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    Boulder Plein Air Festival

    • Dates: April 28, 2019
      April 29, 2019
      April 30, 2019
      May 1, 2019
      May 2, 2019
      May 3, 2019
      May 4, 2019
      May 5, 2019
    • Times: varies
    • Phone: (303) 444-1862
    • Location:
      See website for details


    Open Studios hosts the annual Boulder Plein Air Festival — a week-long celebration of remarkable landscapes, scenic cityscapes, unique workshops, and wonderful free events. We invite you to apply to be one of up to 20 juried artists in the festival — making art on location in beautiful Boulder County, Colorado. 

    plein air: designating a painting executed out of doors and representing a direct response to the scene or subject in front of the artist. 

    Festival Dates: April 28 – May 5, 2019

    Paint-outs: April 29 – May 2*

    Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: May 3, 6 – 9 pm**

    Exhibit and Art Sale: May 3 - 5**


    Boulder Plein Air Festival Schedule of Events


    Monday, April 29th

    Wonderland Lake Public Paint Out

    8:30am - 2pm | Wonderland Lake


    Join juried artists and other interested community members during a paint-out at Wonderland Lake Park. 



    Tuesday, April 30th

    Boulder Valley Ranch Public Paint Out

    8:30am - 2pm | Boulder Valley Ranch


    Meet at the home of Open Studios Board Member Bobbi Vischi. A short walk from Bobbi’s home will take you out to the beautiful scenery of Boulder Valley Ranch, which is a part of the Boulder Open Space Park system, an historic and current working ranch. There are also remnants of  an old smelter on the property. 



    Wednesday, May 1st

    Quick Draw in Downtown Boulder

    10am - 12pm | Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall


    Pearl Street, between 11th and 14th Streets

    Artists are welcome to set up their spot beginning at 9:30am anywhere on the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall on the 1100-1400 blocks. 

    Artists may begin painting at 10am and must be finished by 12 NOON. 



    Wednesday, May 1st

    Public Paint Out - Nocturne 

    7pm - 11pm | Downtown Boulder


    Our Juried Artists asked for this opportunity! Return to the Mall and expand your choice of scenes to blocks east and west of the Quick Draw territory from earlier in the day. 


    Thursday, May 2nd

    Coot Lake Public Paint Out

    8:30am - 2pm | Coot Lake

    63rd and Diagonal HWY (119)


    Join us for a paint out at scenic Coot Lake during the 2nd Annual Boulder Plein Air Festival. 



    Friday, May 3rd

    BPAF 2019 Reception, Awards Ceremony and Sale Kick Off

    6pm - 9pm | Rembrandt Yard Gallery

    1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302


    Juror-selected Awards will be presented during the reception. Libations and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.




    Saturday, May 4th

    BPAF 2019 Exhibit and Sale

    10am - 5pm | Rembrandt Yard Gallery

    1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302




    Sunday, May 5th

    BPAF 2019 Exhibit and Sale

    10am - 5pm | Rembrandt Yard Gallery

    1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302


    Boulder Plein Air Festival