Art, Music, & Entertainment in Ouray

[July 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage] Staff Story.

Step off Ouray’s busy summer sidewalks and slip into a tranquil pool of art, as the 59th annual Artists Alpine Holiday takes center stage at the Ouray Community Center from Aug. 1-10.

A national, juried, fine art exhibit faithfully held each summer in Ouray since 1960, AAH was founded by journalist and artist, Joyce Jorgensen, the late publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer.

The show is now sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association. It has grown in reputation and quality over the years to become one of the longest-running, best-respected, art shows in the West. Every year, up to 300 artists from the Four Corners region and the Western Slope of Colorado submit works in many different mediums ranging from sculpture to painting to photography in hopes of getting juried into the show.

This year’s Fine Arts juror is Meredith Nemirov, a celebrated Ridgway-based artist best-known for her obsession with aspen trees. Fine art landscape photographer, Jack Brauer, also of Ridgway, is this year’s Photography juror.

The Artists Alpine Holiday is open to all artists, including students. All original artwork is for sale. A portion of the funds raised through art sales and entry fees go toward the Wayne Mayfield Fine Arts Scholarship, an annual scholarship awarded to a local student planning to pursue a career in art. This year’s scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Nicole Hines from Ridgway.

The 59th Annual Artists Alpine Holiday takes place at the Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Avenue, from Aug. 1-10. Admission is free. Hours vary but generally run from 10 a.m. to 5-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.ourayarts.org.