The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour

Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 2015, 11am-5pm


Gilpin County Colorado: The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour will happen Saturday and Sunday September 19-20, 2015, 11am-5pm, with a Meet the Artists Preview Night on Thursday September 10th at the Gilpin County Library, 15131 CO-119, Black Hawk, CO 80422, from 6 to 7:30pm. The Gilpin Art Studio Tour is organized by local artists to foster an appreciation of the arts in Gilpin County that coincides with the fall aspen viewing. Enjoy your day in the high country meeting the artists and craftspeople who exhibit their art, demonstrate their craft and offer work for sale.

This is the 4th and most exciting year to date. There are more artists participating than in previous years with a wider array of styles, including painters, photographers, mosaic and collage artists, ceramic artists, sculptors in multiple media, fiber and glass.

The Gilpin Clay Studio is a teaching studio housed in the Gilpin Rec Center where staff and students make a variety of functional and decorative clay work. Make sure to pick up a class schedule and visit the sculpture garden at this stop! The Gilpin Arts Association is housed in Washington Hall; a National Historic Site built in 1862 across from the historic Central City Opera House. The history, architecture and art are something not to miss. The Central City Visitors Center Gallery is a showcase gallery for the Gilpin Arts Association and is just down the street from Washington Hall.

The Gilpin County Library Art Salon will only be open on Saturday for the tour, but you can see samples of each artist’s work during normal business hours starting on September 9th and continuing to the end of the month.

Meet the Artists Night will be held at the Library on Thursday September 10th from 6 to 7:30p with live music and refreshments. This event is a great opportunity to preview samples of the work seen on the tour and meet many of the artists as well.

The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour is a free, family friendly event that has something of interest for everyone! Come support the artists, view the aspens at their peak and see the beauty of the high country. Artists’ studios will be marked by signs along the tour route in and around Gilpin County, directing you to each stop. Like us on Facebook for the latest updates. Maps are available at our sponsors, artists and many other locations in Gilpin County, or visit www. for full maps, samples of each artists work, descriptions and more information.

The tour is pleased to welcome 5 new artists this year. Mimi Ritter makes primitive wool hooked rugs and penny rugs. Walter Perryman is a sculptor who has been carving since he got his first pocket knife as a boy. Les Barstow is a photographer inspired by nature who says photography ‘opens a window to the Divine…full of inspiration and wonder’.

Donna Miller creates a world of magical and strange beasts in her watercolor and has been a fan of fantasy art since childhood. Mary Bell, owner of Mountain Goat Gallery, has been working with glass for over 28 years and specializes in large glass wall murals. She is also a silversmith and has designed jewelry for over 15 years.

The tour is also proud to welcome back veteran artists. Violet Aandres’ Watercolor and Collage is often inspired by her amazing garden at the northern most tip of the tour. She paints Colorado scenes and wildlife. Gabrielle Gewirtz has been working in clay on and off for over 20 years and when she isn’t doing clay she is making music. Her wheel thrown and hand built ceramic work has harmony and texture, color and fluidity, much like her music.

David Serrano creates landscapes of the subconscious mind in his surrealistic oil paintings. While his paintings won’t be for sale on this tour, he invites you to come and have fun getting lost in the paintings. Julie Ikler is a long time resident of Gilpin whose work is a form of mosaic called “Pique Asiette”, which translates to ‘broken plates’. Her mosaics are made with found objects that fit together like puzzle pieces.

Bambi Hansen has been with the tour since its inception with her wax candles. A longtime member of The Environmental Group in Coal Creek Canyon, she practices what she preaches about reduce/reuse/recycle by creating earth colored candles from recycled wax.

Tom Cowherd of Nature’s Elementals has been making jewelry for over 8 years. All his pieces are handmade, using natural stones with copper and sterling silver. Having done several years of study in Native American spirituality, Tom has gained an appreciation for the energies of the natural stones and the earth in which they are found. Willy and Roger Lickey of Lickey’s Knotty Woods make functional items like coat racks, lamps and candle bases out of aspen and pine from the Black Hawk and Central City area.

Gary Kragenbrink has lived in Gilpin for over 27 years and is a Central City Sculptor who welds whimsical sculptures, both large and small, with imagination and a good sense of humor. His studio is open Saturday only.

Forrest Anderson, Wabi Pottery, is another artist with the tour since its inception. He started making pots at his studio back in the 60s and his studio is an old Victorian mining cabin behind his house. The southernmost stop on the tour is a stop not to be missed.

Virginia Unseld, is one of the founders of the tour whose passion is ‘painting en plein air’. Virginia moved to Colorado almost 40 years ago and has spent much of that time recording her impressions of the western landscape in pastels.

There are also 4 group stops along the tour.


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