Art on the Avenue

Experience Old Colorado City's history and local culture through Art.

Stroll down West Colorado Avenue, Old Colorado City, just two miles west of Colorado Springs downtown area and discover a dozen diverse art galleries along with a mix of family-owned shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and inviting Bed and Breakfasts for accommodations.

Call to Entry

Old Colorado City's Art Alliance seeks professional plein air artists to participate in the September 25-27, 2009 Paint-Out juried show and sale. Download the required Call to Entry Application and registration forms from this page.


In Colorado Springs historic district, Old Colorado City’s Art Alliance group is proud to host a plein air festival in celebration of Old Colorado City’s 150th birthday and as a public benefit event to educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts.  Funds raised during this annual festival support Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado and festival production.


No more than 80 artists will be selected by jury to participate during the festival for recognition and cash awards. Artists will enjoy three days of competition painting on this picturesque historic site along the main avenue and side streets in Old Colorado City and then submit their framed competition paintings created during the festival, for exhibition, judging and sale.  Experts in the Plein Air genre will select winners and award prizes for several categories with cash awards ranging from $150 to $750. Artists will also receive 55% of the sales proceeds.


Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2009,  addressed to Nancy Stovall, Art Alliance at 2419 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904 and include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope, $40 and three high-resolution hard-copy images of your plein air work (one each of three different paintings).  You may email three jpeg files to: with your name and the words “Plein Air 2009” in the subject line of the email and follow with the check, application and bio in the mail to the above address. Artists also agree to allow the Art Alliance advertising team to use your .jpeg images for advertising this event and for brochure purposes.

Firm Deadline: June 30, 2009

Download Call to Entry form