|Art for the Sangres enters its third decade of showcasing remarkable art for a vital cause – helping to protect land, water and wildlife.
The event will be Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at A Painted View Ranch, located west of Westcliffe.
The fine art show and reception is San Isabel Land Protect Trust’s largest fundraiser. The land trust has protected more than 40,000 acres of working ranches, agricultural and forest lands, water resources, wildlife habitat and scenic open spaces throughout southern Colorado.
“Art for the Sangres brings the community together to celebrate our love of the land while enjoying fine art and great food,” said Larry Vickerman, president of San Isabel’s board of directors. “Art and natural beauty go hand in hand, and nowhere is that more evident than at this very special event.”
This year’s show features 19 returning favorites and five new artists. Artwork includes oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil drawing, photography, bronze and ceramic sculptures, forged-iron outdoor art and woodturning.
The 2017 featured artist is Sarah Woods of rural Westcliffe. Her love of wildlife and the Western landscape is evident in her work. Her oil paintings share strong, realistic color and crisp, dynamic lighting, which she attributes to her life at high altitude.
Other local artists in the show are Shane Dimmick and Greg Smith.
Tickets for the sale and reception are $50 before Sept. 22 and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at artforthesangres.com. The public is invited to preview the art during open admission from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 30. There is no charge for the preview.
Forty percent of every purchase supports San Isabel and its efforts to protect land, water, wildlife and the region’s scenic beauty. In 2015, Art for the Sangres sold more than $130,000 in artwork.
San Isabel Land Protection Trust is a nationally accredited nonprofit conservation organization, working with landowners to protect their land and water in Custer, Fremont, Pueblo and Huerfano counties. Its mission is to ensure that the region remains a beautiful and wild landscape with a strong agricultural foundation and a vibrant, healthy community. To become a member or to learn more, visit sanisabel.org.