The Crestone Eagle • October, 2021

No need to knock: Crestone Artists Open Studio Tour happens October 9 & 10

by Stephen Futral 

with Kim Roberts

Members of welcome you into our art spaces after this too-long period of pandemic social isolation. In 2020 we had to cancel our tour.  This year art lovers and patrons can see many new works that were inspired during the enforced solitude. Visiting artists’ studios is different from a gallery or museum. You can converse with artists about technique, philosophy, creative process, and possibly see works in progress. This is an opportunity to interact “backstage” with artists.

An Open Studio Tour has been a Crestone tradition since 2005. This 2021 tour is the 9th that CrestoneArtists has organized. We are grateful to the many sponsors and patrons whose donations make this tour possible. 

Our 12-page color catalogue is available at sponsoring businesses and throughout the region. View and download it at our website, The catalogue offers a glimpse of the work and background of the 15 participating artists and includes a map to plan your itinerary. Each artist’s entry includes COVID protocol for their studio.

Taking artists in the order of the catalogue, visit first with Stephen Futral aka Ish. He brings his wealth of experiences to his encaustics, acrylics, watercolors, sumi ink, and jewelry. He will be glad to share stories, experiences, and philosophy.  

Next, up Skyview Way, is Noah Baen, whose paintings flow with movement, color, and a sense of delight. You can also view paintings and book arts by his late wife Robin Ross, a prime founder of 

Further up Skyview is Alan Sutherland, an avid musician who diversifies into woodworks and paintings. 

Next are our two resident quilters in one location: Lynn Ertle and Pat Tullos. 

Continuing on, view the colorful innerscapes of Jane Kwan, in collage, cold wax, acrylics and mixed media. Jane’s partner, David Nelson, has a whimsical style using colored pencils and cartoonish features. 

Our next artist, and new to our tour, is Amy Jo Arndt, who creates mixed media art to inspire the freedom to be yourself. 

Next is Josefina Gordh, whose varied background comes through in her passionate works on silks, velvets, and linens. 

Leslie Henslee, who designed the catalogue, is a painter of vibrant visions  in acrylics and drawings. 

Kim Roberts creates western impressionistic landscapes in oil and acrylic, and has been showing in the Front Range and  around Colorado. 

Allison Wonderland creates Wonder-ful earth art installations that are provocative and dynamic. 

Paul Bareis makes sculpture in steel, clay and copper, transforming these materials into lyrical, narrative objects. 

Leigha Nicole, with over 30 years’ experience in brush painting and watercolors, will delight you with her beautiful Chinese Brush Paintings. 

Rose Burek creates wonderful, whimsical, and sometimes musical “Wind Art.” Be sure to visit her sculpture garden.

This eclectic group of artists welcome you to immerse yourself in their creative environments. Come enjoy their hospitality and their magic. Doors are open and welcoming October 9 & 10, noon-5pm.