Artists from New York to California to showcase art San Isabel's event

A team of artists from across the country and beyond will help paint a brighter future for land conservation this Saturday during the 19th Annual Art for the Sangres at A Painted View Ranch near Westcliffe.



Westcliffe plein air specialist Lorie Merfeld-Batson is the 2015 Featured Artist.

Artists from all over the U.S., including California and New York, and even as far away as New Zealand, will be joining San Isabel Land Protection Trust for its largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds help fund important land conservation efforts in Southern Colorado.

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A special display of 'The Last Cattle Drive" by Gray Villet will be shown at Art for the Sangres

Twenty-four artists will be displaying their fine art including oil paintings, pastels, bronze and ceramic sculpture, photographs, forged-iron outdoor art, textiles and more. The show welcomes six new artists this year including the late Gray Villet, a well-known LIFE magazine photographer who will be represented by wife Barbara Villet. Other notable returning artists are Joshua Tobey, Adele Earnshaw, and Westcliffe locals, Sarah Woods and Shane Dimmick.

“We are thrilled with the variety and selection of art that will be available for our patrons,” said Dianne Whalen, Chairperson of Art for the Sangres and long-time volunteer with San Isabel Land Protection Trust. “Our art-selection committee continues to work year-round to bring some of the finest art to our show. Ticket sales and sponsorships are up and I feel hopeful that this will be a great year for our land trust and community.”

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Joshua Been (Salida, CO) will be returning to the 2015 show. Keep a lookout for artists around the Valley this weekend painting plein air pieces for their silent auction submissions.

The Saturday reception is a fixed-price lottery. Patrons have an opportunity to bid on artwork for the chance to win. Forty percent of every purchase supports San Isabel Land Protection Trust and its efforts to protect land, water, wildlife and the scenic beauty in the Wet Mountain Valley and beyond. In 2014, $135,000 in artwork was sold at Art for the Sangres, raising about $54,000 for conservation efforts.

The public is invited to preview the art during open admission from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. There is no admission charge. The paid reception begins at 4 p.m. and includes a wine bar and food catered by the Buffalo Gals. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the door.

Buy Tickets – $50 each


Kristie Nackord

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