Show Preview | Evergreen Open Door Studios

Evergreen, CO
Various locations, September 20-21

Jeanette Stutzman, The Barn, oil, 9 x 12.

Jeanette Stutzman, The Barn, oil, 9 x 12.

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As the leaves turn to red and gold, the mountain town of Evergreen ushers in autumn with its annual open studios event, which brings visitors into the working spaces of 36 area artists. An opening reception takes place at Evergreen National Bank from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 19. The artists then open up their studios to art enthusiasts on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can meet painters, photographers, and sculptors as well as metal, glass, fiber, and clay artists. Many of the artists present demonstrations during the two-day event.

Artist and event coordinator Jeanette Stutzman says the mission of the open studios weekend is to raise public awareness about the time, talent, and techniques involved in creating artworks. Stutzman adds that the town’s participating artists share a common passion and vision dedicated to conveying the joy they experience in both the art-making process and living in the scenic Rocky Mountain community. “We look forward to this event each year as a rare opportunity to spend time with guests in our creative space,” she says. “This is a truly unique experience where you will see work in progress along with a bit of the mess. Each artist uses their materials differently for their own personal style, and that isn’t something you would see by only viewing finished art on display.”

Among this year’s participating artists are Lee Wolff, John Scott, Marjie Eakin-Petty, Mike Gabridge, Patti Semler, and Jane Christie. From Karen Spotts’ penchant for capturing colorful vintage automobiles to Beverly Endsley’s fondness for depicting rabbits and foxes in the wild, visitors can expect to sample a wide range of genres, styles, and subject matter. “Evergreen Open Door Studios is the perfect opportunity to connect with people and show them how and why we artists do what we do,” Endsley says. “My studio will be filled with art lovers who love animals—my favorite kind of people.”

Printed guides containing the names and addresses of the participating artists are available at galleries, restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and visitors’ centers in Evergreen and nearby towns. 
— Bonnie Gangelhoff

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