SAM Plein Air Event

09/23/2017 - 09/30/2017

Join SAM for the week of Sept 23 – 30, 2017 when artists from around the country convene in Steamboat to paint our beautiful fall scenery. An Exhibit of the week’s works will be on display and  for sale in SAM through Nov 4, 2017. This event produces astounding works of art by artists of all ability levels, and creates a great level of camaraderie amongst the artists and patrons alike. It showcases Steamboat, the surrounding community and landscape through the unique light of artists’ eyes.





Plein Air Paint Out Event

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Quick Draw Info:

On Saturday, Sept 30th, artists and art enthusiasts alike are invited join SAM at the Wolf Run Ranch just west of Steamboat for our Plein Air Quick Draw.


SAM Plein Air Event Calendar:​

  • Sat. Sept. 23 (8am-5pm) - Artists arrive and canvasses/paper stamped. Informational packet, sponsors materials and maps/painting location suggestions included.


  • Sept 23 – 29, Artists paint anywhere in a 50 mile radius from SAM.

    • SAM will host specific days at historic ranches, downtown, or artists favorite locations. Social gatherings will be scheduled throughout the week.


  • Fri Sept. 29, (5-8pm) - Opening reception, artwork judged and awards presented.

    • Awards include 1st, 2nd 3rd, and two honorable mentions. Special awards presented by Historic Rout County (HRC), Main Street Steamboat, and the Community Agricultural Alliance (CAA), of works that best depict the organizations’ missions.  Cash and In-kind prizes. Proceeds benefit both SAM and the artists.


  • Sat. Sept 30, - SAM Quick Draw Celebration

    • The action heats up at a local ranch with a timed, two-hour painting event, followed by an auction, BBQ and music. Experience how plein air painters work, enjoy a beautiful fall day at an historic Steamboat ranch and have FUN “watching paint dry”!
      Tickets Available


  • Sat. Nov 4, - Before 5pm - Take down of exhibit and pick up of paintings.


For More Information, call Dottie at SAM at (970) 870-1755,



For more Information about Eligibility, Entry Form and Fee, SAM Exhibition Details, Sales, Lodging/Transportation, and Awards please visit the following link.


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