Wild at Heart

In a watershed surrounded by national forest and wilderness, steeped in both prosperity and nonprofit initiatives, it would be easy to presume that money flows from one to the other as freely as the rivers and streams within. But this isn’t always the case.

Colori Mixes Creativity & Community in Basalt

“My focus is to create a safe place to bring artists together, a place where people can see great work, try classes, be social and have fun,” says Von Fumetti. Since the Colori Gallery & Studios opened in December 2015, artists and locals have been doing just that.

“Food Drink Flower”

The diminutive Japanese lady often passed the bearded American guy in the clay studios of the Anderson Ranch Art Center. Soon, the two potters began to acknowledge one another with a smile and a slight bow. Next, they began to talk about their craft, about East/West cultural differences, about hand-made ceramics. Since both artists draw on the legacy of Japanese…

Holiday Fairs Feature the Artisan’s Touch

Arts and crafts have been around since the mid-19th century, starting in Britain. The Arts & Crafts Movement was an attempt to reform design and decorations by moving away from machinery and factory production. Artistry is also a form of self-expression and personal creativity. Take a look at the online marketplace Etsy.com, with more than a million independent creative entrepreneurs…

“Alloy: The Malleability of Metals”

I consider my material: about 14 inches of 3/8" round, hot-rolled steel. Hot cut on both ends. I decide I will upset one end to build a mass for the head of my spoon. I have been making spoons during most of the days that I work at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park blacksmith shop. Why? For Alloy: the Malleability…

Andrea Kemp: Extraordinary Moments in Ordinary Life

Painter Andrea Kemp, whose “Cowboy Coffee” painting graces the cover of this magazine, says that her work “strikes a balance between visual depiction of the world I live in and what seems unique about it to me.” Kemp’s subjects—a boy transfixed by fireflies, a bicycle mechanic fighting the wind, a still life of white roses on a tiled table, a…

The Iron and Steel Artistry of Joe Burleigh

If you have driven around Glenwood Springs or Carbondale, you’ve seen Joe Burleigh’s work. His stringed and musical sculpture Logarhythm sits along Carbondale’s Main Street and his Iron Crystal Cubic—a loose interpretation of the crystal matrix of iron atoms at room temperature—was installed in the summer 2014 in a roundabout in west Glenwood Springs. Joe Burleigh’s palette is steel and…

Shannon Muse & the Play of Light

Paradise Art Glass, the studio of glass artist Shannon Muse, sits in one of Carbondale’s old neighborhoods under cathedral-like canopies of 100-year-old elms. To the south, Muse's “Pillars of Light” grace the town library. To the north, her seven chakra pieces glow from within the gardens of True Nature Healing Arts. How must it feel to live and work between…

Dean Bowlby

Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently interviewed Glenwood Springs artist Dean Bowlby, whose paintings are exhibited all over the world.