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The Blue Sage Gallery is a professional space for local artists to showcase their talent and with regularly changing walls, visitors will always find something new. The Blue Sage Gallery strives to find unique, high quality Western Slope artists to display their work. Located in the heart of downtown Paonia, and serving as the lobby for all Blue Sage events, the Blue Sage Gallery assures artists prime exposure.

We are currently looking for new artists from Colorado’s Western Slope to feature in our gallery beginning this summer.  Please read the Submissions & Display Requirements tab for submission information.

For more information, please contact the Blue Sage manager at director@bluesage.org, or (970) 527-7243.

We look forward to meeting new Colorado artists to join the Blue Sage family!

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    The holidays have arrived and that means it's time to shop! Support the Blue Sage and local arts while saving 20% this weekend. As well as the beautiful artwork featured in our current show 'Artists of the Blue Sage', the gallery is stocked with fantastic jewelry, paper goods, quilted pieces, ceramics, bath and body goodies and a charming display of small paintings. Something for everyone! Friday, December 2nd: Join us for an evening of holiday shopping at the Blue Sage Gallery from 5-8pm. Enjoy festive drinks and nibbles while you find the perfect gifts for the special people on your...
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    A special exhibition to showcase the talents of the board members, committee members and staff of the Blue Sage. Exhibition on display November 8th through December 23rd. Opening Reception: Friday, November 11th, 5-7pm Artists & Artisans exhibiting: Susie Coombe                Becky Walton Lynn Wetherell                Carol Schott Carol Newman               Jill Knutson Spencer Lightfoot           Rhoda Yago Sam Brown                    Tara Miller Celia Roberts            ...
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    Blue Sage Curtis Hall
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    Join Citizens for a Healthy Community on Saturday, October 8th at the Blue Sage Curtis Hall as we host an art auction and wine tasting!
    Saturday the 8th
    October
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    Please join us for an opening reception featuring work by the participants in Paint Paonia 2016, a plein air competition presented by the Blue Sage Gallery. An amazing body of work was created this year, see who our judges favorites were and vote for your own for the "People's Choice Award".
    Thursday the 22nd
    September
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    Featuring works by the 2016 participants in the Paint Paonia plein air painting competition. Gallery hours: 12-5 Tuesday through Thursday Participating Artists: Dana Bradley                                  Kathryn Hiney Susan Jochum                                H. Cedar Keshet Jill Knutson                                     Shannon Richardson Jen Sanborn                            ...
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    Painting Day for the 2016 Paint Paonia plein air competition.
    Saturday the 17th
    September
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    Susan Stanton's expressive work emerges intuitively through playful experimental processes. "Fields of Play" presents a variety of techniques & mediums created to inspire the viewers delight & curiosity. As Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Collage Society & National Collage Society's Regional Representative Susan enjoys inspiring others in their creative journey. She relishes nature, harvesting found objects & has been known to dumpster dive! Come & enjoy! opening reception Friday, July 29th 5-7pm "Fields of Play will be on display July 26th through September 17th.
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      Rolling into town is a truck carrying a load never-before-seen: an over-scaled folded boat, like the one we once made as children, only this one is large enough to fit several adults inside. At the town center the truck comes to a stop, its unusual cargo is a natural ice-breaker, begging for questions, comments, picture taking: “What is it? Why are you here? Where are you from? Where are you going?” “This is a boat, it can float on water, I folded it from a huge piece of burlap and coated it with marine epoxy to make it rigid...
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    Celebrating the significance of the North Fork Valley, Blue Sage Center for the Arts presents Paint Paonia 2016. Paint Paonia is an annual plein air competition welcoming painters from across the Western Slope of Colorado. Painting will take place on September 17, 2016. Artists will have from 7am to 7pm and a radius of two miles from the Blue Sage in which to create an original work depicting the beauty and uniqueness that is Paonia. An exhibition of the works created will be on display and available for purchase at the Blue Sage Gallery September 20th through November 4th. With...
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    The Rocky Mountain Regatta at Azura Cellars is an annual benefit gala for the Blue Sage general operating fund and concert series. Featuring fine Colorado wine, model sail-boat races, luxury vacation packages, and plenty of fine food and fun, the Regatta is a simple, elegant, and playful way to support the Blue Sage.
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    June
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    See new paintings by artist Jen Sanborn. On display in the gallery from June 15th through July 23rd. Jen’s work is primarily large scale oil paintings of life in the North Fork Valley. A few small bird paintings fly out from time to time as well. As a dairy and egg farmer, her inspiration comes from simple moments spent outside working. Light, Life and Grace catch her eye and become her paintings. Join us for an opening reception on June 24th, 5-7pm.
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    The Marriage of Randomness and Consciousness in Art showcases a trinity of talents by local artist Brewster Hanson - a wood kiln junkie, accidental photographer and scrappy cut-and-paste painter who reshapes the unforeseen into art forms that inspire. This spring Brewster offers Paonia’s Blue Sage Gallery all three of his thought provoking mediums reflecting the random beauty that erupts from chaos. Hewn from the unpredictable, perhaps more of a fireman than a potter, Brewster creates one of a kind ceramic pieces that are unique in character. His stoneware pottery captures a “wood fired look” that often echoes museum treasures dug...
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    Find the perfect gift for all the special Moms in your life. Blue Sage Gallery presents a "Mother's Day Pop-up Shop" from April 26th thru April 30th. Locally made items including ceramics, jewelry, handcrafted soaps, unique cards and more. Join us on Saturday April 30th between 11 and 1pm for "Tea & Trunk Shows" featuring local artists, refreshments and a 15% discount for current Blue Sage members. (Discount available on Saturday April 30th only.) Trunk Show artists include: Bead*Dazzled by Tensi Lyra Gemstone Jewelry by Ildi Ingraham Rainbow & Grey jewelry by Spencer Lightfoot
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    See the world through the eyes of the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association artists. This group exhibition will feature multiple artists and media. Join us for the opening reception on February 5th at 5:00pm. On display through March 14th. Show extended through March 19th.
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    Finish your holiday shopping at the Blue Sage! Special evening hours on December 19th, with current members receiving a 20% discount on all items in the Gift Galleria. Discount is available only during the event (5:30-9:00p.m.) and membership must be current. It's a perfect time to renew your membership, find beautiful gifts and take advantage of great savings.
    Saturday the 19th
    December
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    Hey artists! Do you have some works you want to sell for the Holidays? The Blue Sage is opening the gallery to regional crafters and artisans for the holidays.This is the perfect opportunity to get your 2D or 3D specially made hand crafted works available for gifts. Celebrate the holiday season and support our local arts community by submitting to our Gift Galleria. Doors for the gift shop will be open from November 3rd until Christmas Eve. We will be accepting your submissions from October 27th through November 2nd during gallery hours. This is a juried event and you must be a Blue Sage member to sell...
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    12 local and regional photographers took the challenge to capture the essence of Paonia in 24 hours. See the works they created in this group exhibition at the opening on September 24th from 5-7 PM before the Harvest of Voices. You can also view the works at the Art Walk on Friday the 25th and through October 26th. Picture Paonia is a judged contest and a FUNdraiser for the Blue Sage.  
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    Do you have what it takes to capture essence of our quirky town in a single photo? Show off your skills at this uniquely Paonia photography contest!
    Saturday the 12th
    September
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    Come decorate your bike for the Gears and Beers Parade! The Blue Sage and the Paonia Library will be decorating bikes at Town Park. Come over between 4:00 & 5:00 and a team of artists will help you bling your bike.
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    December
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    Zimbabwean SCULPTOR Ellard Alfred will be presenting his figures of FOUND ART at The Blue Sage on Saturday, November 22 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On display will be over 25 pieces of original works. This will be an evening of African food, wine and music. Ellard’s work shows well in both gardens and homes.
    Saturday the 22nd
    November
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    Paint Paonia is a plein air painting show that coincides with Paonia's annual Mountain Harvest Festival, September 25-28. The Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from all over Colorado and beyond. Local hotels and B&B's are always fully booked for this event. Participating artists are guaranteed a large audience to view and buy their paintings during the Harvest Fest. Participants spend one day (12 hour period) capturing a piece of Paonia within a one mile radius of the Blue Sage. “Peoples' Choice” monetary ribbons will be awarded by gallery visitors and the top three artists will share $500 awarded by our Judge. Winning pieces will be auctioned off during intermission at Harvest of Voices on Thursday, September 25.
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    Blue Sage Gallery & Boutique
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    Paint Paonia is a plein air painting show that coincides with Paonia's annual Mountain Harvest Festival, September 25-28. The Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from all over Colorado and beyond. Local hotels and B&B's are always fully booked for this event. Participating artists are guaranteed a large audience to view and buy their paintings during the Harvest Fest. Participants spend one day (12 hour period) capturing a piece of Paonia within a one mile radius of the Blue Sage. “Peoples' Choice” monetary ribbons will be awarded by gallery visitors and the top three artists will share $500 awarded by our Judge. Winning pieces will be auctioned off during intermission at Harvest of Voices on Thursday, September 25.
    Saturday the 20th
    September
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    North Fork Valley artists are invited to submit original work for a group show exploring the medium of pastel. The art will be juried, and selected work will be hung in the Blue Sage Gallery from July 25 through August 22. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 25 and all selected artists are requested to attend. To enter, deliver your original work to the Blue Sage Gallery by the submission deadline, along with a completed Submission Form.
    Friday the 18th
    July
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    A group show featuring work by members of the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association.
    Friday the 27th
    June

Submission Policy
We accept electronic submissions only via email or mailed on CD. Submissions are reviewed every two months. We do not accept artwork dropped off or delivered to the gallery. Artists must be residents of the Western Slope to be considered for acceptance to the gallery.

Please include the following in your submission:
• Up to 10 JPEG images (Include dimensions, medium and date of works)
• Current price list
• Bio and statement about your work and process
• Website address
• Contact info

Emailed submissions should be sent to gallery@bluesage.org.

For CD submissions please include a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope if you would like it returned and mail to:
Blue Sage Center for the Arts
Attn: Gallery Director
P.O. Box 700
Paonia, CO 81428

Acceptable mediums include:

  • 2-D work including painting, printmaking and photography
  • 3-D work including glass, wood, bronze, metal, ceramics, fiber art and mixed media
  • Jewelry and textiles
  • Any other medium (i.e.: perishables) should be discussed with Gallery Director in advance.

All art must be display ready:

  • 2-D work must be appropriately framed or intentionally unframed on stretcher bars, pieces must be appropriately wired (no sawtooth hangers). Artwork requiring wall reinforcement or attachment by anything other than standard gallery hangers should be discussed with Gallery Director in advance.
  • 3-D work requiring a pedestal, specific floor location or wall attachment should be discussed with staff in advance. Blue Sage can provide a limited number of white pedestals or artist may supply their own neutral display.
  • Bin art (i.e. photos or prints) must be mat backed and individually wrapped in cellophane
  • All artwork must be individually labeled on the back, underside or other appropriate place (if possible) with the artists’ name, inventory number, title, and retail price.

Blue Sage reserves the right to display the art in the manner and in the location best suited for the overall exhibit, to not display all artwork due to space limitations, or to remove a work from display for any reason.

Screening:

All submissions will be selected for display and sale in the Gallery based upon the following criteria:

  • Craftsmanship must be of high quality materials, presentation, framing, sale-ability and artistic expression.
  • Appropriateness of subject matter for general audiences.

Artist responsibility:

  • Artist is responsible to read, initial and sign gallery contract.
  • Delivery and pickup of artwork in a timely manner is the responsibility of the artist. If artist is not present at the designated time to pick up artwork after an exhibit, his artwork will be removed from the Gallery and stored by the Blue Sage at the artist’s expense.

Financial Details:

  • The Blue Sage charges a commission on all artwork sold. Commission to the Blue Sage is 40%, with artist receiving 60%, calculated before sales taxes.
  • Artist’s checks will be issued within two weeks after the close of the exhibition.