10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour touts local art, talent

By Hans Peter

Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

Many of Kayo Peeler’s new paintings feature real-world examples of Halloween costumes. She displayed them in the Lincoln Gallery at the 10th annual

Many of Kayo Peeler’s new paintings feature real-world examples of Halloween costumes. She displayed them in the Lincoln Gallery at the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Saturday (Hans Peter / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Loveland Art Studio Tour Co-Coordinator Carolyn Pearce shapes pottery in the window of the 4th Street Gallery during the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio

Loveland Art Studio Tour Co-Coordinator Carolyn Pearce shapes pottery in the window of the 4th Street Gallery during the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Saturday. (Hans Peter / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

If you go

What: Loveland Art Studio Tour.

When: Continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21.

Where: At various artist studios around Loveland.

Cost: Free.

More info: For details or to download a digital guidebook, visit lovelandartstudiotour.com.

There’s no question that Loveland acts as a hub for local art and artists, but to experience both in the same room is an entirely different experience.

Few programs make this more apparent than the Loveland Art Studio Tour, which encourages locals and visitors alike to view artworks and experience the people behind the paintbrushes.

Or muddy hands, in the case of Carolyn Pearce, who spent part of Saturday turning a pottery wheel at the 4th Street Gallery downtown. As the event’s co-coordinator, she said things have taken new shapes in the last 10 years.

“What’s changed? Oh, everything,” Pearce said, fingers dripping with clay and water. “The quality of the artists, the organization.”

She said 10 years ago, a group of local artists threw the event together on a budget of about $4,000. Since those days, more partners and artists have mixed in with sponsors; this year, the event had around $20,000 to spread around.

Loveland painter Marc Jones said sponsorship is what allowed him to display his works downtown this year, instead of at his home near Coyote Ridge Open Space. With vibrant oil works of iconic cars and Colorado landscapes — or both — behind him, Jones explained that many artists are seeking opportunities to show downtown, where foot traffic can be drawn in by the artwork itself.

Live painting demonstrations brought several visitors into the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts on Fourth Street, and perhaps inspired them to pick up supplies of their own.

Loveland artist Marc Jones shows his paintings that feature iconic cars and landscapes during the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Saturday.

Loveland artist Marc Jones shows his paintings that feature iconic cars and landscapes during the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Saturday. (Hans Peter / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

There, Cody Winiecki showed oil and watercolor paintings that featured portraits, some of men in medieval armor. The theme has become an interest of Winiecki ‘s, and he said he paints a lot of real people who participate in armored combat leagues, as seen at Renaissance festivals.

“I just really like the way light bounces off the armor,” he said.

At the decades-old Lincoln Gallery, Kayo Peeler showed paintings of real-world packaged Halloween costumes, her most recent venture on the easel.

Those who walked in got a kick out of the paintings, many of which presented strange breaches in cultural norms. On the table before her, she sold some of her older landscapes, and she said she’s not the only artist to completely change styles multiple times in the last 10 years.

Cody Winiecki displays his paintings at the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts during the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Saturday.

Cody Winiecki displays his paintings at the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts during the 10th annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Saturday. (Hans Peter / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

“Loveland’s really got a lot of artists, and a lot of art,” she affirmed. She motioned to some of her recent paintings of downtown Loveland locations, many of which have changed since the paint dried. “And things are changing all the time.”

Hans Peter: 970-635-3630, hpeter@prairiemountainmedia.com