Stories, Travel Ideas and Visitor Information for Your Next Trip to Buena Vista, Colorado

Touring Buena Vista By Paintbrush

Rock Run Gallery in South Main

If you take your time exploring Buena Vista, Colorado, you may find your way down to the South Main Neighborhood on the banks of the Arkansas River.  Among other wonderful establishments there, you will find the Rock Run Gallery.
In the gallery, owners Nora and Preston Larimer represent 25+ artists, many of whom are from Colorado.Nora is known nationwide for her colorful watercolors and holds outdoor watercolor workshops in June and September.  The June session just wrapped up and was a great success.  Here are some highlights:The first day found the painters exploring a local family ranch that for interesting mountain views as well as typical farmhouse scenery with trucks, flowers, cows, and tractors.  They found a number of interesting locales to work with.
Farm Truck in Field
Cottonwood Creek is a tranquil place to find inspiration
Later, the class spent the day sketching and painting in the shade of the Cottonwoods in the reserve at Cottonwood Creek.

A signature day, the class convened  on a bridge by the Arkansas River to focus on improving their watercolor technique.  Nora’s work ‘Arkansas River’, a watercolor painted from the same bridge looking south over the river.

Students on painting  the Bridge over the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, CO

Arkansas River - a Watercolor by Nora Bushong Larimer
Taking time on your next trip to visit with your muse and create is really one of the very best ways to unwind while getting to know a new place more intimately.  Even if you’ve been to Buena Vista every summer for twenty years, the new insights gained from sitting in one spot to capture a moment in time out in the sun and mountain air… well… can’t you just taste it?
The workshops are always a hit and sell out early – Reserve your spot at Rock Run Gallery today!
This post comes to you courtesy of Rock Run Gallery – Fine Art, Fine Craft. Visit them online at or follow this map to their Gallery at 902 South Main Street in Buena Vista, Colorado.