Plein Air artists featured in Plan Jeffco exhibit

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Posted 9/5/18

Twenty-five professional artists will paint from dawn to dusk at one Jeffco Open Space location each day from Sept. 10-15 as part of In Plein Sight, a week-long live painting event. PLAN Jeffco, a …

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Plein Air artists featured in Plan Jeffco exhibit

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Twenty-five professional artists will paint from dawn to dusk at one Jeffco Open Space location each day from Sept. 10-15 as part of In Plein Sight, a week-long live painting event.

PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit volunteer-led organization of open space advocates based in Jefferson County, is the organizer of the event, which also includes a gallery exhibit Sept. 12-16 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., Golden.

Freshly painted works will be added to the gallery each day as the artists continue to produce new pieces during the week, and all artwork will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit PLAN Jeffco’s educational outreach.

In Plein Sight launched as the largest, first-of-its-kind plein air painting event in Jeffco’s Open Space in October 2016. The launch event was wildly successful with more than $35,000 of artwork sold. Literally meaning “open air,” plein air was developed in the mid-19th century by French impressionists including Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir.

“We are very excited to bring In Plein Sight back to Jefferson County this year,” In Plein Sight event chair and longtime PLAN Jeffco board member John Litz said in a news release. “It has become more important than ever to preserve our open space as the Colorado population continues to boom. We feel this event is the perfect way to celebrate our parks and inspire a new generation to learn how to both conserve and enjoy the gorgeous landscape that draws so many to our beautiful state.”

“Our volunteer-led board works closely with Jeffco Open Space to advocate for the conservation of key lands,” PLAN Jeffco Co-President Michelle Poolet said. “We are dedicated to the preservation of our green spaces and we feel that now more than ever, education is a necessity to ensure our open space parks and trails are properly maintained so they can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. In Plein Sight is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to learn about what PLAN Jeffco does, as well as have an opportunity to take a beautiful rendering of Jeffco Open Space home to enjoy.”

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