Winners announced in Steamboat Art Museum’s 2018 Plein Air Paint Out |

Winners announced in Steamboat Art Museum’s 2018 Plein Air Paint Out

One of the featured plein air paintings in Steamboat Art Museum’s event is “Steamboat Perspective” by Jennifer Cline. (Courtesy photo)

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.

“Lake Like Glass” by artist Adam Zabel was one of Steambot Art Museum’s 2018 Plein Air Paint Out pieces. (Courtesy photo)

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.

This plein air piece is titled, “Special Breed” by artist Chula Beauregard. (Courtesy photo)

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

Honorable mentions

“Gradual Gold” by David Harms, Centennial

“The Day is Spent” by Mark Akin, Grand Junction

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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