The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission has selected 11 local artists to display their work spaces during the Wheat Ridge Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, August 1. The tour will provide an opportunity for the public to view these professional artists in their real settings with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create fine art.
The artists’ studios range from backyard barns to converted sun rooms to a professional co-op where multiple artists share a common room where creative energy can be shared while working in their own studios.
The artists chosen are Laurie Anderson, who creates art from abandoned musical instruments; mixed-media sculptor Lisa Bonilla Panter; photographer Blu Hartkopp; fabric artist Karin Soderholm; Jim Stevens, who specializes in scrimshaw but also works in multiple other media; Blake Wilkinson, who works on multi-media pieces featuring copper leaf and textures; and painters Kim Adamache, Juanita Gutierrez, Sina March, Ed Slack, and Sherry Veltkamp. “We are always amazed at the amount of talent there is right here in Wheat Ridge, and we are pleased with the number of applicants we received for this first-time event,” said commission chair Diane Robb.
The self-guided tour will begin at 9 a.m. on August 1, with the studios closing at 2 p.m. Maps to tour locations will be available for $5 at the Teller Street Gallery, 7190 West 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, the day of the tour.
About the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission
The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, with nine members appointed by the City Council, was created to promote cultural arts in Wheat Ridge and foster cultural enrichment and education opportunities for the community.