11th annual Telluride Plein Air
Sunday June 29 - Saturday July 05
12:00am - 12:00pm
Each summer the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20-30 nationally renowned Plein Air artists in the beautiful settings of Telluride, Colorado. Telluride Plein Air is an essential fundraising event for the Sheridan Arts Foundation. Forty percent of the revenue from each sale goes to the Sheridan Arts Foundation, providing support for community programming at the Sheridan Opera House and collaboration with local non-profits throughout the year. En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became increasingly important to multiple schools of art. The Barbizon school of France was of particular influence on the Realists, who focused their work on everyday subjects versus prominent figures. These Realists inspired the Impressionists, whose style included visible brush strokes, ordinary subject matter, and an emphasis on light in its changing qualities.