western Slope - Wednesdays

9:00 am .... In and around Grand Junction and Palisade. 
Contact: Nancy Lewis, 970-462-7370, Nancy@nblewis.com

AUGUST 2020 Schedule  NOTE:  8:00 am start time 

We have been having a great turn out on the Wednesday Paint-outs. We have been going further than the Grand Valley to find relief from the heat.  August 5th will be a magnificent location with wild flowers, lakes,  and everything a plein air painter would want. Without the bugs and heat. 

Wear a mask when around others and keep a 6' social distance. People will want to admire your masterpieces so have your mask ready to don.  All events in August start a 8:00 am but you can really just show up when you want.

Be well and hope you can join us.



August 5, 2020  8:00am  Mesa Lakes Trailhead at Jumbo lakes, up on the grand Mesa, Wild flowers are abundant, plenty of lakes, forested evergreens trees, folks fishing, dramatic skies. Everything a painter could want. There are even restrooms.  You will need to pay a day use fee but it is well worth it. Bring lunch and we can have a picnic.

Directions: Head up the grand mesa on highway 65. You will go past Jumbo Reservoir, turn right where it says Jumbo campground, continue past campground,  pay a day use fee at the entrance and continue on to the end of the road at the big parking lot. I will be painting at the little lake called Glacier springs which is right of the parking lot (Westside)

Link direction is from Palisade:  Glacier Springs in the Mesa Lakes area


August 12, 2020  Snook Bottom – 8:00am This is an open space along the Colorado River across from James Robb State Park in Fruita.  There is lots of dry vegetation, large cottonwood trees, a river and big skies. No Facilities. May have to hike down the hill to get some closeup views

Link locations: Snook bottom

Directions:  from I-70 and Dinosaur Museum Head, south on County road 340, Right on Kingsview Road. You can get to the overlook by bearing right once after the housing development. It is a great place to paint and overlooks the Colorado River across from the state park.

August 19 Loma boat launch8:00am 

Paint along the mighty Colorado River with ancient formations along the river bank

To see a map of the area click here: https://www.blm.gov/download/file/fid/34280

Directions: Head west on I-70, take exit 15, at the stop sign take a left, go over the bridge, take a right and follow signs to Kokopelli trailhead. Do not go to the trailhead but take a left to go down to boat launch. Refer to the map link to get to the boat launch. It is a little confusing to get there. You may have to drop your painting equipment down by the river and go park up the road. There is a restroom, no water and no shade. There are some other restrooms down the road.

August 268:00am  Little Park Road pull off. This overlook has an amazing view of the Colorado National Monument looking down on No Thoroughfare Canyon. This painting location is a ½ mile from the intersection of DS Road and Little Park Road on Little park road. No restrooms, water or shade. Though there are restrooms at the ribbon trailhead nearby.

Directions: Best way to get there is to take the east entrance to Colorado National Monument and take a left hand turn to Glade Park This is east Glade Park Road which becomes DS Road. Travel several miles and turn left onto Little Park Road. Travel about a ½ mile.  Dirt pull off is on the left before you go down a steep road. You will see a guardrail before going down the hill. Take a left into the pull off.  It is not a huge parking area. Please leave the overlook area free from cars so painters can set up there.

Another way to get there is:

Coming from GJ you can take Monument Road off Broadway towards Co. Nat, Mon., left on D. Rd, Right on Little Park Road.  Travel several miles, past Ribbon Trail on Right and to the parking lot on Right overlooking No Thoroughfare Canyon. If you reach DS road you’ve gone too far.

Directions from Grand Junction Camp RoadUpper No Thoroughfare Canyon Pull off

Nancy Lewis

Plein Air Artists Colorado,   23784 Snowflake Rd,   Cedaredge,   CO 81413

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