Peek into the artist’s environment Red Cliff Art Studio Tour begins Saturday |

Peek into the artist’s environment Red Cliff Art Studio Tour begins Saturday

Cassie Pence

RED CLIFF – Step into the artist’s environment and witness where the creation takes place during the 7th annual Red Cliff Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday.Twelve artists will open their home and studios in the quaint old mining town of Red Cliff to visitors for two whole days of pure art experience. Because the Vail galleries work with mostly high-end artists, local artists have a hard time finding a venue to sell their work.”This is one place where people can find art of local sceneries because you can’t find it in galleries in Vail,” said Barb Bomier, co-organizer of the event.You won’t find gallery prices either at this event. Prices for artwork range from $10 to $1,800 and up, and the mediums range from oils to water colors to photography to functional art such as bowls, vases and jewelry.Red Cliff itself is a diamond in the rough, still carrying most of its original mining-town integrity. If you are a visitor to the Vail Valley, or a local for that matter, that hasn’t experienced Red Cliff, it is an off-the-beaten-path destination worth checking out.”It’s a beautiful drive particularly this time of year,” Sydney Summers, co-organizer who paints in water colors and creates wreaths and jewelry, said. “This is probably the last real, little town in the county. It’s a nice experience to be in this little town and do something that’s as classy as come to an art studio tour and yet has a lot of the old flavor of how these towns used to be 100 years ago.” The highlight of the event is being able to interact with the artists. Visitors can gain insights on art, learn more about the different processes – whether it is painting plein air or firing up a kiln – and maybe take home a nugget of history. Most of the participating artists are longtime locals.”For me, my paintings all have a story behind them. Whether I froze the day I painted that, or there were a gazillion biting flies or the building I painted isn’t there anymore,” Bomier said.The studio tour is as much a home tour as it is an art tour. Bomier’s home is an old Victorian, and Summers is a master gardener.”They get to see people’s homes and the environment in which they’re creating the artwork,” Bomier said.Halfway through the eight studio stops, visitors can eat lunch at Mango’s, home of the world’s best fish tacos. Drive scenic byway U.S. Highway 24 to Red Cliff.Vail Colorado

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