Art for the Sangres celebrates, supports conservation


Art for the Sangres enters its third decade of showcasing remarkable art for a vital cause – helping to protect land, water and wildlife while there is still time.

The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at A Painted View Ranch just outside 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 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.

Tickets for the sale and reception are $50 before Sept. 22 and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at 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.

Sponsorships also are available at

Artwork is available for sale throughout the reception on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no bidding and no waiting to purchase artwork.

Forty percent of every purchase supports San Isabel and its efforts to protect land, water, wildlife and the region’s scenic beauty. In 2016, Art for the Sangres sold more than $167,000 in artwork.

For more information, call 719.783.3018 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Janet Smith

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We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.