Public Art Ridgway (PARC) and the Weaver Family Foundation are proud to present the first Annual Plein Aire Event in the San Juan Mountains!
The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is a visual candy store, the year round maintained walking and biking trail, which can be followed all of the way from the town of Ridgway to the Ridgway Reservoir provides an artists playground. Bald Eagles nest along the river, feasting on salmon, while elk and deer graze on the lush grasses along the river. Hiking trails line the hillsides, guiding adventurers to specatacular vistas and views. Otters and beaver can be spotted frolicking in the rushing river, along with the occasional raft or canoe when the water is high enough.
Founded in 2012, the group of Ridgway citizens dedicated to the recognition of local artists and the presentation of art in local surroundings, otherwise known as PARC began to organize a variety of events specifically dedicated to recognising local artists. This September, they have partnered perfectly with the Weaver Family Foundation to bring a new event to every art enthusiast in Southwestern Colorado.
Known for their generosity and environmental awareness, the Weaver Family Foundation invites all artisits and art enthusiasts to enjoy a day of expression while capturing the spectacular scenery of the Uncompahgre River Corridor.
Located roughly 1.5 miles north of Ridgway, The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park provides innumerable locations to capture the beauty of the Uncompahgre River Corridor. The central attraction of the park focuses a circling walkway around a magnificent sculpture of a bald eagle. Spanning over 60 acres, however, it should not be difficult to find the ideal view to capture on canvas.
The Plein Aire Event, originally concieved of by Rick Weaver, a member both of PARC and the Weaver Family Foundation, will be a free event. All artists of every level are invited to join their fellow talent at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park for an event to remember. Around 3:30 pm, a panel of judges will choose a piece for display at the Ridgway Town Hall and a $500.00 prize. A free picnic will be served in the afternoon by the river.
Plein Aire, the act of painting outdoors, has long been a popular form of art expression, and brings to mind images of berets and a little pallette filled with every color resting on one arm. Of course, equipment is as diverse as artists, and probably more suitable to both the terrain and the artist.
It is always exciting to enjoy an event such as this even as an observer. I believe I am looking forward to this event as much as the artists are. I can't wait to enjoy the variety of colors and expressions, and am certainly looking forward to the first in a new collection of art at the Ridgway Town Hall; a little bit of history in making.
This is a free event- no entry fees for artists, or observers.
Artists may begin from dawn on Saturday, September 28, 2013, and work until approximately 3:30 pm, at which time all art may be submitted for judging with winner announced at 4:00 pm.
There will be a free picnic lunch at 12:00 pm in the main picnic area for all participants.
Directions to the Park: approximately 1.5 miles north of Ridgway, turn west at RiverSage Drive. Follow the road down across the bridge, and park in the lot on the right. R.V. turn-around available. The entrance to the park is marked by a sign "Dennis Weaver Memorial Park," but you will see the Eagle as you cross the bridge.
See You There!