Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air 2019,

Events & Exhibit

Friday, September 20 – Friday, September 27, 2019

Jennifer Cline “Steamboat Perspective”  2018 First Place Award

Featured Artist and Judge, David Santillanes 
Exhibit on display and for sale at SAM Sep. 27 through Nov. 2, 2019

Showcasing the beauty of the Yampa Valley, the art that is created during this extraordinary week spotlights historic landmarks, ranches, the community of Steamboat Springs and our growing arts and cultural offerings. SAM’s Plein Air Event brings local artists together with artists from around the country, and the community and our visitors together with the artists as they paint on location – This event is uniquely Steamboat!

  • Experience friendly atmosphere of Steamboat, the easy access to historical ranches, wild rivers, and the breathtaking landscape and community. Painting inspiration from fabulous scenes abounds!

  • It’s for the first-time and the seasoned art buyers.  Build your collection with paintings reflecting our unique community, at affordable price points. Featuring works by local favorites and visiting artists.

  • Meet the artists throughout the week, get familiar with their individual painting styles and what inspires them. Make some new friends!

  • Get to know Dave Santillanes, renowned Colorado painter and SAM’s 2019 Plein Air judge. A selection of Dave’s paintings will be featured at SAM for the duration of the exhibit.

Calendar Of Events

Saturday, Sept. 21: SAM PLEIN AIR QUICK DRAW in Downtown Steamboat at the Farmers Market, 7th & Yampa. 
Observe artists in action as they complete a painting in 2 hours, from start to framing.

  • 10:00 - 12:00 - Artists Paint throughout downtown Steamboat Springs.

  • 12:30 - 2 – New Paintings available for sale at the Farmers Market

Wednesday, Sept 25: SUNSET RECEPTION with PLEIN AIR ARTISTS at Alpine Mountain Ranch

  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Enjoy wine and apps, meet the artists and preview their paintings at the end of a day of painting at Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club. Tickets $40 


Thursday, September 26th:  5pm – 7pm   “AN EVENING WITH DAVE SANTILLANES” at SAM. Join Dave as he discusses the adventures and inspirations of his career as an artist.

  • Free to Art Benefactor Members ($250 & Above) 

  • $10 suggested donation for all other attendees


Friday, September 27th: OPENING RECEPTION PLEIN AIR EXHIBIT at SAM. View the works from the week of painting by 50+ painters. Works will hang wet or dry on the walls at SAM and will be available for purchase. 

  • 5:00-6:00 pm - Private PreSale Reception for Purchase Guarantors only. Use link below:


  • 6:00-8:00 - Public Opening Reception and Awards Presentation


September 28th - 30th: “CAPTURING THE ATMOSPHERE” - Workshop with Dave Santillanes. All level Plein Air and studio workshop focusing on designing a studio painting from Plein Air studies. Learn more here.

Allana Ruby "Fetcher Ranch"

Historic Routt County – 2018 Award of Excellence

Mark Akins “The Day is Spent” 

2018 Honorable Mention award

Thank You to our 2019 Plein Air Event Supporters: 

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