THE ARTS: Artists open studios to public in Front Range Studios Tour

September 12, 2013 Updated: September 12, 2013 at 9:05 am
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10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, in 14 artist studios in the Tri-Lakes area, free; frontrangeopen

Buyers of art often have no idea how their piece came into existence. All they see is the finished product.

Monument artist Nancy Bonig is out to change that. She founded the Front Range Open Studios Tour in 2011 after participating in the Pikes Peak Studio Tour in 2010. The tours are similar: The public is invited into artists' studios for a glimpse into their creative process. The Front Range tour is Saturday and Sunday in 14 Tri-Lakes area studios.

"I'm trying to educate the public about what goes into art, and what they see in the gallery," Bonig says. "We show artists with scratch material and the final product."

Last year, the tour brought about 300 people into each studio, Bonig says. This year, visitors will have the opportunity to also create art in several of the studios, including hers. She has been a fused glass artist for 15 years, and sells her works at the Denver Art Museum, among other locations. She rearranges previously made glass into a collage, and then heats it several times to create different effects. Her most popular piece right now is a skyline of Denver in dichroic glass, she says.

Dan Rieple is a woodworker whose studio in Larkspur will be part of the tour for the second time. "I think the best part is it informs people about my craft," he says. "When they see something that is all finished out of some weird wood like Russian olive, they don't see the whole picture, so it's very informative to the consumer about why art costs what it does."

Jennifer Mulson at 636-0270,

More art events

Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival - Handcrafted folk art, noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, off 30th St., across from Garden of the Gods, $6, $5 seniors, $2 6-12; 636-2752, hollyberry

Historic Downtown Monument Art Hop - 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Monument, free; 460-4179,

"Visual Environments: Patti Lee Becker & Suchitra Mattai" - Painting, letterpress, drawing and mixed-media, through Tuesday, Gallery of Contemporary Art 121, 121 S. Tejon St., free; 255-3504,

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