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Artists share their gifts

Cassie Pence
Special to the Daily Kate Tennant

EAGLE – Just in time for holiday shopping, five Eagle artists are opening up their 1,200-square-foot studio today and Saturday to share and demonstrate their art, most of which is functional.Kate Tennant, hand-thrown pottery; Mark Lemon, oil painting; April Nottingham, lampwork glass; Beth Morrison, jewelry designer and Krista Johnson, freelance floral designer, split the Eagle Art Works studio and the costs to rent it. “If one or two of us are there working at the same time, it’s great energy. And we all seem to get a long really well,” said Tennant. “We give a lot of feedback. It’s like having a full time critique around. It’s really nice.”Tennant has been spinning the pottery wheel for 15 years. She went to school for printmaking and enrolled in pottery classes on the side.”I just got really into the whole thing. It’s slinging the mud. I guess I like to get dirty,” Tennant said.

Beth Morrison, who constructs jewelry for a living, said it’s great to be around other people that are so creative.”Kate does incredible things with clay. I’m really envious with what she does,” Morrison said.Morrison owns Hareloom Jewelry. She creates adornments with glass beads, semi-precious stones, pearls, vintage crystals and sterling silver. She apprenticed under Nottingham to learn how to create glass beads. Some of her work is sold at Scotch on the Rockies in Vail Village.”I like working with different materials. I love the vintage beads, and making glass beads is like painting with glass. It’s really fun to do,” Morrison said.Nottingham will be demonstrating her lampwork today and Saturday during the open house. Lampwork is a technical term for the beads she makes.”They call it lampworking because in olden times they would use an oil lamp to heat up the glass to manipulate it,” said Nottingham, who’s been creating with glass since 1976.

There’s no “blowing” involved with Nottingham’s work. She uses glass rods and a small, table-mounted torch that runs on propane and oxygen to manage the glass. She uses a stainless steel mandrel when making beads and winds the glass around that.”I do a lot of floral, miniature flowers, geometric design and abstract,” said Nottingham, who will also be displaying glass wine bottle cheese boards and wine stoppers.Lemon is a fairly well-known painter throughout this area, Tennant said. He did a series of oil paintings of pioneers of the Eagle Valley.”He does big oil paintings down to small beautiful paintings of the Brush Creek Valley,” Tennant said.Johnson, the newest member of the studio, will have fresh wreaths and garland to custom decorations for people’s homes.Price points for the art work will range from $10 to $2,000 for a large painting. For more information, call 376-0654 or 328-6169.

Eagle Art WorksStudio open houseToday, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.851 Sawatch, off Chambers, and over Eagle motorcycle shopArts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or

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