Some of the most notable fine artists in the region participate in the Grand Valley's Open Studios Tour held twice a year. Artists open their doors to the public to view their studios and purchase their work directly.
Art aficionado or not, this is one event you do not want to miss. It only happens twice a year, and people look forward to it for months. To participate, pick up a free map detailing the artists and locations for the open studios. The four-color maps are available at the Visitors' Centers in Fruita and Grand Junction, and at The Art Center, Palisade City Hall and about 20 other locations from Fruita to Palisade. Or you can log onto www.artspacecolorado.org and print out a two-color version of the map. Either way will get you started.
Then, simply map out a plan to visit the artists you are most interested in. At each open studio location, you'll find anywhere from one to a dozen artists demonstrating and selling their work. And at each location, there are usually goodies to munch on and beverages to partake in, along with great art to view.
Whether you're a novice or a savvy art collector, this tour is a splendid way to become familiar with the special talents of notable fine artists. Mingle with a large variety of sculptors, painters, jewelers, potters and many more artists in different media who are selling a wide variety of artwork not available in local galleries.
The tour is free and you'll find art at every price point. From $10 to $10,000, you can pick up great gifts or that one-of-a-kind statement-maker for your home. It's a fantastic opportunity to personally connect with local artists and tour the Grand Valley's amazing landscape.
For more information, www.artspacecolorado.org.