Summoning their inner Vincent van Gogh, local artists, from sun up to sun down, braved the Colorado fall elements — wind on Tuesday and rain on Thursday — to paint outside and highlight Jefferson County Open Space Parks.
The artists, mostly Jefferson County residents but also including some from other places in Colorado and even a couple from out-of-state, were participating in PLAN Jeffco’s In Plein Sight event.
Plein air painting is when an artist reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. And using this style Oct. 4-8, 25 to 27 artists painted at a different Jeffco open space park each day — South Valley in Littleton, Mount Falcon in Morrison, Crown Hill in Lakewood, White Ranch Park and along the Clear Creek Trail, both in Golden.
In Plein Sight also featured a gallery exhibit Oct. 8 and 9 at the Golden Community Center, during which the public could view and purchase the artwork created during the week. Sixty percent of the sales went to the artist, and the rest went to PLAN Jeffco — a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization based in Jefferson County that advocates to preserve open space lands.
Most of the artists produced at least two or three works of art of various sizes each day, and all were superlative paintings, said Margot Zallen, the president of PLAN Jeffco.
Being the first time such an event took place in Jeffco open space parks, it was successful and everybody seemed to enjoy it, Zallen said.
“This just shows how important it is to the citizens to protect their open space lands,” she said.