Gordon Westerberg opens Eagle studio
EAGLE Gordon Westerbergs Goldsmith Studio & Gallery is now open at 116 Third Street in Eagle, across from the Wells Fargo Bank. The studio space is cozy and welcoming, and people are encouraged to come in, watch Westerberg work and ask questions of the artist. It is going to be much more user friendly, Westerberg said.Westerbergs jewelry shines in display cases, and his new water features and sculptures should soon be springing up in the sculpture garden that surrounds the little cabin. Westerberg has a long history as a jeweler in the valley. He first opened his Goldsmith Studio in Eagle-Vail in the late 1980s, where he remained then moved to Avon in 1990. There, he earned a large following over 13 years in the location. His pieces are now sold in stores around the mountain area, and out of state, including stores in Glenwood Springs, Steamboat, Vail and Minneapolis. But it has been a couple of years since Westerberg has had his own shop.In 2003, Westerberg needed to take some time off from the business. At that time was trying to figure out what was next, he said. He had two kids in their busy teenage years, and I was very involved with their lives and their sports, he said.But he never abandoned his art. In fact, he received so many requests that he opened another studio in a warehouse space in Edwards in 2005. The space wasnt a bad place, but it wasnt designed for foot traffic or a lot of interaction with clients, which he missed.Then he spotted the for lease sign on the Eagle cabin. When I saw it, I knew it was perfect, he said.Westerberg is known for his jewelry, his ability to create a perfect setting for precious gems and for his ability to create a design for an individual. But now hes working in new materials. Westerberg took up stone sculpting less than a decade ago and recently started pursing it in earnest.In the sculpture garden, youre sure to find at least one of his water features, each unique in both form and function. Westerberg also creates smaller sculptures, such as his series of smooth, stone bears or his imaginative white angel.Westerberg hopes his studio will become a place people come to buy art, of course, but he also wants to teach jewelry making and sculpture to others. You cant just keeping making profits for yourself; you have to share your talents, he said.