2014 Art for the Sangres Show Exceeds Expectations

On Saturday, September 27, Wet Mountain Valley residents and other guests attended the 18th Annual Art for the Sangres event at A Painted View Ranch in Westcliffe. The annual gala is San Isabel Land Protection Trust’s largest fundraiser of the year. Organizers of the event report that the show exceeded all expectations and sold over $131,000 in artwork.  Last year’s event grossed $114,000. An estimated 200 guests attended the Saturday paid reception.


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Pictured: the art show entrance at A Painted View Ranch

Organizers attribute the success and growth of the event to the support of the sponsors and the dedication of the volunteers who work year-round to put on the event. A significant amount of emphasis in recent years has been placed on diversifying the art media as well as enhancing the event to keep it vibrant and fresh each year.

Forty percent of the artwork sales, less event expenses, go to San Isabel Land Protection Trust. The other 60% goes to the artist. Proceeds support the Land Trust’s efforts to protect scenic views, working ranches, water, and wildlife habitat in the Wet Mountain Valley, as well as in Fremont and Huerfano counties and portions of Pueblo County.

Fifty five sponsors and over 50 volunteers supported the 2014 show including the Presenting Sponsor, A Painted View Ranch. Twenty-eight artists representing a variety of media traveled from California, New Mexico, Colorado, and beyond to showcase their art.

On Friday night over 110 sponsors and artists enjoyed a private party at the ranch. The food was catered by Buffalo Gals from Colorado Springs, owned by Kathy Dreiling and Michelle Talarico.

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Pictured: New 2014 artist Joshua Been (Salida, CO) painting his Plein Air piece for the silent auction. It sold for $650.

During the sponsor party on Friday night, Executive Director Ben Lenth, stated, “There is a natural connection between the arts and land conservation: they both celebrate the beauty of our places and people and communities and cultures. Proceeds from Art for the Sangres support both San Isabel Land Protection Trust and the fine arts, enhancing our quality of life in a very special corner of Colorado.”

Plans for the 2015 art show are already underway. For more information on San Isabel Land Protection Trust and land conservation visit www.sanisabel.org or call 719.783.3018


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