Now in its ninth year, the Salida Studio Tour will feature 31 local artists in the Salida area, extending 15 miles from Salida into Howard and Poncha Springs. The two-day Salida Studio Tour, is this weekend, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Sept. 28 and 29.The inaugural event was launched in 2011 to showcase local artists and invite the community into their creative spaces.

Salida Studio Tour Artists (Photo courtesy of Salida Studio Tour)

An always-popular kick-off reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Pinon Real Estate Group, 201 F St. , The event will allow visitors to meet the artists and get a preview of what to expect on the Salida Studio Tour.

Ark Valley Voice had an early opportunity to enter stop number 26 on the studio tour, the home and working studio for artist PJ Bergin of Studio 126.

Bergin works with mulberry paper, made in Korea, that she fuses and sculpts into large hanging wall-pieces. Bergin most recently published an article in September about the Salida Studio Tour in Colorado Central Magazine, introducing the history of the Salida Studio Tour and describing what visitors can expect at the event.

PJ Bergin’s, Neptune – In the Deep (Photo courtesy of Studio 126 www.pjbergin.com)

In addition to explaining the intricate details of her creative process, Bergin shared the history of the 1890 building where she lives and works, as a contributing structure to Salida’s Historic and Creative District. She focused on what opportunities it has provided for her artwork.

“We have it set up a little bit differently [than other artists might], due to the benefit of having the open “Salon” area out [in the heart of the house] to display artwork. Typically, I work fairly large, so I have all those [tall] walls to display my artwork. We have taken our private collection down, so I can display my artwork there this weekend.”

Bergin said, “Some of my first priorities [in designing my studio] were that I wanted to have my own sink, where I have running water. [I wanted it ] to be totally contained, where I could work here all day long and never have to leave it. Large tables, tall enough for me where I could work comfortably and have tons of storage. And of course, great natural light.”

“The beauty of studio tours is that every single [stop] will be different as to what people will see.” said Bergin. [From] “the setup [artists have and] how some [artists] quite literally work in their living space. I think a lot of it even dictates what kind of art you can create.”

The weekend Salida Studio Tour provides an opportunity for art and history lovers alike to engage with the creative community of Salida and to feed their curiosity about how and where local art is made.

Those looking for more information and a downloadable brochure for the Salida Studio Tour can visit www.salidastudiotour.com.

Salida Studio Tour Map (Photo courtesy of Salida Studio Tours)