Winners announced in Steamboat Art Museum’s 2018 Plein Air Paint Out
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Last week, artists could be spotted along River Road or Lincoln Avenue artists with paintbrushes in hand and gaze set. In all, 54 plein air artists, including 38 from Colorado, participated in Steamboat Art Museum’s annual Plein Air Paint Out.
The event ran for six days, starting Sept. 22 and continuing through Sept. 28. Artists were allowed to paint as many as three paintings anywhere and of anything as long as they used an approved canvas and finished the paintings by noon on the last day.
Chris Gallion, Steamboat Art Museum communications and events manager, said artists could be found painting along scenic roads like Elk River Road or Twenty Mile Road, on various ranches, in front of historic buildings and downtown.
During the Paint Out’s opening reception and sale, Mark Thompson selected this year’s winners: Jennifer Cline’s “Steamboat Perspective,” Adam Zabel’s “Lake Like Glass” and Chula Beauregard’s “Special Breed.”
In addition, awards of excellence were presented by Historic Routt County and Main Street Steamboat Springs. Each nonprofit selected the painting that best represented their mission.
The Historic Routt County Award of Excellence went to “Fetcher Ranch” by Allana Ruby, and the Main Street Award of Excellence went to Sharon Rusch Shaver’s “Plain Main.”
The featured pieces will continue to be exhibited at the museum through Nov. 3.
Plein Air Paint Out winners
First place: “Steamboat Perspective” by Jennifer Cline, Loveland
Second place: “Lake Like Glass” by Adam Zabel, Steamboat Springs
Third place: “Special Breed” by Chula Beauregard, Steamboat Springs
“Gradual Gold” by David Harms, Centennial
“The Day is Spent” by Mark Akin, Grand Junction
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