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about  us

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.


Member Artist

Carol Barkley

For forty years I was employed in marketing. After retirement I began quilting, delighting in playing with color and texture – so different from my marketing career. I first worked with traditional quilts, then contemporary art quilts, and now as a fiber artist using a hybrid of quilting, applique, embroidery, machine felting, hand dyed fabric, and pen and ink.


My development journey has included classes with some of today’s most highly recognized art quilt practitioners and fiber artists. I’ve taken what I learned from each and developed my own techniques and style. In 2020 I began combining my love of outdoors, and especially Rocky Mountain National Park, with fiber art.


Much of my work is inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park. For many years, my family and I vacationed in RMNP, hiking, fishing, and exploring the Park. After retiring, we moved to Estes Park and now enjoy year-round access to RMNP.

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