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Updated on: 01/30/2021

Fort Collins   -   Fridays 

Coordinator for Fort Collins, Andrea Gabel.

 Andrea's cell and text: (970) 302-3103, email:

                             PLEASE NOTE:  YOU are responsible for keeping yourself safe. 

                                        Wear a mask, practice S-D of 6 feet and no carpooling. 

Assume there will be no restrooms due to the current COVID-19 situation.

April Schedule   NOTE: for the month of April, we will meet from 10 am to 1 pm.   

                   And note our special Sunday March 28 "moonrise" paint out!  Woohoooo!  

April 2 - Friday,

McMurry Natural Area, north of old town Fort Collins

10:00am - 1:00pm

Head north on College Ave. Go past old town. Turn left on Hemlock, there is no traffic light light there. If you get to Hickory St. you've gone past it.Follow Hemlock past the railroad tracks. It turns into a dirt road. Keep on the main road, it winds a little bit and then dead ends at a small parking lot.

There are no restroom facilities.( the nearest facilities are at Magpie Meander (closed in Winter) which is at the end of Hickory st. or at Salyer Natural Area at the end of Woodlawn St.)

April 9 - Friday

Last time the weather was bad, so we'll try it again!

Old Town Square, Fort Collins, near Little Bird Bakeshop

10:00am - 1:00pm

We will meet outside of Little Bird Bakeshop and then find painting spots anywhere in Old Town.This is a good opportunity to work on architectural pieces, and figures.

Little Bird Bakeshop

April 16 - Friday

We'll try this one again! Last time it was closed.

Devil's Backbone Trailhead, West of Loveland (if closed, go to River's Edge Natural Area, Loveland)

10:00am - 1:00pm

Take Highway 34 west of Loveland to just past mile marker #88 (4 miles west of the new Jax). Turn right (north) onto Hidden Valley Drive. We'll meet in the parking lot near the trailhead. There are restroom facilities.Devil's Backbone Open Space

Devil's Backbone Open Space

April 23 - Friday

Ouzel Picnic Area - Poudre Canyon, NW of Fort Collins

10:00am– 1:00pm

Take highway US-287 North, past Fort Collins. Continue on the main highway (287) veering north away from LaPorte. Continue on US-287 to highway CO-14 west (this is a left at the gas station known as Ted's Place ). Ouzel  picnic area is located up Poudre Canyon,( Highway 14), 12 miles from Ted's Place. ( Note:Ted's Place is located where Highway 14 and 287 split.),-105.34127,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87693cf570cc6dbd:0x1de72f248dbfbbd0!8m2!3d40.6915629!4d-105.3390813

Ouzel Picnic Area

SPECIAL EXTRA Paint Out    March 28, Sunday Evening, Moonrise/Sunset Painting,

Arapaho Bend Natural Area located at the intersection of Mariah Ln and Struass Cabin Rd..,Fort Collins

6:30pm - Dusk

Please join me for a moonrise and/or sunset painting! Sunset is at 7:21pm; Moonrise is at 7:30pm. It's fun to paint several very small paintings during this time because the light changes so fast. It can be wonderful to capture the different shapes and colors. I'll be painting several 6"x8" canvas boards. Dress warmly because it gets quite cold when the sun goes down.

Park on Mariah Ln. or at the parking lot one block north on Strauss Cabin Rd. A porta potty is located to the east of the parking lot there.

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