About the Studio Tour
Image: Time Flies, one in a series of idioms sculpted by Studio Tour artist Deedee Hampton.
This is the third annual Studio Tour for Estes Park. Our primary objective is to share and educate about our materials and methods. Thank you to everyone who has come out, especially those of you that have purchased work or had a great conversation with the host artists. This event is founded and funded by participating artists. Additional support comes from local businesses that value creativity in our community:
2019 Studio Tour Artists
#1 Wade Johnston
1054 Lexington Ln.
Easy approach off Hwy 7 onto Lexington Ln. (across from Golf Course); street parking available.
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
#2 John Lynch
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
#2 Guest Artist at John Lynch's Studio
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.
#3 Karen McPherson
At the Studio of Susan Anderson, another ceramic artist.
3495 St. Francis Way
Near St. Francis of Assisi Church in Little Valley
Karen makes coil and slab-built ceramics inspired by the landscape of the Rocky Mountains. They are quick, intuitive and playful; their surfaces can be rough and jagged or worn slick like a weathered rock. Her material is gritty clay.
She has been making a series of wall tiles. They are bricks, chunks of earth— they have been ripped apart. Her favorite tool is a wire for cutting off chunks.
#4 Monte Michener
2158 Uplands Circle
2 mile south of the US36 causeway off Fish Creek.
Monte was raised on a horse farm in rural Minnesota. His love of equines inspires his life-size sculptures and wall hanging busts, all constructed primarily from driftwood and found objects. His work expands into other animals of the west including deer, bear, elk and buffalo. Monte design/builds one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and creates boldly colored abstract paintings.
#5 Nicole Rische
1160 Lakeshore Drive
Nicole paints scenes from Rocky Mountain National Park on silk using dyes, inks and a variety of resists. She paints on silk because of the unique effects that can be created with light and color and the way it plays on fabric. She has also loved teaching art at the Estes Park schools since 2001.
#6 Joe Arnold
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.
#7 Deedee Hampton
1231 Chasm Drive
Off Devils Gulch Rd. just east of Lumpy Ridge Trailhead.
Deedee Hampton is a mixed media artist expressing herself through paintings, totems, and metal embossed idioms. Hampton is a storyteller and cultural commentator. She loves humor, irony and beauty. Some of her work is very personal, but much of it is a launching pad for conversations about contemporary culture and life’s shared experiences. Her magical Dreamscape Paintings allow bold symbolic images to surface, telling stories about the inner landscape and her Vintage Postcard Series Paintings tell stories inspired by the postcards. Her illustrated idioms (such as we are all in the same boat, fork in the road and put your money where your mouth is!) are created in the style of Mexican folk-art shrines; they are multifaceted constructs of embossed metal and objects that fit the theme. Her home is a veritable folk-art museum from her travels throughout Central American and Asia.
Leah Simmons DeCapio
#7 Guest Artist at Deedee Hampton's Studio
Leah lives in Nederland where she and her husband work together to make pottery. She uses a white clay, covers it in black slip and carves in designs. Her black and white graphics are often set off with bright colors on the interior of her pots. She had a home and studio in Glen Haven until her her family was forced to relocate after the flood.