Routt County Road 18C is an artistic resource. This beauty includes the Yampa River, scenes of our agricultural heritage and the high mountains. It is also quiet, with plenty of parking within the county road easement. We are here to represent the artists who draw on the accessible landscapes of the Yampa Valley for our livelihood. The value we, as artists, place on CR 18C cannot be understated.
For us, the practice of hunting and gathering for good material is almost as regulated as traditional hunting. We respect private property, and most of our artmaking is done on public lands. Public access is vital to the work we do. Conducting workshops, leading groups of visiting artists or simply practicing our field to studio work; this is all dependent upon quiet county roads such as 18C.
Routt County has been a destination for painters since the Plein Air Painters of America first hosted its National Convention here in 1998. Since then, artists from all over the country have enjoyed the friendly ways of the Yampa Valley. The economic potential in this growing movement of outdoor painting is huge, and preserving our painting locations is fundamental to the success of this type of tourism and economic growth.
County leaders, please remember your role as stewards of our priceless assets. The views we all enjoy must remain in the public domain for the richness of our arts and culture to continue to thrive.
Chula Beauregard, Kathy Cline, Rich Galusha, Joan Hoffmann, Susie Jackson, Abby Jensen, Jean Perry PAPA, Sally Rawlings, Dancy St. John, Sandra Sherrod, Jim Steinberg, Carl Steidmann , Shirley Stocks, Carl Terry, Dan Young PAPA, Gigi Walker, and Skip Whitcomb PAPA (PAPA indicates signature member of Plein Air Painters of America)