The Salida Studio Tour 2017

The biennial Salida Studio Tour will be showcasing 22 Salida fine artists and crafters in 19 studios inside city limits and the immediate surrounding area of Salida on Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s artists are known locally and nationally […]

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About the Cover Artist: Rita Roberts

Artist, writer and illustrator Rita Roberts lives and works in Monte Vista, Colorado. Her artwork is indelibly tied to the San Luis Valley, surrounded by the cycles of the upper Rio Grande, which flows a mile from her studio. Born in Nebraska, the artist still gravitates toward farmsteads and big, stormy skies. Her landscapes exist […]

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Salida StudioTour – GILMORE VAN STONE, JR.

by Mike Rosso Since 2009, art fans have had an opportunity to meet Salida artists and craftspersons in their working studios, thanks to the Salida Studio Tour. Every other year, artists open their doors to the public for a chance to watch the artists at work, discuss techniques and view private displays of art. Among […]

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About the Cover Artist – Susan Spohn

Salida-based artist Susan Spohn describes herself as a gardener, recreating in paint the magic she feels when in the presence of flowers, critters and nature. Painting memories, visions and whimsy, her favorite medium is oil paint. She paints on wood panels using bristle brushes, painting knives, turpentine and varnish. Her paintings of textural garden scenes […]

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June McDaniel, creative ladybug

Article by Marcia Darnell Artists – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S BEEN SAID that art is food for the soul, that it is sustenance to carry one through life’s travails. That sentiment is true for La Jara artist June McDaniel, whose painting has seen her through career, marriage, motherhood, and illness, and is […]

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Salida’s Little Shop of Horrors

Article by Jennifer Dempsey Artists – June 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine WALKING INTO 132 West First Street in Salida is like walking into the Little Shop of Horrors. Or maybe the prop room at Disneyland. It definitely could be Who-ville. “We like to think of ourselves as Dr. Suess gone bad,” said Pat Landreth […]

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Synergy meets Chaos: The Art Thing

Article by Marcia Darnell Artists – December 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine “If I come in here and say, ‘I’ve discovered something that will change the face of art forever!’ and you don’t give a flying monkey’s crap about it, you don’t have to be part of it!” That was Denny Wallace, aka The DenMan, […]

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200 years of living art history in Westcliffe

Article by Jennifer Dempsey Artists – September 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine ALMOST 200 YEARS of living art history will be present at the Brookwood Gallery in Westcliffe on September 15th. “The three of us artists are expected to be there, but being in the ‘no green banana phase’ there’s no guarantee,” laughed Gerald Merfeld, […]

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Susie Allen’s passion for painting

Article by Lynda La Rocca Artists – August 2004 – Colorado Central Magazin BRIGHT, BOLD, AND BIGGER-THAN-LIFE: These are the words that immediately come to mind when viewing the works of Leadville artist Susie Allen. From vibrant oils and acrylics to pencil drawings glowing with unexpected flashes of color, Allen celebrates form and figure in […]

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A couple of artists: Tammie and Dave LaVercombe

Article by Columbine Quillen Artists – March 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine SALIDA ARTISTS Tammie and Dave Lavercombe offer a diversity of art, from bright colorful landscapes, to wood and paper-maché sculptures, to elegant silver jewelry. They are one another’s biggest fans and they create an atmosphere in their home and studio that welcomes creativity […]

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