Front Range Open Studios is proud to announce that we have survived the pandemic and will be celebrating our 10th anniversary by opening our studios to the public on the weekend of September 11-12.
An artist’s studio or studio is a sanctuary of solitude where creativity is nurtured without distraction. Here the creative mind can focus on its own personal emotional response to material, subject, and mood. Each shrine is unique as each occupant has created this space to enhance the use of tools, materials and techniques, surrounding themselves with inspiration and possibilities for future projects.
The best of art is created in solitude, for a good reason: it is only when we are alone that we can enter into ourselves and find the truth, the beauty, the soul. The sanctuary that is the artist’s studio gives us time to reflect on what we have done and learn from it. Privacy isolates one of the influences from others and helps us find our own voice.
It is a space that is rarely shared with strangers.
That will change for this particular weekend in September. Twelve studios in the area will be open to the public. These spaces are as unique as the artists who created them.
Some are small and intimate, occupying a room in a private house. Others are buildings that were created specifically to house large-scale commercial machinery, raw materials and tools. Each is the product of the creative soul who uses it. Care and attention have been taken to make the best use of the space, to offer the artist a soothing and protected environment.
One of those unique places is the Blacksmithing Studio and Gallery of Jodie Bliss. Jodie’s monumental public sculptures appear everywhere, including the UCCS University Center on Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. His workplace is in a very large building in Downtown Monument and this studio tour will be your chance to see his forge, anvil, plasma cutter, welding torches, tanks and tables and many of his smaller ones. finished works of art.
Richard Pankratz, recipient of the Pikes Peak Arts Council’s Visual Artist of the Year, will demonstrate the process of creating his bronze sculptures. He is represented by art galleries throughout the Southwest and has exhibited at the prestigious Loveland Sculpture in the Park show for 24 consecutive years.
If you want to see the artistic process from start to finish, you can visit Alpacas which provide the fiber of Barbara Ziek’s felted clothing and interior design.
The Terre Christensen workshop will demonstrate the raku pottery technique and you can see Claudia Dimidik manipulating alcohol inks on ceramic tiles.
Discover the different techniques of jewelry making and silversmithing in Frank and Ginny Maiolo’s charming workspace.
The incredible realism of oil painting is portrayed by Michael Malta, who paints still lifes, landscapes and portraits with photographic realism.
Or maybe you would like to create a work of art yourself? In my studio, the Nancy Bonig Glass Studio, you can channel your inner Chihuly and craft a piece of glass. At Mattie O’s studio, you can make paper from abaca fiber.
There will be technique demonstrations at all 12 locations throughout the weekend, and in many locations you will even have the opportunity to create your own work of art. Sign up for designs for gift certificates at local restaurants and for original artwork by some of the artists. This event is free and for the whole family.
For more information, a list of activities at each location, and a map of all studios, visit frontrangeopenstudios.com.
But this opportunity is only valid from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday September 11 and 12. After that, the studios return to challenge and nourish the soul of their creators.
Nancy Bonig is a professional glass artist living in Monument. She is the founder of Front Range Open Studios, and her kiln-worked glass can be seen at the Denver Art Museum store. Do you have an artistic event that you would like her to cover? Contact her at [email protected].