October means it's time for the annual Artspace Open Studios Tour.This self-guided tour showcases 47 artists living and working in Grand Junction and vicinity, and has built a reputation not only for the quality of fine arts and fine crafts made in our area, but for the hospitality and accessibility the tour offers. Artspace, a local nonprofit organization, organizes the event to give visitors and residents a free, informative, and entertaining special event on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11, from noon to 5 p.m.Artspace presents the Open Studios Tour so that artists can offer insights and share ideas with the public, making it fun and educational for the whole family, no matter what age.There are sculptors, painters, jewelers, potters, photographers, and many, many more artists in different media. During the weekend artists open their studio spaces and invite the public to view and purchase their art. The tour is self-guided so you choose which artists to visit. Artists and studios can be found on the Artspace tour map by location or media. Plan your art experience by downloading the map at www.artspacecolorado.org.Whether you're a novice or savvy collector, this tour is a splendid way to become familiar with the talents of notable local artists. You'll see a wide variety of artwork not available in local galleries, find works in progress, and develop fresh ideas about the techniques and tools artists use. Get a behind the scenes look at how artists work and the methods they use in their creations and designs. Value conscious buyers can find art for every budget in functional, eye-catching, or eco-friendly styles.Printed maps are located around the Grand Valley: In Grand Junction at The Art Center, Hang Ups Gallery, The Artist's Haven, Meadowlark Garden, Traders Coffee, Colorado Java, Planet Earth, Cooley Designs, Girlfriends, Unique Expressions, Visitor & Convention Bureau Welcome Center, Parks & Recreation Office, Dip N Dots (Patterson Rd), Vectra Bank (Patterson Rd), Alpine Bank (downtown), Redlands Caf; in Fruita at the Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Visitor Center, Camilla's Kafe; and in Palisade at the new Twisted Brick Studios, Palisade Caf, Town Hall, and Parker Pottery. Look for the distinctive green and blue Open Studios Tour signs at sites across the valley. For more information or to download a map, go to www.artspacecolorado.org or call Linda at 640-8177 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The Open Studios Tour is made possible and offered free to the public thanks to the generous support of several sponsors. Gold Level sponsors include the City of Grand Junction's Commission on Arts and Culture and Visitor and Convention Bureau, Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, and Jeff Evans, Inc. Insurance Services. Silver Level sponsors are The Artist's Haven, Vectra Bank, Meadowlark Garden, Premier Collection Service, and Screamgraphics.Linda Brotman-Evans is the Artspace Director.
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