The Art Center of Estes Park was established in 1987 and offers an extensive collection of fine art including painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and woodworking. In addition, we present opportunities for education in the visual arts, and act as an advocate and partner for community arts development.
This was the vision of several local artists, many of whom are still participating members. We are dedicated to education and excellence in the visual arts, and is operated through artist and community volunteers, membership, sales, and donations. Our mission is to provide a facility that supports and promotes regional artists; to present opportunities for education in the visual arts, and to act as an advocate and partner for community arts development.
The Center now represents local and regional artists from across the Rocky Mountain area. We feature the high-quality artwork of 40 local Colorado artists in a broad selection of media. Whether you’re searching for a large piece of fine art or photography to enhance your home, or the perfect gift of jewelry, fiber, pottery, or a notecard for a friend, we have it.
We feature a new exhibit approximately every six weeks, opened by a public reception featuring refreshments and entertainment. We invite you to come and view these fine artists' work and to shop for additions to your home or business collections.
I have been working in clay for almost 40 years. I have always been a maker of things. My parents are from a long line of Appalachian craftspeople, and my childhood was spent learning from them. I loved the magic of functional pots emerging from a spinning wheel.
My current work is more sculptural, including elements of spiritual images from many cultures. While living in Bhutan, I discovered the tradition of Spirit Houses; before a house or a business is begun, a small house is built, a place for the land spirits to live while the land is disturbed. My "Colorado Spirit Houses," are inspired by that tradition, a place for rest, both metaphorical and spiritual.