Estes Park Art Studio Tour Draws Crowds – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

People driving through the city last weekend likely saw the red and yellow banners indicating the locations of the Estes Park Art Studio Tour. Fourteen artists prepared their work (and their spaces) for months in anticipation of the free event which drew visitors from all over.

The featured artists create works using many and varied media. (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

Artist Josh Kerson traveled to Estes Park on Sunday August 7 from Wellington to do the tour.

“As artists, we are continually developing our own little studios,” he said. “We 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 on display is that you can see where the artist is working in their space and what tools they are using. You can get a little deeper into the process and how they do what they do and where their inspiration comes from.

This was Laura Davis' first year on the Art Studio Tour.  (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)
This was Laura Davis’ first year on the Art Studio Tour. (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

Like many visitors to the various art studios around Estes Park, Kerson noted, “I like to see things that are actually handmade, not just produced in a factory.

The featured artists create works using many and varied media.

Laura Davis of Estes Park featured photographs, note cards, pillowcases, scarves, pencil and computer cases, and clothing she calls “wearable art.”

His artist statement posted on the wall described his artistic philosophy.

Fourteen artists prepared their work (and their spaces) for months in anticipation of the free event which drew visitors from all over.  (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)
Fourteen artists prepared their work (and their spaces) for months in anticipation of the free event which drew visitors from all over. (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

“Beauty is hidden in plain sight. My work is a joyous interpretation of the divine details that surround us. Reflections in dewdrops, peeling paint, beetle paths, wood grain and patterns in natural or man-made structures are captured and enhanced by my lens, witnessing the inherent order of the universe .

This was Davis’ first year on the Art Studio Tour.

“A lot of people find out about my work who don’t know it at all,” Davis noted. “I’m here to help them understand what they see. People tell me that when they look at my work, they see things they’ve come across on a trail while hiking and mark down really noticed or not seen in the same way that I highlight.

Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in sculpture and her master’s degree in video arts and turned 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 teaching college was a challenge.”

Davis worked at a photo/video store and learned a lot about photography. She picked up macro material and familiarized herself with numerical methods.

“Digital has made it possible to do all kinds of things,” she commented. “It allows me to put my collages together without cutting and pasting or pasting.”

Davis exhibits and sells her work at the Estes Park Art Center. His fabric art is very popular.

“I have a lot of people who think it’s fabulous to be able to wear the artwork and I think it’s fabulous that they can too,” she said.

Laura Davis Art Studio will be presented from November 11 until the end of the year at the Art Center of Estes Park as the last show of this year’s featured artists. His show will be called “Colossal and Intimate”.

Learn more about her work at https://artofwhere.com/artists/laura-davis.

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