Upcoming events

    • 06/01/2018
    • 09/01/2018
    • Colorado State Capitol Building
    • 5
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    PAAC Members
    are invited to show their
    large works at the
    Colorado State Capitol

    Entry Period:
    March 1-31, 2018

    Here's an incentive to create some large paintings!

    Log in to this website to register.

    Show Title
    The Beauty of Colorado

    Entry Period: March 1-31, 2018
    Delivery of Artwork: Mid May
    Show: June - September, 2018

    Capturing a broad spectrum of viewpoints of our beautiful state, from the urban centers to the most remote and wild spaces.

    Must be current PAAC members.

    The first 40 artists who enter and meet the criteria will get at least one painting in the show. The painting(s) selected will be given preference based on plein air and largest size.

    Entry Fee $25
    Entry Fee is non-refundable.

    Artwork will be displayed in both public and non-public spaces.

    The ground level of the Capitol’s rotunda is the most formal exhibition space and it is open to the public.

    Art will also be placed in the Lieutenant Governor’s office, located in the Capitol, as well as the office of the staff for the Legislative Council.

    Artworks will also be hung in the Joint Budget Committee room, and two legislative hearing rooms, all located in the Legislative Services Building, across the street from the Capitol. The Lieutenant Governor’s office, the Joint Budget Committee room, and the hearing rooms are not open to the public, however, the works will be seen on a daily basis by state legislators and staff.

    Criteria for artwork

    • Plein Air painting, or Studio painting inspired by a Plein Air painting.
    • Plein Air paintings will be given first consideration.
    • Colorado Scene.
    • Artwork (unframed) size at least 24" x 36", or 864 sq inches.
    • Original Artwork - Oil, Watercolor, Pastel or Mixed Media.
    • No Prints.
    • Not juried, to showcase artwork at every level.
    • Up to four entries per artist.
    • Up to 40 paintings will be displayed.
    • Ready to hang.
      • Quality frame, or gallery wrap (staples on back) with finished (painted) sides.
      • D hooks are required.  (No eye hooks or sawtooth hangers.)
    • Content may not include violence/guns or nudity.
    • No overtly political statements.


    • Artists will be responsible to hand deliver or ship the artwork to Centennial, CO by the date we determine.  PAAC will deliver the artwork to the Capitol together.
    • Identification tags must be attached to back of each accepted work.
    • Hand Delivered work must be wrapped in bubble wrap and sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard.
    • Artist is responsible for any shipping charges to and from the exhibition. Artist is responsible for insuring his/her own work during transit.

    Shipping Information
    Accepted artists will be responsible for shipping and insurance both ways.

    All shipped work should include:

    1. Prepaid shipping label.  Art shipped without a prepaid return label will not be displayed unless a return label is provided before delivery day to the capitol. Failure to provide a prepaid return label will result in a $25 handling fee in addition to the bill for return shipping
    2. For pieces shipped with glass, neither PAAC  nor Creative Capitol is responsible for breakage or replacement. We suggest you use Plexiglas.

    3.  Include an uncrating fee of $25 per box, payable to PAAC for each box in the shipment.

    Promotion and Sales

    • Sales percentages: 90% Artist, 10% PAAC.
      • Creative Capitol (CCI) does not take a percentage of any artwork sales.
    • Artwork does not have to be available for sale.
    • PAAC will promote the exhibition via website, email blasts, and social media.
    • PAAC will post an online catalog on our website.
    • CCI does not put price information on the labels for any work.
    • CCI will place printed promotional materials with information about the show and contact information for CCI throughout the Capitol. Interested buyers can contact CCI and CCI will put them in direct contact with PAAC.


    Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit.

    Although PAAC and its members will use their best efforts to prevent such occurrences, neither PAAC, nor any other organization connected with the show is responsible for loss or damage from any cause, including unpacking, hanging, or repacking.

    The Capitol insures all artwork during the show. It is a well monitored space with lots of security. In the event of loss or damage that cannot be restored, the Artist shall receive the same amount as if the work had been sold.

    By submitting this application, Artist is agreeing to these terms.

    • 10/01/2018
    • 10/04/2018
    • Durango, Colorado

                     Image courtesy of Durango.org

    Paint with PAAC this fall in Durango!

    PAAC will coordinate painting locations, find places to stay at discounted rates, provide information about the best places to eat, and set up an opening dinner the night before painting starts.

    Stay another day and attend our Annual Exhibition Show and Sale Opening at Sorrel Sky Gallery.

    Are you looking for a roommate, or want to carpool?
    Login and go to the Events page to see other registrants who want to be listed. You can click on their name to send them a private message.

    Cancellation Policy:
    You may cancel your registration up to 30 days before the event.
    PAAC will refund the registration fee minus $5 for administrative costs.
    If PAAC cancels the event, we will refund the entire registration fee.

    Hotel Discounts:

    Durango Downtown Inn   $96 per night based on double occupancy,  2 queen beds.  No Breakfast.   (970) 247-5393

    Comfort Inn of Durango  $109 per night based on double occupancy, 2 queen beds.  Full Breakfast.  (970) 259-7900

    Artists need to call and make their own reservations, mentioning that they are with PAAC.  Be sure to double check the cancellation policy for the rooms. 


    There are several campgrounds near Durango. Some PAAC members are staying at Lightner Creek Campground, which is not far out of town and sounds very nice. They have cabins as well as RV spots and tent camping. They are not offering any discounts, but their rates are pretty reasonable.

    1567 Co Rd 207, Durango, CO 81301   Phone(970) 247-5406

    • 10/05/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Avenue Durango, CO 81301

    • 10/06/2018
    • 10/28/2018
    • Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Avenue Durango, CO 81301
    PAAC's annual juried exhibition and sale of our members' finest work,

    to showcase the excellence that can be achieved in Plein Air painting.

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