20th Art for the Sangres nets $70,000


The 20th annual Art for the Sangres proved one for the record books, tallying nearly $170,000 in fine art sales Sept. 23 and 24.




About 350 people attended the two-day event at A Painted View Ranch. About 125 more attended the free open admission before the start of the Sept. 24 reception and sale.

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 about $140,000 in artwork.

The show, chaired by valley resident Dianne Whalen, was the product of dozens of volunteers and donors, who worked throughout the year to stage the event. Special thanks go to Donna and Ralph Hood and their crew at A Painted View Ranch, the show’s presenting sponsor.

“We are absolutely thrilled by the turnout and attention attracted by this year’s Art for the Sangres,” said Larry Vickerman, San Isabel’s board president. “The success of this year’s event is testament to the community and a boost to the public’s awareness of the importance of land and water conservation in this very special corner of Colorado. The revenue from this event is critical to helping fulfill our mission in this time of rapid land use change across the state.”

Work already has begun for the 2017 Art for the Sangres show to be held Sept. 29 and 30.

Photo Copyright 2016 Greg Smith, imediasmith.com

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