8A The Tribune
September 28, 2016
Art lovers turned out in force for Open Studio tour The sixth annual Front Range Open Studio tour weekend saw 16 local studios and workshops welcome guests from Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Parker, Castle Rock and even Aurora and Westminster. The guests included old friends along with many newcomers who were surprised to discover the Tri-Lakes region is home to so many artists and craftsmen working in a great variety of mediums in such a beautiful and charming setting. It pays to get off the interstate. Besides being treated to demonstrations, several studios allowed the guests to try their hand at creating their own work of art. There were prize drawings at every location for either an original work of art or a gift card to one of our sponsors. The weekend was a success to both the artists and the public. But the artists on the tour didn’t accomplish this by themselves. Fortunately we live in a community that supports the arts and our sponsors helped us reach our goals. Special thanks go out to the town of Monument, Bella Art and Frame, La Casa Fiesta, the Coffee Cup Café, Wesley Owens Coffee and Café, the Villa in Palmer Lake and the Speedtrap Bistro for their generous sponsorship and faith in us. Thanks, also, go to all the merchants
GUEST COLUMNIST Nancy Bonig
in Monument and Palmer Lake who displayed our posters and handed out our brochures and maps. One of the original artists on the tour, Mattie O, was unable to participate this year because her studio was empty. Thirty-two of her latest pieces are currently on display at the Littleton Museum in her exhibit titled “In Suspension.” I had the pleasure and honor of attending the invitation-only opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 15, and was amazed at the scope and invention of her latest pieces. Many of them are called Kiki’s dresses and have fanciful bodices of paper mache and skirts of gossamer thread and leaves. They behave as kinetic sculptures as the slightest breeze interacts with the garment. As an admirer of Alexander Calder, Mattie has taken the concept of a mobile to new heights, no pun intended, with floating themes of fall leaves, aquatic life and even more couture! I highly recommend you go see this exhibit! The Littleton Museum is located at 6028 S. Gallup St., a short 45 minutes away, and the show runs until Oct. 23. Closer to home, there are local art events during October: Palmer Lake Art Group hosts the 43rd Arts and Crafts Fair at Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Bella Art and Frame in Downtown Monument hosts the 2nd Annual Miniature Fine Art show from Oct. 7 to Nov. 4, with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 8.
Artist Mattie O has 32 pieces on display at the Littleton Museum in an exhibit titled “In Suspension.” Many of artist Mattie O’s pieces are called “Kiki’s dresses” and have fanciful bodices of paper mache and skirts of gossamer thread and leaves. They behave as kinetic sculptures as the slightest breeze interacts with the garment.
Artist Mattie O’s mobiles left to right , Thoroughly Modern Rocks , Roots in Heaven, and Turquoise Aspen Leaf.