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Karen and her work was seen at these events:

Shows  in 2008 included: Settlers West American Miniatures Show, Tucson, AZ; the C.M. Russell Show and Auction,   Denver; the Buffalo Bill Cody Show and Auction, in Cody, WY;  Hilligoss Gallery Invitational, Chicago, IL; The Bradford Brinton Museum's Invitational” Big Horn, WY;  American Art in Miniature - Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK;  Le Jeune Salon, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO and the American Women Artists Show at Gallery Gabrie, Pasadena, CA.

Previous Events

In recent years, she has gained notoriety in the National Art scene, with participation and winning awards in these venues:  Best of Show, Publishers Choice Award from the Editor of Plein Air Magazine and People's Choice Award,  from the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Show;  Juror's Honorable Mention and People's Choice Award at the  Buffalo Bill Cody Show and Auction in Cody, Wyoming, People's Choice-Best Painting at the C.M. Russell Show, in Great Falls Montana, and  Best of Show - Nomades Del Arte, Santa Fe, NM.  


Vance is a Member of the National Art Club, California Art Club, a  Signature Member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, Emeritus Signature Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and Master Signature Member of American Women Artists.  Yosemite National Park has also awarded Karen with a residency and exhibit for the year 2007-2008. Karen's painting, "Winter in the North Platt River Valley" was chosen in Spring of 2008 for part of The University of Denver's permanent collection.


She was featured in Southwest Art Magazine: "A Natural Calling" by Norman Kolpas, February 2005; Art of the West Magazine:  Karen Vance: "A Sense of Intimacy" - 2006 January/February; and Inform Art Magazine has featured her work on the cover of the 2006/2007 Winter issue with an article by editor Peggy Kinstler.  Also the book, Enchanted Isle: The History of Plein Art Painting on Santa Catalina Island, available through Art of the West Magazine.  


A newly released book,  Landscapes of Colorado – Mountains and Plains, under the curatorship of Ann Daley, Curator of American Art - Denver Art Museum, and Michael Paglia, Art Critic of Westword, and featuring Karen's paintings in the book and on it's front cover.

The Colorado Governor's Invitational
Art Show and Sale

Held April 28th - June 5th, 2001  
Loveland Art Museum
Loveland, Colorado

"Origins of Spring"
an original oil painting ~ image: 24" x 26"

All of Karen's paintings sold out in the first Round at the Governor's Invitational Show Gala on Saturday night, and she won the prestigious "Collector's Choice Award". for her painting titled, "Origins of Spring".  She received a beautiful engraved walnut and bronze plaque commemorating the award, and a $3000. check from Redi-Mix of Loveland, one of the Rotary Club Sponsors.  The award winning painting will adorn the cover of next year's catalog and limited edition giclée prints will be available of the piece at the Loveland Museum.

Held Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 29, 2001
 From the Anniversary Collection:

"Passing Summer Storm Over the Flat Top Mountains"
an original oil painting ~ image: 22" x 28" ~ Value: $3700.

33rd Annual C. M. Russell Auction and Show

Held March 21st - 24th 2001
Gallery # 242 Heritage Inn
Great Falls, Montana

UPDATE: C. M. Russell Auction
     Karen, once again won the 3rd place award for her exhibit at the C. M. Russell Show in Great Falls Montana.
     "Before she placed her first painting up for display Wednesday evening, Karen Vance had art collectors stopping by her exhibition room hoping to snag her work before the next eager buyer.
     By Sunday, the Colorado painter had sold all but a few small paintings.  "I wish I would have had more paintings to sell," she said.  "I think I could have sold even more."
     The popularity of Vance's oil and watercolor mountain-and-wildflower landscapes was somewhat of an anomaly.  Many of the artists and gallery owners displaying work in the Heritage Inn as a part of this week's Western art show were disappointed with sales.
     Collector's seemed more cautious than in previous record selling years.
     Steve Zabel, owner of Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, has had an exhibit room for the past 10 auctions.  "This year there were fewer people at the show, ... and sales were slower than in the past.  I think if it's a really good painting, people were willing to pay for it." he said."  - The Great Falls Tribune

Karen was featured in "Artists to Watch" in the March 2001 issue of SouthWest Art Magazine

The RCVFD Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction

"Looking Across the Great Divide"
(from Trail Ridge Road)

Impressions of New England - Juried Show

"Cut Hay Fields

Karen Vance was a featured artist at the
Denver Center of Performing Arts Gala:
"Saturday Night Alive"

Karen's 12" x 24" oil painting titled "Spring Morning in the High Country" was bought for $3000.
by  Sharon Magnus of Englewood, Colorado. 

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