The Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners summer exhibition is on display at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores.
The exhibit is a juried event, with a "Best of Show" award to be given at the opening reception Sunday. The paintings will be for sale. Proceeds benefit both the artists and the nonprofit Canyonlands Natural History Association. The paintings will feature landscapes and features of the Four Corners area.
Plein air painting is done outdoors and on location in order to capture the true light and colors of nature, with only a few touchups done in the studio.
The artists' group regularly hosts "paint-outs" at scenic locations, and prospective members must first paint with the group at three such events before being accepted into the group.
The exhibition includes paintings created at past paint-out locations such as Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Navajo National Monument, Chaco Canyon, Ghost Ranch, McElmo Canyon and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
The Plein Air Painters was formed in 2001 by local artists who decided to meet on a regular basis to paint outdoors.
Currently, 40 members from New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona meet at scenic locations throughout the region to capture images in oils, watercolors and acrylics.
Previous exhibits have been held at Fort Lewis College, Mesa Verde National Park, San Juan College and Gateway Park in Farmington and Red Rock State Park near Gallup, N.M.
The summer exhibition will remain on display at the Heritage Center through Sept. 6.