Artists Alpine Holiday Delights the Senses, Soothes the Soul

07/30/14 | By | More
BEST IN SHOW – Plein air artist Jeanne MacKenzie, the Fine Arts juror for the 52nd Artists Alpine Holiday in 2012, pointed out details that she loved about the painting she chose to give the coveted Best in Show award. (Photo by Samantha Wright)

BEST IN SHOW – Plein air artist Jeanne MacKenzie, the Fine Arts juror for the 52nd Artists Alpine Holiday in 2012, pointed out details that she loved about the painting she chose to give the coveted Best in Show award. (Photo by Samantha Wright)

OURAY – Step off Ouray’s crowded, busy sidewalks and immerse your dusty soul in a tranquil pool of art, as the 54th annual Artists Alpine Holiday takes center stage at the Ouray Community Center from Aug. 1-9.

A juried art exhibit faithfully held each summer in Ouray since the 1960s, AAH is one of the oldest and best-loved juried art shows in Colorado. Now under the jurisdiction of the Ouray County Arts Association, the show was founded by newspaperwoman and artist Joyce Jorgensen. It has grown in reputation and quality over the years to become one of the longest-running, best-respected juried shows in the west.

The show typically features up to 300 artists from the Four Corners region and the Western Slope of Colorado, who submit works in many different mediums ranging from sculpture to painting to photography.

Each year, OCAA invites nationally known artists and photographers to come and perform the task of jurying the show. This year’s Fine Arts juror is Cheryl St. John, a fourth generation Colorado native and celebrated plein air artist whose impressionistic, light-splashed landscape paintings evoke a powerful sense of place.

Judging the photography show this year is Ridgway local Jim Stephenson.

The 2014 Artists Alpine Holiday is dedicated to longtime OCAA volunteers Steve and Vicki Caldwell. “It absolutely blew me away,” Vicki said. “I was very honored, very humbled and very, very surprised to receive this honor.”

Events associated with this year’s show include a two-and-a-half-day plein air painting workshop with judge Cheryl St. John, (in the medium of your choice) from Aug. 1-3. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and as of press time, there were still a few slots left. The cost of the workshop is $225.

The Artists Alpine Holiday takes place at the Ouray Community Center (340 6th Avenue) and runs from Aug. 1-9. Hours are as follows: Aug. 1 & 2, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Aug. 3-8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Artists Alpine Holiday is open to all artists, including students. All original artwork is for sale and there is no entry fee.

“There is a bravery to entering a show like this,” 2012 AAH judge Jeanne MacKenzie reflected. “It takes a lot of courage, this baring of your soul.”

For more information, visit  ourayarts.org

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