About the Studio Tour - 2021
The 2021 Studio Tour includes 10 host artists and 5 guests. The group regularly gathers at each other's studios to plan the September event and catch up.
This is the fifth annual Studio Tour for Estes Park. Our primary objective is to share with each other and the community at large. We want to explain our process and let you touch materials and tools. We value taking the arts to the community in this personal way. We benefit personally from the collaboration and discussion amongst ourselves as well as any sales during the Tour.
Thank you to everyone who has come out, especially those of you that have purchased work or had a great conversation with the artists. This event is founded and funded by participating artists. Additional support comes from local businesses that value creativity in our community:
Self-expression, curiosity, trial-and-error, and wild delight...the creative process is so humanizing. Sponsors help make this event happen. Viva Creative Culture!
2021 Studio Tour Artists -
Guest of John Lynch
Some of Wade's style and inspiration is taken from work as a geologist and tattoo artist. He originates from Virginia, and has been back and forth between Maui and Colorado. In the last two years, he has cultivated a relationship with the national parks to create all ages coloring books. He sells the coloring books, as well as original prints and drawings.
Wade is an artist, brewer, and co-owner of Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company. “I am living and playing out my childhood dreams in real time". - Wade
180 Chalet Ridge Ct.
Chalet Ridge Ct. is just south of the intersection of Mary’s Lake Rd. and Hwy 7.
John has always been passionate about working with wood. His devotion to reclaiming fallen trees—and finding a way for Mother Nature to have a second chance to show off her beauty—led him to the lathe and woodturning. Watch John turning utilitarian bowls and decorative items in his expansive wood studio.
His stop is a cross between beauty and great tools.
Patricia Henriksen Greenberg
415 Fall River Lane
Please park on the road and walk up the driveway.
Most often my drawings are rendered in pencil on coquille paper. It has a textured surface of tiny scallops. It is very durable and forgiving. I begin with a simple contour outline and then proceed to crosshatch over the entire piece. I continue to go over the drawing in successive layers using soft and hard pencil leads as necessary. I’ve come to describe my process as pencil glazing. Time spent at the drawing table is multi-sensory. Each mark on the paper has an obvious visual impression of course, but there is a tactile sensation and an auditory one as well.
I see, feel and hear myself draw.
2930 Little Valley Rd.
I find the wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains to be a MARVEL. I can't believe they grow out of this gravel ground and shout out saturated color.
Many people know me as a ceramic artist. But, COVID left me without a clay studio. I revisited illustration, the idea of using native plants to comfort and cure. Allowing them to carry messages of gratitude, fragility, and perseverance.
I have made good use of the shut down and built a clay studio. I am excited by the summer flowers and the illustrations I am making now. I look forward to sharing both.
Guest Artist of Karen McPherson
Erin is the owner and designer of Independent Mountain Jewelry Co. She and her family live in Nederland, the rustic deep woods of the high altitude Rocky Mountains. This is where she finds her artistic and creative inspiration. Erin creates stunning pieces of jewelry and knives by taking raw materials and crafting them into pieces of personal wearable treasured art. Independent Mountain Jewelry Co. houses a unique and inspired collection of handmade one-of-a-kind treasures.
370 Whispering Pines Drive
I am new to Estes Park, got here shortly before COVID started. I come from a family of artists. I am trained as a photographer, film maker, poet and printer. It has been nearly twenty-five years since I began making 3-dimensional assemblages and 2-dimensional collages, an artistic journey that led me to abstract and text-based painting.
In my work, I favor process over planning, building up and tearing down layers of acrylic paint, exploring geometric order and chaotic energy. Most of my painting is done on plywood panels, though I also employ canvas and corrugated cardboard. My color palette ranges from black and gray monotone, to riotous primary colors and pastel shades. I love to utilize text as a visual element in my paintings and to tease the viewer with the limitations of verbal communication. My work has won awards in juried shows and has also been featured in one-person exhibitions.
Saatchi Art Gallery
694 Fish Creek Road
One half mile south of the US36 causeway. Easy access and lots of parking available.
Joe Arnold creates sacred spaces inspired by his travels to the temples of Asia and the sacred places of Europe and Mexico. His work is displayed in his Sacred Art Garden which is filled with prayer wheels and shrines for contemplation, meditation and prayer. His prayer wheels range from traditional Tibetan to contemporary secular themes. They are filled with prayer cards and then spun to send the prayers out into the world. His shrines shelter statues of saints or honor loved ones who have passed away. Several of Joe’s large scale art installations have been funded by the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
1231 Chasm Drive
Off Devils Gulch Rd. just east of Lumpy Ridge Trailhead.
Deedee Hampton is a multi-faceted mixed media artist. She works with clay, mosaics and painting. On the tour, she will have garden totems made from stackable ceramic figures and lots of ceramic goodies; vintage china mosaics done on rocks for the garden and her colorful paintings. Collectors have described her pieces as interesting, unusual and thought provoking.
When asked what inspires her Deedee replied: “Amulets & oddities, saints & sinners, miracles & magic, symbols & synchronicities inspire me along with the beautiful natural world that i am surrounded by. Trips to exotic places and the folk art that is created there also feed my creative fire. I am curious about exploring the mysteries of life and expressing my interest in them through my art work.”
Guest of Susan Anderson
As a jewelry artist, League takes cut and polished semiprecious stones and design a setting using 14k gold filled or sterling silver wire to create unique wire-wrapped pendants, bracelets and earrings. Wire is so versatile that you are not limited to set sizes, shapes, or materials. She likes to let the natural cabochon or bead govern the wrap and not let the wire overpower the stone or become the center of interest.
There are many examples of Alice's work at the Art Center of Estes Park. www.artcenterofestes.com
Leah Simmons DeCapio
Leah lives in Nederland where she and her husband work together to make pottery.
Each piece is first shaped on a potter’s wheel or by hand by Scott. Leah then paints the entire piece black and carves the designs into the clay. Each piece is an original, no stencils are used. From here, the piece goes through a series of firings (and some are adorned with metal work and handmade glass beads). Their studio is very “green” too: electricity is powered by wind and water!
All of our functional work is food-safe. We do not recommend putting them in the microwave and prefer that they be hand-washed.
Leah Simmons DeCapio has made art all of her life. She received a Studio Arts Degree (with an emphasis in Ceramics) and an Anthropology Degree from the University of Colorado.
Guest Artist of Susan Anderson
Annie resumed her interest in watercolor, photography and mixed media after moving to Estes Park. Being an avid traveler and nature lover her art reflects her passion for the colors and culture of European village life and her home in Estes Park. This is reflected in her scenes of the marketplaces, countryside and the Rocky Mountains. Her art is available in cards, matted prints, framed prints and plaque mounts. And then there are the Angels……. whimsical mixed media creations.
3340 Glacier Dr.
Karen Barnett is a painter and ceramicist drawing inspiration from the landscape, nature and animals. Her landscapes are vivid with color and spontaneous strokes. Her handmade tiles and sculptures are carved, stained and glazed, representing flora and fauna. Occasionally she delves into different materials, most recently creating leather bags.
From 36/34 drive West on Elkhorn to Old Ranger Dr. And turn left. My house is on the left at the intersection of Old Ranger and Old Man Mountain.
Amy Fox is a fiber artist and soap smith. She has a passion for fibers and threads, threads, threads! Amy's favorite tools are her five Bernina sewing machines, natural fabrics, dyes, paint, and all kinds of embellishment ephemera! She makes quilts, jackets, home goods, and many different kinds of beautiful soap!
Find us working in the studio on FB
This event was created in Estes Park by Karen McPherson. She continues to coordinate this annual event. Studio Tour artists fund the event, with additional support from our sponsors. The Tour is grateful to the Estes Arts District for their additional in-kind donation of online space.