People driving around town this past weekend probably saw the red and yellow banners marking the locations of the Estes Park Art Studio Tour. Fourteen artists spent months preparing their work (and their spaces) in anticipation of the free event that drew visitors from all over.
Artist Josh Kerson traveled from Wellington to Estes Park on Sunday, August 7, to undertake the tour.
“As artists, we are constantly developing our own studios,” he said. “We would like to see the work people do, but also the techniques they use and the tools they use. The difference between going to a craft show where everything is just on display is that you can actually see where the artist is working in their space and the tools they are using. You see a little deeper into the process and how they do what they do and where their inspiration comes from.”
Like many of the visitors to the various art studios around Estes Park, Kerson noted, “I like to see things that are actually handmade, not just manufactured in a factory.”
The featured artists create works using many and varied media.
Laura Davis of Estes Park displayed photography, note cards, pillowcases, scarves, pencil and computer cases and clothing she calls “wearable art.”
Her artist statement posted on the wall describes her artistic philosophy.
“Beauty is hidden in plain sight. My work is a joyful interpretation of the divine details that surround us. Reflections in dewdrops, peeling paint, beetle tracks, wood grains and patterns in natural or man-made structures are captured and highlighted by my lens, testifying to the order inherent in the universe.”
This was Davis’ first year participating in the Art Studio Tour.
“A lot of people are introduced to my work who are not at all familiar with it,” Davis noted. “I’m here to help them understand what it is they see. People tell me that when they look at my work, they see things that they passed on a trail on a hike that were really noticed or not seen, in the same way that I highlight.”
Davis took her BFA in Sculpture and her MFA in Video Art and shaped it into a career in art.
“I taught video art at East Carolina University for seven years,” she explained. “When I came back to Colorado, finding a job in college teaching was a challenge.”
Davis took a job at a photo/video store and learned a lot about photography. She picked up some macro equipment and learned about digital methods.
“Digital has made it possible to do all kinds of things,” she said. “It makes it possible for me to put together my collages without cutting and pasting and gluing.”
Davis shows and sells her work at the Art Center of Estes Park. Her fabric art is very popular.
“I have a lot of people who think it’s fantastic that they can wear the artwork and I think it’s fantastic that they can too,” she said.
Laura Davis Art Studio will be on display at the Art Center of Estes Park from November 11th until the end of the year as the final show of the featured artists this year. Her show will be called “Colossal and Intimate.”
Learn more about her work at https://artofwhere.com/artists/laura-davis.