Top winners at Telluride

Alley Color by Jill Carver (oil, 12×16)

Once an 1800’s mining town and now a popular ski resort, Telluride, CO, is fast gaining a reputation among landscape artists and collectors as home to a superb plein-air show. Earlier this month, the sixth annual Telluride Plein Air festival unfolded in this charming mountain town—one dotted with pastel-colored Victorian homes and gardens brimming with flowers. Set against the majestic San Juan Mountains, the outdoor exhibit features a select group of about 30 artists every year.

This year three of the top winners were painters who’ve been featured as an Artist to Watch in Southwest Art. Texas painter Jill Carver took home first prize (her Alley Color is above), and Northern California artist Lana Rak won the quick draw contest. Douglas Morgan, also from Northern California, received the Southwest Art award of excellence for his body of work, including The Fourth (at right). Doug reports that he sold 16 paintings at the show! Is the economy starting to slowly turn around? New home sales jumped 11 percent in June… and new homes need art.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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