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 Front Range Open Studios- Not just another studio tour!

Press Release  -  Monument, Colorado, August, 2015

There are lots of places for the public to see fine art and craft. Galleries, cooperatives, museum and airport shops all show the very best of what local artists and craftsmen have to offer.  Every weekend during the summer there is an arts festival , fair or studio tour. But only on the weekend of September 12th and 13th, will the public have the opportunity  to see  how and where fine art and craft is created!

Front Range Open Studios is a group of full time professional artists and craftsmen in the Tri-Lakes region of Palmer Lake, Monument, and Black Forest who realize that the techniques , talents, tools and raw materials they work with are a mystery to their friends and neighbors.  So, for one weekend each fall they open their workshops and studios and allow their guests to see how they create their art. Since there are many forms of creative expression there are many different mediums to explore.

Have you ever wondered, “How is that made?”   Richard Pankratz will show the step-by step process of creating a bronze figure and  how he mixes ceramics, glass and bronze to make heirloom quality furniture and vessels.    Kathleen Krucoff  will demonstrate how she transforms metals with the ancient techniques of Chasing and Repousse  into a breathtaking bracelet.  At Nancy Bonig’s studio you can watch the various steps in creating kilnworked glass and even create your own!  This year you can meet the alpacas that provide the fiber for Barbara Ziek’s  home décor and art clothing. See how Dan Rieple makes wood bend to his will at his  furniture  workshop!  Mediums of creative expression include oil painting, wood turning, handmade paper, mixed media mobiles,  metalsmithing, fine furniture making , sculptures in bronze, iron, steel, and paper mache,  ceramics, watercolors, egg tempura, kilnworked glass, scratchboard, jewelry design and fabrication  and fiber arts. You will see how each artist and craftsman has transformed his or her working space with tools, music, books, and specialized materials into their own unique sanctuary, where they find creativity and inspiration.  At some locations  you will even have an opportunity to create your own work of art! There will be demonstrations of technique or tools and guests can enter  drawings for gift certificates to local restaurants and for original works of art by some of the artists!

This is not a traditional studio tour where you drive from location to location just to see multiple artists and finished product!  You will have the opportunity to purchase first rate art and craft at special prices,  but you will also gain the unique experience of watching how and where your collectable was made!

For more information about this event, a list of all sixteen participating artists and craftsmen, and a map to all locations ,  go to

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Nancy Bonig ,


Front Range Open Studios




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