Red Brick Plein Air Festival, Aug. 6-13
Experience Art in the open air
Painting outdoors comes to life in Aspen from Aug. 6-13 during the sixth annual Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen. "Plein air" painting is a long-celebrated form or art in which the artist captures the essence of the subject in the outdoors. ("En plein air" is a French expression meaning "in the open air.") The artists use many techniques to accomplish this, including using natural light, color and even movement into their works. The week is chock-full of events, including plenty of painting in full view of the public.
Organized by The Red Brick Center for the Arts, the Plein Air Festival kicks off Aug. 6 with the Artists Arrival event. Artists will be painting in various locations, including the pedestrian malls in downtown Aspen. Other prime viewing spots include Maroon Bells and along Independence Pass. On Aug. 10, a Community Reception is sceduled for 5-7 p.m. at The Limelight Hotel. The free event is open to the public and kicks off the full exhibition and sale of artwork. There will be apubic vote for favorite artists, and two cash prizes will be awarded. The exhibition and sale will continue at The Limelight Hotel until Sunday, Aug. 13. (Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) A portion of each art sale will benefit the Red Brick Center for the Arts.
There will be a Quick Draw on the Pedestrian Mall event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11. A "paint out" - or quick draw - is a popular event at plein air festivals. A group of judges will select the best works, and all paintings will be on display at the Sister Cities Plaza on the Mill Street mall. Works will also be available for purchase.
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