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North Fork - Western Slope

Paonia, Hotchkiss, Cedaredge, Delta and Montrose areas

Paint Out Leaders:  Dione Holt & Anita Winter 

Contact details:   Dione Holt  Phone 720-671-4963      Email

                             Anita Winters  Phone 303-912-2199

Areas for paint outs in the North Fork Valley will include Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta and as far as Montrose. We may venture further afield in the summer months. Painting location suggestions are welcome.  Paint out locations may not have restrooms or cellphone reception. Please text or email Dione if you plan to attend. An update will be emailed the day before or early on the day if cancellations or changes are needed due to weather. 

NOTE:  Meeting Times are Variable - so read carefully 

The paint out this week will be at surface creek near Anita’s house in Cedaredge. I won’t be able to make this week’s paint out so message Anita if you need directions. 303-912-2199.

Welcome to new members of the group. We are a (mostly) social group of painters who meet weekly at different areas in the North Fork Valley and beyond. Please come along and paint with us and meet some other artists. All levels are welcome!

November 14th

Surface Creek, Cedaredge

Meet at Anita's house at 9am

23766 Snowflake Rd, Cedaredge

November 21st

Crawford State Park, Crawford

Meet at Lazy J’s coffee if weather is bad

November 28th

Paonia Town Park, Paonia

Open calls:

Other Opportunities

  • Cedar Keshet is leaving her co-op space at Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs and is looking for an artist to take on her space. From Cedar:

    'Due to my heavy workload and unforeseen circumstances, I have to give up my half wall at Cooper Corner Gallery. 
    This gallery has high traffic and caters to the tourists who come to visit Glenwood Springs, as well as ski towns in the area. It is a cooperative gallery, run by all the partners/members.
    The space is a half wall for paintings. If you are interested, please let me know as well as stopping by the gallery. Ask for Annie Brooks. She is head of the jury committee.
    If I didn't have three jobs plus working at the gallery, I wouldn't leave. But my workload has increased, taking more of my time than I have to give to being a good Gallery partner.'

Please let me know if you have any events or information to share with the group.

Other Artist Events & Opportunities

  • I’ll be teaching  the last of my plein air classes at Redstone General Store for the year on September 8th from 9am-1pm. The online booking portal isn’t working, so let me know if you’d like to come and I’ll add you to the count. We get a very special lunch at the Redstone General Store after the class including homemade ice cream!. It’s been really fun teaching there this summer.

  • Anita Winter has a watercolor class at Paonia Books on September 9th.  Learn no-fail watercolor techniques. Create floral greeting cards with your new skills. Step by step instruction. Bring your own supplies or purchase supplies at Paonia Books prior to first class. 

  • Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia is September 22nd - 24th.

  • Anita Winter has a solo exhibition  at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events center in Cedaredge September 25th - November 5th. Opening reception is Sept 29th

  • Cedar Keshet is teaching a field journaling class in Watercolor, Pencil and Pen at Paonia Books on September 30. Learn some basic techniques that will help you record what you see, hear and feel on your next hike in the mountains, relaxing time at the park or your backyard.

  • October 1-6th is the Monuments and Canyons plein air event. Anita Winter, Nancy Lewis and I will be participating this year. The opening reception will be Friday October 6th 5pm-8pm at Carlson Vineyards Tasting Room in downtown Grand Junction.

  • Plein Air Artist of Colorado (PAAC) annual national exhibition will be in Taos this year at the The Blumenschein Museum. The exhibition will be from October 2nd - November 5th. Congratulations to the artists who were juried into the show:

    • Mary Pat Ettinger

    • Dione Holt

    • Mike Ray

    • Jennifer Reifenberg

    • Anita Winter

  • The catalog of works is available online here:

Please let me know if you have any events or information to share with the group.

For 2024 plein air events, I’m planning to put together a google document with a link so that we can all add plein air events and entry deadlines in the one place.

Let me know if you have any favorite painting spots for fall. The cottonwoods around Ridgway are definitely on the list!

Plein Air Artists Colorado,   23784 Snowflake Rd,   Cedaredge,   CO 81413

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