‘Capturing the Beauty of Open Land’ exhibit coming

Douglas Land Conservancy allows artists access for plein air painting

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During the week of June 21-25, about two dozen skilled plein air artists will be able to access private properties in Douglas County, capturing images of pristine conserved land in the county which is not open to the public. Jagged rock formations, distant mountain views, close-up meadows, rich colors and more will fill a gallery afterwards ...

On Saturday and Sunday, a large number of paintings will be exhibited and on sale at the White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock (June 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and June 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.)

Sales will benefit the Douglas Land Conservancy, formed in 1987 through a citizen initiative, to protect large tracts of land from development for perpetuity. DLC has preserved more than 26,708 acres of open space in Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties and is accredited nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and is a certified Land Trust in the State of Colorado.

Patti Hostetler is executive director of the Douglas Land Conservancy and is excited to present the eighth annual exhibit of “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land.” She says they are bringing in “new artists as well as favorites from the past.”

Individual artists will each bring their own world view and refined technique for capturing color, weather, rock formations, mood and time of day as they look for the perfect spot to set up an easel and art lovers will be able to take home one-of-a-kind treasures that will become family heirlooms. (Or consider a perfect gift for newlyweds or perhaps a recent graduate, just starting out with a new home.)

Some painters will work in watercolor and others in acrylics or oil paints. Some will focus on a close-up image, while others will present a vast expanse ... all have been recognized for their particular skills, so a visit to this exhibit will offer many images and a real treat for any viewer lucky enough to include a visit to the exhibit on the weekend of June 26-27.

The 2021 participating artists include: Cliff Austin, Susan Bell, Marilynn Brandenburger, Harold Deist, Joni Emily, Orville Giquiento, Richard Hahn, Carol Hein, Celeste Hodges, Shelley Howard, Buffalo Kaplinski, Julie Kirkland, Janeice Linden, Sheila Marie, Laurel McGuire, Kristen Muench, Rodgers Naylor, Terri Sanchez, Colleen Smith, Karen Storm, Billy Tackett, Pam Valcante and Marilyn Wightman.

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