Stunning backdrop, venue mark Art for the Sangres

Celebrate art and nature at the 22nd annual Art for the Sangres, a fine art sale that supports vital land protection efforts in southern Colorado.

Art for the Sangres takes place in a refurbished barn at beautiful A Painted View Ranch just outside Westcliffe at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offering a stunning fall backdrop for this special event.

The 2018 edition of the show features 11 returning favorites and 10 new artists. The sale and reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Autumn's Essence by Kate Kiesler, 2018 featured artist 

Art for the Sangres is San Isabel Land Protection Trust’s largest fundraiser. Forty percent of every purchase supports San Isabel’s efforts to protect land, water, wildlife and the region’s scenic beauty.

“Our 21 talented artists capture not only the beauty of the world around us, but also its spirit,” said Larry Vickerman, president of San Isabel’s board of directors. “The connection between outward beauty and inner spirit makes art and conservation natural partners. We are moved by the intrinsic beauty of a healthy landscape, teeming with an abundance of water and wildlife, and we are moved by art that captures its strength and spirit.”

Tickets for the sale and reception are $50 before Sept. 21 and $60 at the door. They can be purchased online at or by sending a check to San Isabel Land Protection Trust, P.O. Box 124, Westcliffe, CO 81252. The public is invited to preview the art during open admission from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at A painted View Ranch, 3115 Country Road 160, Westcliffe. There is no charge for the preview. You can also learn more about the artists and vew their work at

Leading up to Art for the Sangres is Alla Prima Westcliffe, a six-day paint-from-life event that culminates in a juried show and sale at the 3rd Street Gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. The artist named best of show will receive an invitation to the 2019 Art for the Sangres. Several artists from the 2018 Art for the Sangres will be featured at the Alla Prima show. Their work also will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting San Isabel Land Protection Trust.

Registration for Alla Prima is $60. To register online and for more information, go to

Arts Hullabaloo, also on Sept. 29, showcases all things artistic with a daylong celebration of the visual, performing and musical arts, including demonstrations and special events for children.


Janet Smith

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