Show Preview | Evergreen Open Door Studios

Evergreen, CO
Various locations, September 21-22

Laura Mehmert, Breakaway, oil, 24 x 30.

Laura Mehmert, Breakaway, oil, 24 x 30.

This story was featured in the September 2013 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2013 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

During the third weekend in September, 30 artists open the doors of their studios in and around Evergreen, CO, and invite the public inside to view and learn about their work. Evergreen Open Door Studios is a self-guided road tour designed to showcase the time, talent, and techniques involved in creating various types of art. Participating artists create works in a wide range of mediums, including paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and gouache; sculpture in bronze, wood, and stone; jewelry; glass; ceramics; and photography.

The 12th annual event kicks off on Friday, September 20, with a preview show and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the downtown Evergreen National Bank. The show hangs at the bank from the beginning of September until the end of the reception, and features one piece by each of the 30 artists participating in the tour. “The preview show and reception is an exciting event where people can mingle, have a drink, view works by the artists, and decide who they want to see on the studio tour,” says show coordinator and participating artist Jeannette Stutzman.

Debbie Kerr, Joined at the Hip, oil, 11 x 14.

Debbie Kerr, Joined at the Hip, oil, 11 x 14.

The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. Visitors receive a full-color tour booklet, which includes a location map, biographies of the artists, and photos of their work. All of the participating artists have works in progress—as well as works available for purchase—on view in their studios, and there are live demonstrations throughout the weekend. “This is a great opportunity for people to interact with artists, learn about their processes, and see them in action in their own spaces,” says Stutzman.

Over the years, the tour has become a popular event among artists and patrons alike—some 5,000 people attended last year, and Stutzman hopes to bring in even more people this year: “We hope people will come for the entire weekend so they can visit as many studios as they want and still have time to relax, dine, and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery in Evergreen.” —Lindsay Mitchell

contact information
www.evergreenopendoorstudios.com

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