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Broadmoor Art Experience allows attendees to observe artists in the wild

Art in the open

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The grounds of The Broadmoor hotel get busy during the summer, when guests and locals alike take strolls along the lakefront, admiring the pond lilies and the manicured greenery. In July 2018, the Broadmoor Galleries, the fine art galleries connected to the Springs’ popular luxury hotel, invited 15 artists to these grounds for a weekend to capture the natural beauty around the hotel in an exciting, inaugural plein air painting event. The artists set up their easels and painted live, while guests peeked over their shoulders and, in many cases, bought artwork before the paint had even dried on the canvas.

But growing from 15 to 50 participating artists, from one weekend to four, the now-titled Broadmoor Art Experience has expanded immensely since the test run last year.

Krista Steed-Reyes, gallery director for the Broadmoor Galleries, says they’ve collected an intriguing and diverse spread of artists from all over the country who won’t just be painting en plein air, but also sculpting and working on more detailed studio pieces. She says some of their visiting artists have never even been to the hotel.

“It’s always fun to get some fresh blood in here,” she says. “And, you know, when you mix up the regulars and some of the out-of-towners, and then completely new folks, it’s a lot of really good positive energy, for sure.”

Hotel guests and members of the public are invited to stroll the Broadmoor grounds each weekend in July to observe the artists at work.

“We’ll have a large amount of hotel guests that’ll be here to experience the artists and the demos,” Steed-Reyes says, “and then we do have a lot of local clientele. … People from Denver and even as far as Loveland and in neighboring areas will come just so they can meet their favorite artists and watch them paint and sculpt.”

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Steed-Reyes recommends folks keep an eye out for Benjamin Wu, a participating studio artist whom she describes as “an extremely talented Chinese artist who’s very tight and detailed.” She also anticipates a crowd for Idaho-based artist Robert Moore, a painter who is both colorblind and ambidextrous.

“So he does paint with both hands at the same time,” Steed-Reyes says. “And he’s like the nicest guy, too. We sell a lot of Robert’s work in here because when you come in and you see his work, it’s very bright, colorful, happy pieces.”

See broadmoorgalleries.com for a full schedule of attending artists.

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