Art sale benefits land conservation

This sculpture by J.G. Moore will be among the many artwork selections at Art for the Sangres Sept. 29. (Photos courtesy San Isabel Land Protection Trust)

Artists and buyers from all over the Southwest will be helping paint a brighter future for the Southern Colorado landscape at the 16th Annual Art for the Sangres Sept.29.

Regarded by many artists as one of the best art sales and exhibitions in Colorado, the event will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Historic Pines Ranch located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Westcliffe.

Art for the Sangres showcases the work of regional artists, accompanied by wine and hors d’oeuvres in a picturesque fall setting.

The event will feature five new artists this year, including sculptor J.G. Moore and pyrography specialist Julie Bender. Local favorites Sarah Woods and Shane Dimmick also will be returning, joined this year by Lorie Merfeld-Batson.

One-third of proceeds received during the art sale benefit the San Isabel Land Protection Trust. Art for the Sangres typically raises between $30,000 and $50,000 for the land trust’s operating budget, allowing the trust to fund critical conservation projects.

Tickets are $50 per person, and may be purchased by visiting: or by calling 719-783-3018.

Those who are unable to attend the event but wish to bid on art can visit the Art for the Sangres online catalog at:

Pyrography artist Julie Bender will have her works for sale at Art for the Sangres.

Founded in 1995, San Isabel Land Protection Trust (SILPT) is a 501(c)3 non-profit accredited land trust that protects ranch, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitat, scenic views for public enjoyment, and historic resources throughout Custer, Fremont, Pueblo, and Huerfano Counties.

To learn more about SILPT please visit:

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