Meet one of the artists on the Salida Studio Tour

A “maker” since the age of 5 and a crocheter for 50 years, Salida Artist Cheryl Tischer lovingly refers to her creativity as an addiction.

“I love letting ideas leak out and take form,” Tischer said. “It relaxes me, sort of like an addiction  I can’t not do something. I make something every day.”

Tischer is also a musician, publisher, friend, social butterfly, felter and writer. She moved to Salida in 1975. She raised her two kids here. They now live in Denver.

“My favorite medium is … seasonal. Starting in September I do yarn. I get tired of that in February, and I focus on jewelry. I’m not sure if it’s because of my attention span or just that I like to switch gears.”

With plenty of jewelry ready to sell, Tischer has started a new project, named on the spot, “Lil’ Monsters.” These charming, sometimes scary, mostly adorable, two-faced felt creatures draw people in. They are light-hearted, fun and made to hang.

“I love when there’s movement in the room, dangling things. I think it’s good Feng shui, it keeps the energy moving.”

In addition to showing in galleries around town and having a booth at Salida Wine Fest and the upcoming Celebrate Salida, Tischer also started teaching a class this past summer. The series is called Creative SPLAT (Salida People Loving Art Together). The plan is to bring the class back this fall.

Tischer has a small studio in her apartment; she calls it her cockpit. Since it isn’t large enough to host more than one person, she is joining Patti Vincent at her studio for the Salida Studio Tour.

The SST, as Tischer refers to it, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. There are 34 participating artists throughout Salida at 28 different locations.

Like Tischer, there are three other artists who are sharing studio space with friends.

Tischer credited the hard marketing work of Vincent in spreading the word this year.

“There are 34 artists getting along and being organized,” Tischer said, to explain the incredible feat accomplished by the studio tour organizers.

New this year, Pinon Real Estate Group offered their entire gallery for studio tour artists. Art will be on display through the end of the year. The opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Also new this year, the participating artists will take an evening to take the tour themselves.

The tour provides an outlet for locals to experience firsthand the art being created in this creative hub.

“Attend the SST for commerce and inspiration. It is a chance for locals to poke their nose in the art scene without feeling obligated to purchase. It’s good for everyone to see what’s going on here. Art is a big part of the vibe in town.”

Tischer suggested people should grab a friend or two and make a day of it. “Go to breakfast, tour, have lunch, tour, have some wine and tour some more.”