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South Area Locations
Plein Air Painters of Estes Park
Meeting Time: Meet at 9am Wednesdays, critique and lunch at 12pm. In October, we will meet at 10am.
Contact: Margaret Jensen, 970-586-4816, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cynthia Price Reedy, 970-980-9443, email@example.com
Tuesday, May 21
1200 West Florida Ave.
Tuesday, May 28
Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1876, is Denver's oldest
operating cemetery and is designated as a national historic district.
Heirloom iris should be blooming. There is wildlife, a pond, mountain
views, and downtown views.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Located at 2700 West Amherst Avenue, off of Federal Avenue
in southwest Denver just north of Hampden. You can get directions and
area maps for Iris4u at maps.google.com. http://www.iris4u.com/map.html
9509 County Highway 73, Evergreen CO 80439 Travel south
from Evergreen on County Highway 73 approximately 6.8 miles to the main
trailhead entry road. From US Highway 285 at Aspen Park, take Barkley
Road to County Highway 73. Turn north and travel to the main trailhead
entrance. Alternative parking is available on Shadow Mountain Drive
at Highway 73. Note: This park is further west than Meyers Ranch Park
There are quaint downtown scenes, and Clear Creek, See
the Degas Exhibit at Foothills Art Center afterward. Through June 30,
PAAC's first ever Plein Air Painting Marathon: sunrise
5a.m. Barnum Park North 8th ave hill, 8am Red Rocks Park, lunch;picnic
at Red Rocks, 2pm Lair O'the Bear Park, evening; contest judging with
prizes sunset: Evergreen Lake
170 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora, CO, 80012
There are beautiful ponds, marshes, birds, mountain views,
and a creek on the west and north side of the larger ponds.
Thursday, May 30
Waneka Lake is a large, beautiful lake and Greenlee Preserve
is a small marshy
Thursday, June 6
Lots of views to the east. Grassy areas and mature pine
Meadow Park is bounded on three sides by the North St.
Vrain River and by sandstone cliffs. The Meadow Park Shelter House has
been declared a historic sight.
Located in central Boulder, the front of the Tea House
has a magnificent rose garden. If the roses are not blooming, Boulder
Creek is a block to the south and Pearl Street Mall is two blocks to
the north. There is plenty to paint.
Viele Lake is a beautiful small lake in South Boulder
with views of NCAR and the Flatirons. Or paint close-ups of winter marsh
plants, grasses, reflections, and lots and lots of geese. Lunchtime
critique at Joan's house, two blocks from the lake. Joan will provide
tea and coffee.
If interested, please contact Susan McCullough at 719-588-2261 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to high spring winds in the San Luis Valley, these paint out dates could be cancelled so please give Susan McCullough a call and check if we are still on.
Meet at the Soldiers Home area at 8:30 and paint either the old cottages on the east side of the road or paint the lake and river on the other side- very diverse painting area.
Wednesday, May 29
We will meet at the ranch at 8:30.This should be prime time for painting at the ranch.
Wednesday, June 5
We will paint in the Crestone area. Meet at the Mosca Fire station parking lot at 8:30 and carpool from there. The Sangres are gorgeous right now!
Paint at the McCullough Ranch. Meet at 8:30 by the barn and spread out from there. Should be beautiful- this will probably be the last painting time at the ranch due to mosquitos.
No paint out due to PAPNM Santa Fe paint out from June 15- 22.
We will paint Poague Lake. Meet at the Organic Peddler
in Del Norte and carpool from there. Meet at 8:30.
Natural open space at the entrance to the foothills and set just east of the Hogback. Trees, a creek, foothills and a wonderful, white barn.
Directions: 9880 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton (C-470 and Wadsworth, just west of Botanic Gardens at Chatfield).
Friday, May 30
There are two parks here, one in Littleton and one Englewood -- split by Belleview. These park is full of hidden gems for painting. To the south side, there is a lovely fishing pond nestled in a thick grove and natural setting of cottonwood and willow trees; and to the north, a winding creek flowing through the center of the park toward a small train trestle. There is also a miniature train station and barn. The train should be running (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Directions: 5100 S Hickory St, Littleton. also
5001 S Inca St, Englewood
Progress Park: http://www.sspr.org/Parks/ParksTrails/ProgressPark.aspx
Friday, June 7, 2013
Experience this rustic, western, unique place that is a not-to-be-missed landmark in Colorado. Paint the saloon front or surrounding buildings or the awesome granite cliffs and trees that envelope this tiny mountain community of Sphinx Park. Plan to have lunch at the Bucksnort, which opens at noon. Make a day of it and head back to Pine after lunch and paint along the South Platte River.
Directions: Sphynx Park, near the town of Pine. This is about 35-40 miles southwest of Denver -- only an hour away! Take Highway 285 (Hampden) South from Denver just over 21 miles to Pine Valley Road (at Pine Junction) from C-470 and Hwy 283. Head left or south-east 6.3 miles, to the town of Pine. Turn left on S Elk Creek Road at Pine and wind up 1.3 miles to Sphinx Park. Parking at the Bucksnort Saloon. You can't miss it.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Summer should be sparkling on the nearby ponds and the South Platte. Paint the buildings, wetlands, trees.
Directions: 9308 S Wadsworth. The Audubon Center is located on the southwest side of Denver in Littleton, Colorado. From I25 & C470, go west on C470.· Exit onto Wadsworth, travel south on Wadsworth about 4.4 miles. (Go PAST the main entrance for Chatfield State Park.)· Turn left on Waterton Road. · Immediately turn left into the first parking lot at the Audubon Center sign.
Friday, June 21, 2013
No paintout scheduled in anticipation and preparation of the Paint-out Marathon on Saturday!
Friday, June 28, 2013
Daniels Park is one of largest parks in Denver Mountain Park system. The 1,000-acre historic ranch in Douglas County is known for its bison herd, dramatic view of the mountains, historic ranch buildings, distinctive stone shelter, and Tallbull Memorial Grounds. This will be our first sunset paintout of the summer. Arrive around 6 or 6:30 to get those late lights and colors.
Directions: To reach Daniels Park from Denver, travel south on I-25 to exit 188 (Castle Pines Parkway), and go west to Daniels Park Road. Turn right (north) and travel 2 miles through the park. One may also go south on Santa Fe Drive through Sedalia and turn left onto Daniels Park Road.
Saturday, May 25
Meet at the parking lot by Sheldon Lake on Sheldon Dr
off of Mulberry. It will be a full moon, and there are lights around
the Sheldon Lake.
From N. College Ave (287)Take a right on CR #1 just after the mini stonehenge at The Rock Garden. Drive on CR #1 to Douglas Rd. Take a left on Douglas Rd to Point Dr. This is almost across from where Art 342 used to be. Go to 3669 Point Dr. and park in the small parking lot.
Saturday, June 8
From Fort Collins, drive west on Hwy 34 out of Loveland
to Estes Park. Take Hwy 7 to Wild Basin. (Hwy 7 also takes you to Allenspark.)
Take a right at the Wild Basin sign if you are driving south from Estes.
Park fees are $20 per car or $40 for the cheapest annual pass. If you
want to carpool, please meet in the parking lot right before the Wild
Basin Ranger's Fee Booth no later than 9:00 am. Otherwise look for the
painting group towards Copeland or Calypso Falls. This is a gorgeous
hike, so please wear adequate hiking shoes, and have a backpack for
your painting gear. Bring water, snacks and pack light. There are restroom
facilities at the parking lot. You can paint near the parking lot if
you don't want to hike.
Saturday, June 15
We will meet at Ted's Place on 287 and Hwy 14 at 8:30
am, and caravan and carpool from there to a painting spot at Red Feather
Saturday, June 22
Located at Shields and 287. There will be some live music as we paint.
Saturday, June 29
Bingham Hill Park, 4500 County Road 50E (Bingham Hill
Road) Bellvue, CO 80512.
Painters of Estes Park
Wednesday, May 22
Beautiful ponds on both sides of N. 75th St. with open
views of the Front Range and especially Long's Peak. Paint close in
views of cattails and reflections in the ponds. A great place for lunch
in Hygiene just north of the open
Wednesday, May 29
Highway 66 to Hover St., turn south, go west on 3rd and drive straight into the parking lot. From Boulder take the Diagonal to Hover.
Wednesday, June 5
Park in lot behind MacDonald's Book Store and the Paper Store.
Wednesday, June 12
2600 Ridge Lane in Carriage Hills, Estes Park. Take highway 7 from Estes toward Allenspark. Turn left on Carriage Drive. Carriage Drive curves around. Turn right on Ponderosa, the next road after Whispering Pines. Go one block and turn right on Ridge Lane. Go clear to the end and park where you can, being sure not to block the driveways of the two neighbors. PLAN ON A POTLUCK.
Wednesday, June 19
Take hwy 7 from Estes Park about 12 miles to the Wild
Basin Entrance to RMNP. Go past the lake to the end of gravel road.
Wednesday, June 26
From Hwy 34/36 intersection take Wonderview (34) past the Stanley, turn N. on MacGregor Lane, in one mile go straight under the MacGregor sign and up road to museum, facilities. Pay $5 per person at gift shop on edge of parking lot. Do not enter barns or corrals and no parking along the roads. Lunch and critique on benches in front of museum.
Wednesday, July 3
Wednesday, July 10
Take Highway 7 about 7 miles out of Estes. Meet in front of the dining room.
Wednesday, July 17
Enter through Fall River Road entrance. Turn right at
Endo Valley sign toward Old Fall River Rd. Endo Valley is at the end
Wednesday, July 24
Meet at the visitor's center.
Wednesday, July 31
10523 State hwy 7. Approximately 10 mile south of Estes
Park. Driveway is on the east side of the hwy and has a small sign that
Wednesday, August 7
1551 Devils Gulch Rd., 2 miles from town of Estes. Cabin on N. side. PLAN ON A POT LUNCH.
Wednesday, August 14
Down the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34), seven miles
from Estes, between mile markers 70 and 71. The road goes off to the
Wednesday, August 21
Take the Fall River entrance, turn right after sheep crossing
sign, meet at second west alluvial fan parking lot. Spread out to many
Wednesday, August 28
Beaver Meadows entrance, go past Bear Lake Rd. and take
the next left (sign, dirt road). Meet at the end of the Road. Parking,
Wednesday, September 4
Hwy 36 west of Estes Park, then turn on hwy 66 at the
Y in road, proceed to YMCA. Meet at the Administration Bldg parking
lot. Paint anywhere
Wednesday, September 11
Take the Fall River entrance into RMNP and go through
Horseshoe Park. At the right hand turn for Endo Valley there is a parking
Wednesday, September 18
Beaver Meadows entrance, turn left on Bear Lake Road, then right on the Moraine Park Campground Road. Before entering the campground turn left on the Cub Lake Rd., go to the end of the road.
Wednesday, September 25
Go through town west on Elkhorn, pass Bighorn Resort and start looking for 880 W. Elkhorn on left side, grey house, steep small driveway. Park across street in and around the church parking lot. Facilities, tables.
Wednesday, October 2
Take McGregor Ave. out of Estes, one-half mile past the McGregor Ranch gate. Turn left. Parking, facilities.
Wednesday, October 9
3860 Hwy 36, east of Estes Park. Turn south at the top
of Pole Hill Road before the big drop into Estes. Go several miles in
to meet at the Pavilion.
Wednesday, October 16
Go through Lyons if coming from Estes or before Lyons
if coming from the valley. Meadow Park is to the North on a small road
Wednesday, October 23
Located 1 mile west of Lyons on the north side of Highway
7 (South Saint Vrain). The upper parking lot has covered tables and
Wednesday, October 30
Off highway 34 west of Loveland go north on CR27 at the
elementary school. Go 3-4 miles, watch for signs for Bobcat Open space,
turn left. You have gone too far if you pass the Post Office. Free,
no dogs, facilities, shelter/picnic area, hike to the old cabin at the
foot of the red rock cliff. Park cars in car area only (if you park
in horse trailer area you will be ticketed).
We're hardy souls who don't generally let the weather stand in the way of a good paint out, but occasionally we use common sense and urge you to do so, as well. If the weather is dangerous(or for any other reason), we reserve the right to call off a paint out without any notice (although we will try). And, we hereby state, in no way, are PAAC, its members, sponsors or associates responsible in any way for participants. These paint outs are considered public affairs; you are responsible for yourself.
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