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Release Date: 06/18/09
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Plein Art Show Set in Dolores

Dolores, Colo. –  The Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners will present their 2009 summer exhibition at the Anasazi Heritage Center from July 1 through September 7. An opening reception and “paintout” (weather permitting) will take place at the museum on July 12, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This will be a juried event, with a “Best of Show” award given at the reception. The paintings on exhibit will be offered for sale. Proceeds benefit both the artists and the nonprofit Canyonlands Natural History Association.
Plein air painting is done outdoors andon location in order to capture the true light and colors of nature, with only a few touchups done in the studio. The paintings will feature landscapes and features of the Four Corners area.
The Plein Air Painters organization was formed in 2001 by local artists who decided it would be fun meet on a regular basis and paint outdoors. Currently 40 members from New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona meet at scenic locations throughout the region to capture images in oils, watercolors and acrylics. Theyhave exhibited previously at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, San Juan College and Gateway Park in Farmington, and Red Rock State Park near Gallup, New Mexico.
The group has hosted previous paintouts at locations including Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Navajo National Monument, Chaco Canyon, Ghost Ranch, McElmo Canyon, and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Artists interested in joining must first paint with the group at three paintout events.
The mission of the Plein Air Painters group is to foster a congenial atmosphere among local painters, to improve and hone members’ skills, and to help them realize their full potential as artists. They hope to enjoy themselves while depicting and promoting the beauty of the Four Corners region.
Anyone interested may view the club’s website at
The Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center is 3 miles west of Dolores on State Highway 184, and is open daily from 9 to 5.  For more information, call the Center at (970)882-5600, or visit the web site at

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  3 miles west of Dolores on State Highway 184  

Last updated: 06-22-2009