It’s the people that make small towns unique.
Cañon City, while perhaps not as small as it once was, is home to an abundance of eclectic artisans who dedicate their lives to bringing their collective works to the community. However, just as important as the resulting product is where the items appear.
Driftwood and Clay Art Market and Studio, 428 S. Ninth St., is one such location.
Cañon City’s fourth-generation resident Beki Javernick grew up locally and is about as local as it gets. His great-grandparents lived in Fremont County and Javernick graduated from CCHS in 1995 before launching into the world soon after.
She earned an art degree from the University of Fort Lewis as an outstanding art student – an award only a handful of students receive – and has since spent time teaching classes. , to operate the Blue Heron Clay Center until the COVID-19 pandemic and to work with its pottery. In 2021, she spent time at CCMS teaching students the value of public art techniques.
“It was my way of teaching kids that they can do something meaningful as a group that impacts more than just them,” Javernick said.
In December 2021, Javernick walked across the Ninth Street Bridge and looked over and saw a vacant store that needed an occupant. It was kismet.
The shop has a lovely space to display many different types of art and a back room, where Javernick plans to teach a variety of classes.
“I was really inspired by space,” she said. “I love southwestern art and the colors and the happiness, the brightness, that go with it.”
Javernick opened its doors the first week of April – a perfect time for the impending summer months and the many residents of Cañon City who will need lawn decorations, gifts and many other amenities.
“There are definitely freebies here that you won’t find anywhere else in town,” Javernick said. “I have 50% local craftsmanship. Made locally or at least regionally. I am constantly on the lookout for new people.
Javernick utilized his ever-growing network of Fremont County artists and brought much of their work to his shop. She has cutting boards from Colorado Board Guys, earrings and key chains from Sawdust and Limes, pottery from Stori Thompson, Alise products, stained glass from Amy Potts, wooden frames made by CCMS students, and much more.
“I really like being able to help budding artists or students,” she said.
When asked why local artists were the focus of her new store, Javernick’s answer was educated – being an artist herself.
“As a potter and an artist, it’s hard to find an outlet for your work that isn’t commission-based,” she said. “It’s part of my mission to try to support artists by simply buying their work.”
Javernick plans to expand the business to include a busy schedule of lessons, whether it’s pottery, jewelry stamping, painting, or any other artistic endeavor. She plans to cater not only to individual attendees, but also to private parties.
Driftwood and Clay is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about Javernick, the products in her boutique, or the classes she will be teaching soon, visit https://www.driftwoodclay.com/ or call 719-371-3241. Driftwood and Clay Art Market and Studio is also available on social media at https://www.facebook.com/driftwoodclaystudio, https://www.instagram.com/driftwoodandclayart/and https://www.tiktok.com/@driftwoodandclaystudio.