Grand Junction artist Sandy King opens gallery in Palisade
WHAT: Sandy King Gallery & Studio
WHEN: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: 330 Main St., Palisade
COST: Free to view
Another Grand Junction artist is setting up shop in Palisade’s downtown. The Sandy King Gallery & Studio opened in May, adding to the sleepy farming community’s up-and-coming arts and crafts scene.
According to King, she chose Palisade over other areas in the Grand Valley to showcase her work because of its “great artistic feel.”
King isn’t alone in that assumption. Another Palisade gallery owner, Kay Crane of The Blue Pig, feels the same way.
“I think the nature of the little town is conducive to the art scene as there are several galleries” already there, Crane said. “It’s a nice enclave for artist-related things.”
She added that Palisade is growing into a creative escape for both artisans and art lovers alike.
Another Grand Junction resident, Renee Gibson, set up shop in Palisade three years ago for its unique small-business model.
“With the agriculture, small businesses, wine, and peaches, it’s a great place to be,” Gibson said. “It seems to be kind of a progression that artists should come here.”
Gibson also stressed that although there isn’t a fast influx of artists heading to Palisade, she does see potential for the town to become an artist haven.
“We are always thrilled when we get a new business in Palisade,” Chamber of Commerce executive director Juliann Adams said. “Especially in the art community. It brings life to downtown and it’s wonderful Sandy King has her town studio now.”
King, in fact, got her start in Palisade when she moved to Grand Junction from Aspen seven years ago. She sold her work at The Blue Pig while painting and showing work from a home studio as well.
“I have wanted this for a long time, but was looking for the right situation,” she said.
According to King, a new larger space allows for improved productivity and retail presence; plus, when she worked from home, she found it difficult to get into the routine of heading to work.
“If I didn’t go straight into the studio, I would work on a home project, and probably wouldn’t paint that day,” King said.
Now she enjoys her drive to Palisade daily, taking in the expansive views while mentally preparing for work.
AN EYE FOR DETAIL & COLOR
The Sandy King Gallery & Studio showcases King’s expansive nature scenes, as well as prints of her paintings. He body of work spans two decades.
King paints with acrylics, oils, and water colors. She enjoys painting large-scale images of flowers, cactus, and other familiar Grand Valley scenes while paying close attention to detail.
“When really looking at the petal of an iris, for example, one may think they are seeing purple, but by examining it closely, it actually goes from yellow to orange, to bright pink to blue,” King said on her website. “This is what I want my paintings to express. I want the viewer to see those colors and feel the emotion that I feel.”
Want to learn more? Visit The Sandy King Gallery & Studio at 330 Main St. in Palisade. Gallery hours run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Palisade’s Sunday Farmers’ Market.
For more information online, visit http://www.sandykingfineart.com.
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