If you're looking for an art hot spot in the Grand Valley, look no further. The community of Palisade has grown into a locals' (and visitors') favorite for fine art. Historically known for its numerous wineries and juicy peaches, this quaint town now boasts a thriving art community.
The Blue Pig Gallery displays and sells the fine art of nearly 40 area artists. Visitors to this large gallery constantly comment on its beauty and diverse selection of art. You'll find everything from clay and stone sculpture to paintings in media including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, mixed media and encaustic. If you're looking for smaller gift items, The Piglet, located in the back of the Blue Pig main gallery, carries hand-painted silk scarves, small purses made from unexpected materials like bubble wrap, multiple cards, small paintings, pens made from antlers, hand-made clocks, jewelry of all kinds and more. The Blue Pig Gallery is a must-see.
Adding to the thriving arts community in Palisade, Twisted Brick Studios opened in 2009. The building, which was previously a green eyesore downtown, was bought and gorgeously remodeled by master craftsman David Tredway. Super-high ceilings, interior architectural arches and glorious woodwork make a spectacular backdrop for the fine art displayed throughout. The twisted brick both inside and out inspired the Palisade gallery's name.
At the Twisted Brick, visitors are awed and intrigued. The stunning gallery houses six fine artists' working studios so people can watch artists at work and view the sometimes wacky and wild studios where they create their art, including sculpture, painting, jewelry and encaustics.
Just down the road is well-known ceramicist Tim Wedel. His studio and gallery is something to behold, and his excellent artistic talents are capped by his witty personality. If you're looking for a truly unique ceramic piece, this is the place to go.
On East Orchard Mesa, a scenic drive from downtown Palisade, is sculptor-extraordinaire Steve Kentz. Stop by to see his breathtaking stone sculptures and watch him create his sometimes huge masterpieces.
Parker Pottery, located at 3535 G. Road in Palisade, is a hidden gem. The delightful work of Sue Parker fills this studio. Known for her beautiful and unique ceramic Berry Bowls (the perfect home for mouthwatering Palisade produce), she also sells everything from vases to complete dinnerware settings, all very reasonably priced.
All of the artists in the Palisade area are friends and work together. A stop by any of the above locations will likely lead to directions and recommendations for the rest. The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, located on Main Street just a half-block south of Third Street, is another great resource.