PLAN Jeffco is excited to announce a series of events to celebrate the beauty of Jefferson County Open Space parks—
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PLAN Jeffco will be hosting the first plein air (outdoor) painting event to be held in Jeffco's Open Space parks—In Plein Sight. Scheduled for September & October 2016, events will open with an art exhibit at the Jefferson County Administration & Courts building on September 19, and will include a week of painting outdoors in 4 Open Space Parks and along the Clear Creek Trail in Golden into Clear Creek Canyon from October 4th – 8th. Twenty to thirty artists from all over the United States will be painting from dawn to dusk at various locations in the parks and the public is encouraged to come out to watch and to buy. The event will conclude at the Golden Community Center where the art created during the week will be displayed and available for purchase on October 8 & 9. There will be an invitation only VIP Reception on October 8.
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Need more info? Call John Litz at 303.237.9493
Read the Press Release (August 23, 2016)
* PLAN Jeffco is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; all contributions to PLAN Jeffco are tax-deductible. Proceeds from your sponsorship of "In Plein Sight" will help PLAN Jeffco continue its successful efforts to conserve our open space lands.
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