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Artists draw back the curtains at 18th Red Cliff Studio Tour, Aug. 13-14

Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@vaildaily.com
Paper artist Helen Hiebert’s colorful "wish discs" are a continuation of a piece she created titled "The Wish." Though artists will not be displaying work in the gymnasium of the Old School at this year's Red Cliff Studio Tour, Hiebert will still have her work at the school in her private studio downstairs.
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If you go …

What: Red Cliff Studio Tour.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14.

Where: Artist studios in Red Cliff.

Cost: The tour is free; art will be available for purchase.

More information: Visit www.redcliffstudiotour.com" target="_blank">class="Hyperlink">www.redcliffstudiotour.com . Discounted lodging is available at Green Bridge Inn, and Mango’s Mountain Grill will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Participating artists

• Joan Norris, oil paintings, 654 Spruce St.

• Ulf Jauernigg, photography, Mango’s Mountain Grill, 166 Eagle St. , second floor.

• Bob Will, sculpture, 524 Water St.

• Jim Lamont, photography, 654 Spruce St.

• Penelope Salcido, abstract oil and metal/wood sculpture, Mango’s Mountain Grill.

• Baily Rose, fashion design, Mango’s Mountain Grill, second floor.

• Jason Moore, photography, Mango’s Mountain Grill, second floor.

• Helen Hiebert, paper sculpture, 400 Pine St., downstairs.

RED CLIFF — Get a peek at the thriving art community in Red Cliff during the 18th Red Cliff Studio Tour. This year, eight artists are participating, displaying their work within their private studios and, for the first time, on the second floor of Mango’s Mountain Grill.

“We decided to go to that this year instead of presenting in the Old School; we decided to do that for people who didn’t have studios within their homes but are artists and wanted to share,” said Mallory Parks, owner of Mango’s and event coordinator for the tour. She said Mango’s provides a more energetic space for the art than the schoolhouse once did.

“We have this beautiful second-floor space that we wanted to offer to them to highlight their work, have the windows open and the music going and have it be more of a natural flow. We felt like when people were going to the school, they were a little more detached. … The gymnasium didn’t really offer the right space for any of the artists.”

On hiatus

The Red Cliff Studio Tour returns this weekend after a one-year hiatus. The free event ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and again today, and mediums represented include photography, wood and metal sculpture, oil painting, paper sculpture and fashion design.

Artists are on site to discuss their art and speak to the spectators as they travel amongst the studios around town. This year marks paper artist Helen Hiebert’s third time participating in the event.

“I enjoy showing people my work and what I do,” she said. “I don’t think many people realize that paper is even an art form, and a lot of people have never made paper, they don’t know anything about making paper by hand, so I feel like I’m carrying on a tradition, and I love talking about it and showing people what I do.”

Hiebert crafts the paper the same way it was made centuries ago, before machines took over the process. She then uses the handmade paper to create works of art.

“I work a lot with paper and thread and wire, so I have some wall pieces that are sculptural,” she said. “I have some lamps that are made of this paper that I call bendable paper; there’s a wire inside of the paper so I can bend it and form it.”

Recently, Hiebert created a large installation for a library in Denver called “The Wish,” created from a multitude of disks made with string and paper. She’s continued working with these disks, now creating them in vibrant colors.

“It was like a giant dandelion puff,” she said of the original piece. “It was made of 300 of the disks; they’re all white. These are a continuation of that project. The discs in ‘The Wish’ are representative of people’s wishes, because when you blow a dandelion, you make a wish.”

Continuing tradition

At the Red Cliff Studio Tour, Hiebert will have her handmade papers for sale, as well as her how-to books — “Playing With Paper” and “Playing With Pop-Ups” — and she’ll talk to art fans about her newest project.

“I’m actually just launching a Kickstarter campaign for ‘Twelve Months of Paper Calendar,’ so I’m going to be telling people about that,” she said. “I’m making a how-to book/calendar to hang on your wall, and every month, there’s a project.”

Parks said though she isn’t herself an artist, she thinks the Red Cliff Studio Tour is special and she wanted to put it back together with the artists in town.

“There are so many artists who live in town who do not have studios that are open to public year-round, so it gives the opportunity for these galleries and studios to open up simultaneously and present their work,” she said.

“A lot of people come and go through Red Cliff without knowing that history and representation that’s here. It’s important to emphasize that the artist community is coming together to support each other to create that presentation in town.”