It’s 25 degrees along the Poudre River and a dozen goosedown-jacketed figures have been standing in the snow, barely moving, for the past three hours. Who would do such a thing? Why, members of the Northern Colorado Plein Air Artists, that’s who. Committed to painting the landscape in all weather—after all, “plein air,” the painting style of the French Impressionists, means painting in the “open air”—they meet every Friday throughout the year, sun, rain or snow.

Now’s the chance to see what they’ve been up to for the past year at their annual exhibit held December 5-15, upstairs in the Idea Lab at the Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins. The exhibit, which will showcase oil, pastel and watercolor paintings of 12 local plein air artists*, will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, December 5-8:00 p.m. and December 12-15, noon – 6 p.m. The show’s opening reception, when the artists will be on hand to meet the public, will take place on First Friday, December 7, 6-9:00 p.m. The artists will be offering painting demonstrations Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4:00 pm and their artwork will be available for sale throughout the two weeks.  This event is free.