RED CLIFF — It’s time again for the popular Red Cliff Studio Tour & Invitational, which is one of the longest sustained art events in Eagle County. The annual art event is set for Aug. 16 and 17.
If you’re looking for local art, then you can’t get much more local than this. Visit five locations in the tiny town and see the work of 13 artists. Most of these artists live in and/or have studio space in Red Cliff. Invited guest artists come from other places in Eagle County, as well as one artist from Salida and another from Paonia.
“Not only is this a free event, it’s a social event. You’ll most likely run into friends that you maybe haven’t seen for a while,” said one of the tour organizers and participating artist, Barb Bomier.
There are four new artists this year. Ulf Jauernigg, a photographer from Red Cliff, will take part, as well as Andrea Roth-Moore, from Minturn, who will be showing her pastel portraits (including pet portraits). She’ll also be painting during the event. A potter from Paonia, Mary Jursinovic, will take part. Vail area local, Elaine Kuntz, will show her watercolor creations.
Helen Hiebert, a paper sculptor, will offer some hands-on projects for visitors to her studio, whereby they will have an opportunity to make a paper project, a magic window star or a paper puppet to take home with them for a small materials fee. Joanie Barbier, from Salida, will be adding hand-painted furniture to her array of quilted paintings, gouache paintings, oils, hand-painted clothing and more. Bob Will has been busy building some large sculptures. Sydney Summers has been doing some experimental watercolors. All of the artists have been busy this past year creating new work.
The historic town of Red Cliff, just off of Scenic Byway “Top of the Rockies” Highway 24, is located between Minturn and Leadville. Many people go to the annual Rummage Sale at Maloit Park, which takes place the same weekend, and then continue south to Red Cliff.
The Red Cliff Studio Tour & Invitational will be on Aug. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.