The Art of Gilpin County

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GAST modern sub-realist David Serrano at work on a oil paintingSixteen artists open their studios to the public for one glorious weekend

By David Josselyn

The fourth annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour kicked off Saturday, September 19 for one beautiful fall weekend. Sixteen artists gave the public a chance to view where they create their work and what inspires them. Along with the artists, the Gilpin Clay Studio opened its doors to show works in progress and offer the opportunity for people to sign up for classes. The Tour spanned the County from Highway 72 near Pinecliffe to Virginia Canyon Road and Russell Gulch which gave folks taking the self-guided tour an amazing trip full of color and mountainous views.

Retired art teacher and pastel artist Virginia Unseld, along with Commissioner Gail Watson, founded the Tour four years ago to shine some light on the quality and quantity of artists that reside along the Peak to Peak Highway, and perhaps to inspire others to express themselves through different mediums for the first time. Each year, new artists are added to the event while others, for one reason or another, choose not to participate, which is indicative of the number of people that have chosen the solace of our County for their inspiration.

Participating artists

Violet Aandres – watercolors

Gabrielle Gewirtz – ceramics

David Serrano – oils

Julie Ikler – mosaics

Mimi Ritter – wool

Bambi Hansen – candles

Walter Perryman – sculptures

Virginia Unseld – pastels

Les Barstow – photography

Donna Miller – watercolors

Tom Cowherd – Nature’s Elementals (lapidary and metalwork)

Mary Bell – glassworks

Willy and Roger Lickey – woodwork

Gary Kragenbrink – metalwork

Forrest Anderson – pottery

Representing the Gilpin Clay Studio – Carry Berry

Looking forward

The Gilpin Art Studio Tour is a successful event that will continue as long as there are people willing to keep it going, so look for it each year. The Tour is intentionally timed as close to prime fall color viewing as can be predicted. Look for it again the around the third week of September 2016.

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