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Grand Valley artists open home studios for tour

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Sandy King stands with a work in progress in her home studio, located at 1050 Rood Ave., in Grand Junction. She will participate in the Grand Valley Artists Studio Tour on two consecutive Saturdays, May 3 and May 10.
Brittany Markert / bmarkert@gjfreepress.com | Free Press

GO&DO

WHAT: Grand Valley Art Tour

WHEN: Saturday, May 3 and 10

WHERE: Throughout the Grand Valley

COST: Free

INFO: Maps available at http://www.atlastasolar.com or call 970-245-7382

Fine art doesn’t just magically appear. Local artists create unique pieces over time, often in home studios. Take a peak behind the scenes with the free (and self-guided) Grand Valley Artists Studio Tour, set for two consecutive Saturdays — May 3 and May 10 — between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Local artists will open their studios to visitors, showing where their art is created and the process taken. This event features 19 stops, located between Palisade and Fruita. Plus, paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and drawings will be for sale.



ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

Organizers David and Maggie Cook, Sandy King, and Piera Kllanxhja joined forces recently to create a new artists tour.



The Cooks, originally from London, England, landed in Grand Junction eight years ago to join the local art scene.

Maggie is a pastel artist and David is an oil painter. They not only paint at home, but also look outdoors for inspiration from the Grand Valley. Their home is a combination studio and gallery; anyone is welcome to visit to purchase and view their work.

“One of the assets to the valley is it has so much to look at,” David said.

The Cooks’ house is number 13 and 14 on the map, located at 131 Santa Fe Dr., in Grand Junction.

Another organizer, King, paints acrylics, oils and watercolors, and she’s worked as a full-time artist for the past eight years. Her home gallery features large canvas paintings of plant life with vivid color.

King is number 12 on the list, located at 1050 Rood Ave., in Grand Junction.

According to Kllanxhja, she started producing clay art when she was only 4 years old. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mesa State College in 1991. She specializes in crystalline pottery and teaches art therapy to Hilltop’s life adjustment program.

“It’s wonderful to give back,” she said.

Kllanxhja’s house is number nine on the list, located at 839 Chipeta Ave., in Grand Junction.

Tour maps are available at http://www.atlastasolar.com.


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