Forest Service promotes the arts and the national Christmas tree with Aug. 18 event in Aspen
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — For Colorado landscape painters, there’s not much that’s more pleasant than a day spent in fresh air, rendering a stunning Rocky Mountain scene.
Add to that the potential to win a cash prize and to help publicize that this year’s national Christmas tree will come from Colorado, and you have the makings of a great event, with the White River National Forest sponsoring a day-long paint-out session at five scenic spots in the Aspen area.
The Aug. 18 art festival features a total of $4,000 in cash prizes and a chance to win a spot at the prestigious Denver Plein Air Arts Festival.
In addition to the art competition, the Forest Service is also hosting a family event on the grounds of the Aspen Art Museum. As part of the continued celebration of art and the outdoors, children and families can take part in a day of art making, musical performances, educational sessions and much more.
Artists will have five scenic locations in which to paint: Ajax Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, Maroon Bells, Independence Pass, and the Aspen Art Museum Grounds.
The $30 competition registration fee includes a coupon code for entry to the “Into the Woods – The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Juried Art Exhibition” and gondola rides to select locations.
The paint-out session runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other events are open and free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For more information on the paint-out event, please see www.capitolchristmastree2012.com.