June-July-August – Plein air on the Old Spanish Trail

Student & Instructor Show & Sale, Sept. 3-30. Opening Sept. 3.

L-R: Museum of the Mountain West, Ute Indian Museum, Fort Uncompahgre. (Courtesy images.)

Dates: June-July-August, summer of 2022

Time: 9am – 1 pm each session

4 Locations: Museum of the Mountain West, Fort Uncompahge, Ute Museum, Private home on old Spanish Trail.

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Description: The Museum of the Mountain West is partnering with Fort Uncompahgre and the Ute Museum this summer for a series of plein air painting & photography sessions along the Old Spanish Trail. Instructors will work with small groups offering personal attention and critiquing.

An exhibit, shared at both MMW and the Ute Museum and juried by Virginia Blackstock, follows in September. Show and sale continue all month with an opening reception hosted by the Museum of the Mountain West Saturday, September 3rd, 4-7 pm.

All three museums are located on the Old Spanish Trail and have authentic outdoor exhibits. The private home offers picturesque riverfront scenery with wildlife. Guides and docents in period dress, and the private homeowner, will offer historical information about the fascinating subjects and locations for painting and photography.

Choose your location, date, instructors for any sessions you choose. All mediums welcome. Bring  water, sunscreen, and a sack lunch if you like. (Click here for matrix of dates, locations, instructors.  This will also take you to registration page.)

Instructors. Photography: Susan Humphrey. Painting: Mike Simpson, Lewis Williams, Marco Marino, Heidi Comstock, others to be named.

Registration. $21/session.

This event is a FUNDRAISER for the museums which will split your registration evenly between them, regardless of which locations you pick. Your generous, tax-free donation for your registration is greatly appreciated. 

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Photography with Susan Sanburg Humphrey. June 7, 14, 21, 28.
Painting with Marco Marino. June 13 & 15 | July 18 & 20 | Aug. 16 & 17
Painting with oil pastels or other medium with Heidi Comstock. June 8, 22, 29.
Painting with Mike Simpson. Aug. 3, 17, 20, 24

Alice Billings painting in the barn. (Image ©K.Burke)


Music, cash bar, wagon rides, Presentation about the Old Spanish Trail by artists Mike Simpson and Lewis Williams.

ALL MONTH LONG, September 2022
SHOW AND SALE of work by Spanish Trail plein air participants and instructors.

Show alternates between Museum of theMountain West and Ute Museum.

Work for sale in gift shops of all three museums:
Ute Museum,
17253 Chipeta Dr., Montrose CO

Fort Uncompahgre Interpretive Center
40 N. Palmer St., Delta CO

Museum of the Mountain West
68169 Miami Rd., Montrose