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.

about  us

Member Artist

Bonnie Bowne

Fort Collins, CO   
Background:  BS in Finance and Accounting, Colorado State University

Minor in Art History, Colorado State University                           
Minor in Anthropology, Colorado State University  
Contributing Photographer for Getty Images

I will never forget the first time I saw the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains as a child of five. We had driven all night to get to the Tetons from Iowa, and the next morning as we came over the pass at dawn there was the most breathtaking view of a mountain range I have ever beheld. The whole family was so enchanted by the area that we moved to Colorado a few years later; and the Rocky Mountain West has been my inspiration ever since. Sometimes I think that every painting I have completed since that time is rooted in an attempt to recapture the beauty of that single moment. 

I spend 60% of my painting time outdoors, painting (en plein air), and 40% in the studio. For me, painting outside is a necessity, because only that way do I feel I can learn what light is and how to paint it. I see my painting as a response to the infatuation I feel, and the beauty I see, for the natural world around me, and as an artist I want to communicate visually this sense of tranquility and splendor that I find in the West. Impressionistic Realism is how I would describe the style of my landscapes. I strive to use the medium of oil paint to depict the light and beauty that I see in God's creation all around me. 

Impressionistic Realists that have inspired and influenced me through the years have been Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen and Matt Smith, as well as past masters Anders Zorn and Joaquin Sorolla. 

I currently reside in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Stanley Village Shopping Center

517 Big Thompson Avenue, Unit 245, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

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