Follow Cow Creek – New Oil Painting at National Parks Art Show

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Did you know that our National Parks are now 100 years old?  The Cultural Arts Center of Estes Park is celebrating with a national parks art show “National Treasures: Art Celebrating the National Park System” through the month of July.

I’m happy to announce that my newest oil painting, “Follow Cow Creek” has been accepted into the show.

Follow Cow Creek, oil on canvas, 16x20 © Nelia Harper
Follow Cow Creek, oil on canvas, 16×20 © Nelia Harper
National Treasures: Art Celebrating the National Park System

Opening Reception July 1st 5-8 pm

Show dates – July 1-31

Cultural Arts Center

423 W. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, CO

Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 pm

For more information on the show or the painting “Follow Cow Creek”, please contact the

Cultural Arts Center Fine Art Gallery at (970) 586-9203

“Follow Cow Creek”

While warm days were quickly spreading along the Front Range, spring had yet to arrive in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The temperatures hovered just above freezing, though little snow appeared on the ground.  We ventured up the trail, through stands of dormant aspen trees, twisted and shaped by years of wind.  We passed over creeks filled with water, and stopped to watch a herd of deer graze.

Our reward at the end of the trail was the rushing flow of Bridal Veil Falls.  The willows were turning the slightest shade of purple as their stems filled, preparing to create new leaves.  Still, weeks would pass before the first leaf unfurled.  Clouds began to build over the high peaks and we turned back to the trailhead.

As we turned east, sunshine filled the meadow and sparkled up and down Cow Creek.  We followed the shimmer and promise of spring and greenery as we followed Cow Creek back to the car.

If you are in the Estes Park area during the month of July,

be sure to stop by to see the show.

If you would like to purchase this painting, please contact the Cultural Arts Center at

(970) 586-9203

What do you think?