Show Preview | Evergreen Open Door Studios

Evergreen, CO
Various locations, September 19-20

Laura Mehmert, Three Amigos, oil, 33 x 48.

Laura Mehmert, Three Amigos, oil, 33 x 48.

This story was featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

Each year on the third weekend of September, the annual Evergreen Open Door Studios tour invites art lovers to visit the working spaces of artists. This month marks the 14th year for the tour, which kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. where patrons mingle with artists and plan their itineraries for the tour. Participating this year are 35 artists who work in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, and fiber. “We invite the public into our studios so they can see us work,” says artist and event coordinator Jeanette Stutzman. “You’ll see the tools we use, you’ll see us working our process, you can talk to us about our inspiration and why we do what we do. It’s a very casual, fun, and comfortable event.”

Visitors can expect to see a broad range of artistic styles and subject matter ranging from landscapes in oil and pastel to intricately carved wood and bronze sculpture. Participating artists this year include Beverly Endsley, Beth Riser, and Jane Christie, as well as new artists to the tour Diana Begner, Joy Commons, Ron Isaacson, Katy Moses, and Nancy Larner. “Diana recently moved to Evergreen from Arizona and creates crystalline ceramics. Joy is a long-time Evergreen resident, but it’s her first time on the tour, and she works in pastel and paints mostly landscapes,” Stutzman says. “Ron creates works out of recycled and repurposed leathers. He has created leather landscapes using hides of deer, elk, buffalo, and others. Katy specializes in photographic portraits. She tells the story of the spirit of each person with emotion and deep connection.”

Tour books with detailed information on each artist and studio locations can be found at galleries and restaurants around Evergreen and surrounding towns. New this year is an interactive tour book on the event’s website that users can virtually flip though to plan their weekend tour. —Joe Kovack

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