the essence of the region in their initial plein air works.

Following this immersive experience, participating artists returned to their studios, prepared not only with sketches and memories but also with a newfound perspective shaped by the raw beauty of nature. The upcoming exhibit provides a glimpse into the evolution of these works, showcasing the transformation from on-site impressions to meticulously crafted studio pieces.

Expect to encounter a diverse range of artistic interpretations as each painter explores the interplay of light and shadow, the rich color palette of the canyons, and the unique geological features that define Colorado National Monument and surrounding BLM National Conservation Areas. From bold strokes depicting the monumental rock formations to delicate brushwork capturing the delicate flora, the exhibit promises a sensory journey through the artists' individual experiences and expressions.

As viewers navigate the collection curated by artist John Lintott, who also organizes the plein air event, they will witness the artists' commitment to translating the grandeur of the Colorado landscape onto larger canvases with enhanced details and refined techniques. The exhibit stands as a testament to the enduring impact of the Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Event, showcasing not only the beauty of nature but also the transformative power of artistic interpretation. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the harmonious fusion of natural wonders and artistic mastery.

Proceeds from sales go to help support various programs for The Art Center, and the Colorado National Monument Association.
The exhibition at the The Art Center of Western Colorado in Grand Junction opens Friday, March 1, 6:30 – 9pm. We hope to see you there!