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 an artist for as long as I can remember and have always been creative. My mom and my grandmother were also artists, so it is in my blood. My mother was such an inspiration to me as I was growing up because she was always drawing or doing pen and ink, plus she was creative in so many ways. I was obsessed with drawing as a kid and learned to paint later on. But I knew I always wanted to be an artist.
When I got old enough to work, I became a technical illustrator for several companies doing work in the airline and military aircraft industries. Although not exactly the art career I was looking for, I was at least drawing. Later I made my way as a graphic artist for a medical college, eventually becoming a freelance designer, which I still do.
I always worked on my own personal art in the evenings and on the weekends even while working. I’ve worked in a lot of different mediums from photography, pottery, quilting, acrylics, mixed media, pencil, pen and ink, sculpture – and I’m probably not done exploring. My current work is collage and encaustic. I love working in these two mediums and how the encaustic wax increases the translucency of the papers and adds warmth and dreaminess to my collages. My goal is to create visual poetry through this medium.