Palmer Lake Art Group

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Special Events

Throughout the year PLAG searches out opportunities to connect our members with other visual artist groups across the Colorado Front Range community to build on relationships, share resources and elevate learning programs. Our commitment to a network of artists allows us to offer our workshops at PLAG member rates, inviting a diversity of interest areas and creative technique building skills. We hope you will join us at these special events!

The Chautauqua Institute was founded in 1874 on Lake Chautauqua in New York State as an outdoor religious educational and recreational experience in a summer “tent university” that was multigenerational and multidisciplinary, engaging people through the arts and nature. The movement spread throughout the country to semi rural locations near large towns with good rail service. Unfortunately, as autos became prevalent, these programs faded away for a different type of summer vacation. President Teddy Roosevelt, however, called the Chautauqua “ the most American thing in America”.

One of the first such “daughter” Chautauqua events, first to take place in Colorado, was in Palmer Lake “just down the rail” from Denver. It was held in the Glen area from 1886-1910. People would stay for days to weeks in tents or cabins or in local hotels. There were featured speakers, artists, nature talks and walks, hikes, and concerts. Some of the lecturers were even given land in the Glen as payment. 

The Palmer Lake Art Group is holding multiple visual art events during the 2024 Chautauqua from August 2-4 in conjunction with the Arts Council work to revive the Chautauqua concept for a current-day experience. Their goal is to promote the arts and humanities through performing and visual arts programs, music, hikes, and classes from a wide array of subjects for all age groups.

PLAG Chautauqua – “Paint the Lake” Plein Air Event

Join us for this unique Plein Air “Paint Out” in Palmer Lake, CO, celebrating the camaraderie of fellow painters from across the front range. Participants may select from any location around the lake or from 4-5 previewed areas around the town. We will start the day at the park Gazebo to the sounds of live Scottish bagpipes being played on the Lake’s bridge while registering and setting up plein air kits at painter’s chosen locations for the morning painting period. After a BBQ lunch (included) and shorter afternoon painting period, submissions for judging will begin at the tent area at 2:30 PM where painters receiving awards for first through third places, receiving $500, $350 and $200 awards respectively. 

After the awards ceremony, all Plein Air participants are invited to join a 2 hour afternoon special event from celebrated landscape painter and Coors Western Art Show “Young Guns” artist Michael Magrin, with a discussion and demonstration on “Painting Big Skies” (included). Attendees will enjoy Michael’s contemporary take and unique portrayal of western sky and cloudscapes which blend nostalgia with tranquility through his use of bold shapes. Michael’s background as an instructor and mentor has provided many opportunities for artists to learn from his thought process and traditional techniques that capture a modern vision. Michael’s work is represented by the Broadmoor and Abend Galleries.

PLAG Chautauqua –Annual Member BBQ

Palmer Lake Art Group members are invited to our annual BBQ, Friday evening August 2nd . Entrees of BBQ chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. As a tradition, members are asked to bring side dishes to share as described below and their own beverages. Music by Ray deMers will be hosted by the Arts Council.

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