Local Artists Series

We love local art!

Each weekend August 1st-April 1st, we display works from a local artist. The artwork will be displayed in our greenhouse where you can explore some of the finer things in life – art and horticulture. Most pieces are for sale, and all profits go to the artist.

We are currently taking artist RSVP’s for 2019!

Click here to be a featured artist.

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Elena Dearth August 16-19

I am a retired Occupational Therapist.  I started painting several years before I retired.  I love to paint flowers, birds and butterflies with a little bit of “funk”.  I also like to paint special places that I have come across in my life.

My art focuses on Gratitude.

Gratitude for living in this beautiful place.

Gratitude for the beauty I see as I hike, bike, and walk along the Poudre River, Prospect Ponds, and Horsetooth Mountain.

Gratitude for the birds and the flowers that speak to me.

Gratitude that all of these experiences are out my back door.

We live in a special place.

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Trevor Hahn Oct. 4-6

Trevor Hahn is a Fort Collins native and the former artist for The Fort Collins Brewery where he depicted his love of nature and mountains in every image, without most of his eyesight. After total loss of his eyesight, he has learned to adapt and now creates metal sculptures with recycled materials depicting whimsical creatures. Still significant, mountains have become sculptures to Trevor where he feels the textures under his feet and hands while pursuing his other passion of climbing. This has taken him to the far reaches of the world to help out at the Center for Disabled Children’s Assistance orphanage in Nepal and then climb in the sculptural peaks of the Himalayas. Gaining inspiration from these experiences, Kilimanjaro(the highest peak in Africa) is next on his radar and sales will help fund this climb. Never Give Up!

Please check out Trevor Hahn’s Art Through Touch at:

www.facebook.com/TrevorHahnsArtThroughTouch

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Valerie Teska Nov. 2-3

Valerie is a retired PSD elementary school teacher. After retiring, she was finally able to pursue her life long dream of art. After several attempts in different  types of media, she finally found some classes offered at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Gardening and art? It was a match! She is currently enrolled in the School of Botanical Art and can share her love of color, nature, and art with enthusiasm. She is now ready to share her passion with the world. Each painting allows her to spend far more time with the flowers or birds she loves. The curl of a leaf, the shadow under a petal, the transition from light to dark, can all be preserved for far longer than the flower would ever last.

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Herb Miller December 6-9

This mirror is a piece by artist Herb Miller. It has dark wood with a live edge in the center, where the mirror peeks through.

Trees have always been a central part of my life. Growing up in rural Missouri, trees were everywhere – to be climbed, scanned for squirrels, cut for firewood, and used as foot bridges over Spring River. I first saw the inner beauty of a tree in high-school shop when I mistreated a beautiful sycamore board. For all of my adult life, I’ve selected boards, cut, assembled and finished a lot of furniture. My treatment of wood changed dramatically after viewing the work of George Nakashima. I stopped cutting and shaping the wood to become part of my preconceived plan. Instead, I began to honor the unique beauty of each piece, sometimes living with it for a year more as I sought the best way to preserve and display the uniqueness of the wood. My finished work is my personal statement about the wood I love.

The Process

            The wood for each mirror is selected for richness of grain, shape, color and other unique growth characteristics. Using the wood’s natural edges, each piece is trimmed, sanded, finished, and polished to accentuate the natural color and grain. All of my mirrors seek to showcase the natural beauty of the wood as I create functional art.