Monuments and Canyons Painting Event

2022 Monuments and Canyons Painting Event

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Pristine Viewpoint, Independence Rock, by 2020 M&C artist Laura Gable

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The 2021 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational September 26th through October 3rd Wrap Up.

The Colorado National Monument Association invited 22 local, regional, and nationally known artists to paint in and around Colorado National Monument during the week of September 26th – October 3rd. This year's event was our 2nd highest grossing in the show's history. The first year being 2019 before COVID-19. We were thrilled to get back to exhibiting and meeting in person. Below are the award results as well as photos from the event itself.

This year the event will be followed by a month-long exhibit in March, 2022.  The artists will be invited back to exhibit studio pieces inspired from their time here in the Fall.  The Colorado National Monument Association is happy to partner with the Grand Junction Art Center which will host the show in March. More information to come soon!

2021 AWARDS, given by judge Lanny Grant:

1st Place Award Sponsored by Family Health West

Subtle Sentinel Sunrise- by Kari Ganoung Ruiz

2nd Place Award Sponsored by Quick Temps, LLC

A Complement of Autumn- by Susie Hyer

3rd Place Award Sponsored by Lithic Bookstore and Gallery

Forever Friends- by Chris Kolupski

Honorable Mentions:

The Ascent- by Dan Logé

Island Morning- by Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Morning's Monuments- by Susie Hyer

When it Happens- by Chris Kolupski

More images from the amazing week. All photos taken by Christine Gearhart.

Artist Jason McCullough

Artist John Phillips

Artist Monica Esposito

Lanny Grant Judges the Show

People's Choice Award- Artist John Phillips

Artists' Choice Award- Artist Kari Ganoung Ruiz

2021 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational Artists:

Lorie Merfeld-Batson 

Westcliffe, CO

Susie Hyer

Evergreen, CO

Don Miskin 

Logan, UT 

Laura Gable 

Kennewick, WA 

Betsy Menand 

Ohio City, CO

Monica Esposito 

Whitewater, CO

Marko Marino 

Cedaredge, CO

John Phillips 

Grand Junction, CO

Chris Kolupski  

Rochester, NY

Loren Eakins 

Grand Junction, CO

Charlotte Quist 

Dillon, MT

Philip Alexander Carlton 

Fruita, CO

Dan Loge 

Gand Junction, CO

Maggie Cook 

Grand Junction, CO

Anita Winter 

Centennial, CO

Scott Geary

Santa Fe, NM

Susan Mayfield 

Salida, CO

Kari Ganoung Ruiz 

Interlaken, NY

Jason McCullough 

Wheat Ridge CO

Charles Morris 

Grand Junction, CO

Denise Gilroy 

Naples, ID