Businesses around town host variety of artist events

Locals strolling through downtown Salida this Saturday evening will notice an extra buzz in the air. Visitors may be anticipating the buzz, as it’s likely that Art Walk 2017 brought them to town. No matter why you find yourself wandering the streets of our historic business and creative districts, peek inside any of the downtown galleries and you’ll see just what makes the Salida art scene so unique.

Downtown visitors will encounter artists at work creating masterpieces right inside the doors of their galleries, and all of this artistry will coincide during special artists’ receptions from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

“Salida Art Walk happens one artist at a time, one piece at a time. Artists will be churning out something to offer to everyone who wants to have a little Salida art at their home,” said local artist Sue Ann Hum, Salida Council for the Arts president.

As Michael Varnum, Salida Art Walk chair, pointed out, the entire Art Walk schedule is packed from start to finish with demonstrations and artists’ receptions.


Mark Rittman, owner of The Maverick Potter, spins clay on his potter’s wheel outside his gallery, 119 F St., during Art Walk 2016 (courtesy photo).

3:14 (Pi) to 6 p.m. Puzzles and Pie! at The Maverick Potter, 119 F St. This is the opening reception for the interactive community art project “Puzzling Evidence: New Connections.” Inspired by the phrase, “We each hold within us a piece of someone else’s puzzle,” shop co-owner Suzanne Rittman designed her puzzle and has distributed pieces throughout the Upper Arkansas Valley community. Celebrate the completion of this project with pies of many types and sizes.

4-7 p.m. Four Winds Gallery, 118 F St., Hosts and artist reception with special treats.

4-6 p.m. Serving Slabs hosts an open house and artist reception at 9996 W. U.S. Hwy. 50, Poncha Springs. Derrick Neikam creates functional and visual art from remnant granite, and art made by local Salida children using reclaimed granite scraps will be on display. All proceeds from the show will support Salida Circus.

5-7 p.m. Spontaneous Color Art Reception with PJ Bergin and Fay Golson at Pinon Real Estate Group, 201 F St. Pinon continues its tradition of showcasing fine art, and 20 percent of the proceeds from this event will be donated to local nonprofit Articipate.


10 a.m.-1 p.m. Artist reception at Valley to Valley Senior Care Center, 348 G St. The reception features artwork made by seniors, including quilts, paintings, jewelry, home-baked goods and more.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Pastel demonstrations with Colorado artists at Creative Framing and Blue Water Gallery, 131 E. First St. Featured artists include Martin Bettin, award-winning pastel artist, known for his Western wildlife and equine art, and Marjie Eakin-Petty, recognized for her colorful landscape paintings.

Throughout the afternoon Carl Bork will demonstrate painting at the Bork and Watkins Gallery, 149 W. First St.

1-2 p.m. Acoustic Top Voicing demonstration by luthier Jeff Bamburg at Rocky Mountain Guitar Company, 133 E. First St. Bamburg demonstrates acoustic guitar top bracing, carving and voicing for optimum tone.

1-3 p.m. Dog Life – Animal lovers can immortalize their favorite canine in a portrait by Patti Vincent on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Su Casa! Furniture and Sleep Shop. To sign up, visit

1-3 p.m. Spinning demonstrations by fiber artist Linda Heltzel at Interior Living Designs, 138 W. First St.

2-3 p.m. Pottery demonstration at The Maverick Potter, 119 F St. Potter Mark Rittman will demonstrate the method for throwing pottery larger than 25 pounds.

3-5 p.m. Open house and artist reception at Serving Slabs, 9996 W. U.S. Hwy. 50 in Poncha Springs. Derrick Neikam’s functional and visual art in granite will be on display along with art created by local Salida children.

3-7 p.m. Artist reception with special treats at Four Winds Gallery, 118 F Street.

4-5 p.m. Fusing Glass demonstration at The Maverick Potter, 119 F St. Evelyn Baker will demonstrate artistic techniques used in fusing glass to create landscapes and her Colorado Trail series.

5-7 p.m. Artist reception at The Book Haven, 135 F St. Meet local artists Cary Carlson, David La Vercombe, Nick Avignon, Sibyl Teague and Louise Medved and view their works.

5-9 p.m. Artist reception at Tim Brown Photography/Salida Tintype Studio, 225 F St. Each one-of-a-kind photo crafted in Tim Brown’s tintype studio relies on cameras and techniques from the 1860s. Vintage photographs from Salida as well as local greeting cards and postcards are featured.

5:30 p.m. until you’re done SA-FA-Doo!, aka Sue Ann’s Fine Art Doodling, at Box of Bubbles, 206 E St. In this Zentangle-inspired session participants will create their own black-and-white finished art piece coached by local artist Sue Ann Hum. Pre-register by emailing

6-8 p.m. Salida Council for the Arts artists’ reception at Box of Bubbles, 206 E St. Come view the artwork created by Salida Council for the Arts board members.

6-9 p.m. A Walk Through the Trees, a multimedia exhibit at The Maverick Potter, 119 F St. Mark Rittman and Bailey Brossart team up to create a multimedia work of Raku aspen trees and creatures that lie within. Evelyn Baker also will be on hand to showcase her Colorado Trail series, and the landscape paintings of Tammie Lane from Aspen will be featured.

6-10 p.m. Artist reception: Art and Salvage, 121 N. F St. Artist Jessica Vogel will offer a new series of original paintings on salvaged antique and vintage auto hoods, windshields and rims.

6-9 p.m. Artist reception: Your Inner Child Wants a Playmate at Bungled Jungle, 132 W. First St. An illogical and silly reception that will make you smile and wonder.

6 p.m. to until it ends. The Eclectic Brodeur at Café Dawn, 203 W. First St. Meet Paulette Brodeur, a Salida artist of abstract and expressionistic paintings, at this artist reception.

6-9 p.m. Artist reception for quilt and fiber atist Linda Heltzel at Interior Living Designs, 138 W. First St. Homemade treats will be available as well.

6-9 p.m. Artists’ reception for more than 80 artists including Charles Frizzell, Toni Tischer, Jerry Scavezze and Bailey Escapule at Gallery 150, 150 W. First St.

6-9 p.m. Artists’ reception at Cultureclash art gallery, 101 F St.


8 a.m.-3 p.m. Brunch and artists’ reception at Seasons Café, 300 W. Sackett Ave. Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars welcome you to this artist reception showcasing the “wet paint” works created in plein air during Art Walk 2017.

Noon to 2 p.m. Glass-blowing demonstration by Brice Turnbull in the alley behind The Maverick Potter, 119 F St.

1-3 p.m. Dog Life – Another chance to feature your favorite canine in a portrait by Patti Vincent at Su Casa! Furniture and Sleep Shop. To sign up, visit

Hum summed up the incredible variety of Art Walk 2017 receptions and demonstrations. “Visitors will discover an artistic street atmosphere and the fun and funky town that Salida is; they can pretend that they live here for the weekend. You can hang out at a rooftop bar (305 G St.) and look at the mountains, or get the full range of music – from dulcimer to reggae – around town. The Salida vibe appeals to everyone. Grab a beer, hang out by the river, and get a hint of why we all moved here.”

For more information about the annual event and a complete schedule of artist demonstrations, visit