Art Is a Process
By David Josselyn
The leaves are turning in Gilpin County which means it was time for the annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour. This was the fifth year for the tour in which local artists opened up their studios; whether in their homes, garages, or businesses, to the public for an intimate look at where and how they make their creations. It was a wonderful way to immerse yourself into their world. Many of the artists had home-made goodies to keep your energy up as you travel from studio to studio. The two-day tour stretched from Virginia Canyon in the south to Rollinsville in the north with stops in many of the communities between. Motorists could choose to do the entire tour in one day, or take a more leisurely route over the weekend. Timed perfectly for color, the tour also gave visitors the added bonus of the gorgeous beauty of Gilpin County in the fall.
The Gilpin Art Studio Tour is normally preceded by an artists’ reception at the Gilpin Library, but this year, they hit a snag. This year’s tour was coordinated by Virginia Unseld, Bonnie Cowherd, and Gabrielle Gewirtz, and they had to quickly find a new location for the reception after someone ran into the exterior wall of the library causing the meeting room to be closed for repairs. The Gilpin Art Studio Tour is not a Gilpin County Arts Association function, but for the first time, it was a collaborative effort. The organizers reached out to Becky Osteboe, Manager of the Washington Hall and Showcase Galleries in Central City and member of Gilpin Arts. Becky, with little sweet-talking, got the Arts Board on board, and graciously interrupted the Showcase Gallery schedule so that the reception and the art of the participants could be displayed. If you want to see a sample of what was offered on the tour, stop by the Showcase Gallery above the Visitor’s Center in Central City and check it out.
The 5th Annual Art Studio Tour was held this past weekend of September 17 and 18 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests watched for the signs along the roadsides pointing them in the right direction, and brought their wallets, too, because almost all of the art was for sale along the way and there was some great stuff produced by our local artists!
Final note – unfortunately one artist had to drop out for personal reasons, and so stop number four, Dana Jones, fiber art and quilting, was not available this year.