Monument, Woodmoor, Palmer Lake and Black Forest are not only a beautiful and pastoral oasis from the bustling city, they are the inspiration and home of many of the finest artists and craftsmen in Colorado.
For the last few months you have read in this column about some of them and the techniques and inspiration they use to create their art. On the weekend of Sept. 13, and 14, sixteen of these artists and craftsmen will open their studios to the public, to share their gifts, talents, and techniques with their friends and neighbors.
Have you ever wondered, “How is that made?”
Richard Pankratz will show the step by step process of creating a bronze figure and how he mixes ceramics, glass and bronze to make heirloom quality furniture and vessels.
Watch award winning wood turner Dennis Liggett sculpt a paper thin vessel from a chunk of oak, cherry or maple.
See Jodie Bliss conquer steel and iron with a blowtorch and an anvil! Kathleen Krucoff will demonstrate how she transforms metals and gemstones into a breathtaking necklace.
At my studio you can watch the various steps in creating kilnworked glass and even create your own!
You might even be lucky enough to see a heard of buffalo next to Dan Rieple’s furniture crafting workshop!
Mediums of creative expression include oil painting, handmade paper, acrylics, jewelry and metalsmithing, fine furniture making , sculptures in bronze, iron and steel, ceramics, watercolors, kilnworked glass, scratchboard and fiber arts.
You will see how each artist and craftsman has transformed his or her working space with tools, music, books, and specialized materials into their own unique sanctuary, where they find creativity and inspiration.
And at some of the studios you will have an opportunity to create your own work of art!
This is the only studio tour in the state where every location is the actual working studio or workshop for the artists and craftsmen. All sixteen participants are fulltime professionals who will be demonstrating their process, the raw material they start with, the tools they use and the unique workspace they have created in this spectacular forested region .
This event is free to the public and for all ages! But it is only for one weekend! Maps to all locations can be found at retail stores and restaurants in Monument and Palmer Lake, or you can go to www.frontrangeopenstudios.com for more information about each artist and a downloadable map to all the studios.
Upcoming Art Events
Bella Art and Frame, Works by Mary Lou Pape, Sept. 3-27, Reception Sept. 18, 5 - 8 p.m.
Wisdom Tea House, Works by Rosie Eylens, Sheila Campbell, Sharon Oliver, September and October, Reception Sept 18, 5-8 p.m.