In 2003, the Sheridan Arts Foundation first collaborated with Keith Wicks, executive director of Sonoma Plein Air, to produce this event, and now a week of outdoor art has become an indispensable part of the town’s Independence Day festivities. Over the Fourth of July weekend, for the past 12 years in beautiful Telluride, Colorado the Sheridan Arts Foundation has hosted nationally renowned artists for the Telluride Plein Air, a celebration of outdoor painting.
In addition to observing some of the nation's top Plein Air artists at work, locals and tourists alike enjoy watching our two-hour quick draw competition, followed by the VIP Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting featuring each artists favorite piece of the week. The celebration culminates in a three-day sale, where the artists display the art they created all week long. Forty percent of the sale revenue benefits Telluride community programming through the Sheridan Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that maintains and preserves the historic Sheridan Opera House