Royal Contemporary

Welcome to Royal Contemporary!

120 E. Main Street in Florence, Colorado

Open Thursday - Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

or call for an Appointment 303.717.1977


Royal Contemporary is committed to energizing creative diversity in the Pike’s Peak Region, by encouraging dialog about contemporary art and artists. Rotating exhibitions expose the public to all types of insightful and challenging forms of visual art, bringing nationally known artists to Main Street, Florence. The gallery opened in May 2014 to promote contemporary visual art in southern Colorado by showcasing an exciting mix of high quality works by established artists from around the country. The Gallery features original painting, sculpture, mixed media, digital photography, encaustic, ceramics, jewelry and glass.

Less than an hour southwest of Colorado Springs, Florence is a lively destination for art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. Featured Artist Exhibitions change every 7 weeks.

Now Showing

Contemporary Encaustic 2017

Fifteen contemporary artists were selected for this national juried exhibition based on their innovative approaches to traditional encaustic materials. You will see an exciting array of techniques, methods, and exploration into unexpected relationships between encaustic and a surprising variety of other media.

Please click on the Current Exhibition & Artists link above left to see the entire exhibition

Encaustic is a word that is used to describe the medium as well as the painting process. A Greek word (enkaustikos) means ‘to heat or burn in’. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk and decorate ship hulls. Encaustic painting utilizes melted bees wax, damar resin, and pigment to create a unique, rich optical effect on the surface. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. The beauty and fun of contemporary encaustic is that it is conducive to experimentation in realistic, impressionistic, abstract, and mixed media expressions.

Exhibition continues through August 27