Boulder Open Studios features several mountain area artists

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Chris Rice, Red Tree

The 19th Annual Open Studios Fall Artist Tour, Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11-12, features 125 local artists who graciously open their studios for visitors to ask questions, see a demonstration and buy locally produced artwork direct from the artist.

It’s free to visit the studios, but maps are $12, with all of the proceeds going towards producing the Fall Artist Tour. The map provides locations of each artist’s studio, an image from each artist and listings by artist, medium and studio number.

While most artists are located in Boulder itself, several Nederland, Sugarloaf and Magnolia Road artists are included on the tour making it possible to spend the day exploring mountain-based artists exclusively.

Oil painter Marie Channer lives in the Big Springs neighborhood in Nederland. Her love of horses and the West gives her inspiration for her paintings and landscapes. She also enjoys painting dancers and recently has completed some Flamenco pieces.

Ceramic and glass artist Tania Corvalan and her husband Russ Filippello are opening up Wandering Blue Studios near Nederland during the event. “Our studio is equipped with gas and electric kilns as well as wheels, slab rollers and lampworking torches and kilns. People can watch us do demos of all our techniques,” she said.

Artist Chris Rice, who is also Fire Chief of his local volunteer fire department, opens his studio off Sugarloaf Road. He has been creating artistic and functional metal work in his studio for over 10 years. He enjoys collaborating with his clients on their projects and brings a designers mentality and a strong attention to detail to all his work.

Brent Warren opens his studio located off Magnolia Road. The artist creates whimsical and abstract, one-of-a-kind sculptural creations in various mediums including welded steel, carved wood, formed cardboard and more. Warren has been producing art out of his mountain studio for the last 38 years. “I cannot be confined to one medium since my curiosity and talent has led me to explore many,” he said.

The studio of Vivian Long, located off Pine Glade in the Magnolia Road area will also be open. Long, although educated in fine and commercial arts, is primarily self-taught and continually embracing new forms of expression. “Growing up in Louisiana and then Colorado, I ran wild in the swamps and found exhilaration on mountain peaks. I have always been drawn to contrasts and that is reflected in my art.

Nature photography and nature-inspired abstract photography of David Bahr will be on display in his studio in the Magnolia Road area. He is an award-winning artist focusing on nature and abstract photography. His artwork is seen in major museums such as the Smithsonian, in National Parks, in exhibits at notable galleries and highlighted in many magazines and popular calendars.

Martha Peacock creates colorful contemporary oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings of flowers, flora, animals, fauna, feminine and abstract images. She will open her Sunshine Canyon studio as well.

Also, the representational oil paintings
of Steven Homsher will be on display in his Pine Glade area studio.

Visit to learn more about the artists and view their work.

Published in the October 2014 issue of the MMAC Monthly

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