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Made In Lake City

Brilliant colors, awesome landscapes, the captivating energy of tumbling water and crisp, clean air – inspiration resides in and around Lake City, and can be seen in the works of those who “create” in this very special place.

 

Before Lake City was even a town, William Henry Jackson captured his “inspiration” on famous large-plate photographs of the area. Now, over 130 years later, this land still inspires the people who visit and live here: about 10% of Lake City’s residents are artists, craftsmen, or writers.

 

We hope that you meet some of these talented people, and have a rewarding, enriching visit. To ensure the quality and authenticity of your experience, the following criteria were used for inclusion in the Made In Lake City listings:

  • Artists, crafts people, writers, and agricultural producers must live in the immediate Lake City area for at least part of the year.
  • Works or products must be substantially made by the artist or grown by the producer.
  • Artistic works or agricultural products must be available for sale or exhibit in Lake City, either in a retail setting, home studio, gallery, or at shows or markets held in Lake City.

  

WRITERS

Don Alexander
www.donalexanderbooks.com

Under the pen name, "Alex Harold," local resident Don Alexander is the author of three historical adventure novels:  Slumgullion Gold, Slumgullion Greed, and Slumgullion Grit.  Each book  profiles Sheriff Big Jim Booker and his struggles in pioneer-era Lake City.  Don's books are sold singly or as a set, and are available at Western Reflections Publishing, 951 N. Hwy 149, or at Dan's Fly Shop, 723 N Gunnison Ave.


Mary Stigall


The book entitled, Up Here, is one family's story of how they got to Lake City.  The book also contains stories of life in a small mountain town. It is based  on a series of columns of the same name which appeared in The Silver World newspaper prior to 2002; the author still writes occasionally for The Silver World.   Local bookstores carry the book.  Call 970-944-2603 for more information. 


Claude Thormalen


970-944-1480
www.authorsden.com/claudeathormalen

Claude's books include a novel, The Right Side of the Law: Reminiscences of a Federal Narcotics Agent, and an autobiography, The Rising of Orion.  Claude's books are available directly from him by appointment


 

Plants and Produce

Helen Dewey

The Adobe Studio
625 Pine Street
Hours: most days, 10 am to 4 pm, and by appointment: 970-944-2642

Seasonally, Helen Dewey sells organic herbs, salad greens, and vegetables from her garden.  A multi-talented artist, Helen welcomes you to her home studio, where she offers her own handmade books, journals, and notecards.  Helen also offers classes to small groups and individuals.  She accepts work by commission.


Kathleen Whinnery


The Pottin' Shed
324B Fourth Street
970-944-0280
Open May through September, Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
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Kathleen Whinnery offers several kinds of high-altitude annuals and perennials which she grows in her Lake City greenhouse.  Her flowers are ready-to-plant or in planters ready to display.  "These plants strive since they are acclimated to our cooler weather and high altitude."  Look for Kathleen at her nursery at 324 Fourth Street, which features an antique log cabin with a living roof.


 

Ceramics

Pete Main

Cliff House Pottery
1000 N Hwy 149
Hours: During July & August, 9 am to 5 pm.  
Otherwise, by appointment:  970-944-2714
www.petemainpottery.com
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Clay artist Pete Main has been making pottery in Lake City for over 30 years.  Pete makes sculptural and decorative raku pottery, plus a line of landscape designs using colored clay slips on salt-glazed stoneware.  Some of his glazes include local and  Slumgullion clays.

 


Fiber Arts

Helen Dewey

The Adobe Studio
625 Pine Street
Hours: most days, 10 am to 4 pm, and by appointment: 970-944-2642

Multi-talented artist Helen Dewey welcomes you to her home studio, where she
offers her own handmade books, journals, and notecards.  Helen also offers classes to small groups and individuals.  She accepts work by commission.  Seasonally, she sells organic herbs, salad greens, and vegetables from her garden.


Mary Ann Flynn


512 Water Street
And at Storm Front Gallery
By appointment: 970-944-3015

Award-winning fiber artist Mary Ann Flynn specializes in quilted items, including bed quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, quilted crafts, and tiled furniture.  In addition, she offers other fabric crafts, totes, crocheted items, hand-crafted Christmas ornaments and décor.  Mary Ann is skilled in quilt repair, and accepts custom orders.


Amanda & Christian Hartman


Silver Thread Weaving
130 Bluff St
Also at San Juan Soda Company, Third Street Market, Annual Juried Arts & Crafts Festival in July, and Wine & Music Festival in September
970-944-0220
By appointment and when Open sign is out
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The Hartmans weave rugs on an antique loom in their historic home, the Moon House.  The unique rugs are washable, and made from recycled and up-cycled materials.  Many colors and sizes are in stock;  custom orders are welcome.


Amy Humphries


Amy's Hats
at San Juan Soda Company
227 N Silver Street
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Using a variety of wool and cotton yarns, Amy crochets soft and comfortable hats and beanies for adults, children, and babies.  Custom orders are welcome 


 

Glass

Dave Jordan

On Fire Glassworks
467 S Gunnison Ave and Third Street Market
970-497-0887
Hours: Monday Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
www.onfireglassworks.com
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Lampworker Dave Jordan makes a variety of hand-blown glass items, including goblets, beads, jewelry, ornaments, and mystical creatures.  See his colorful artwork take shape as you watch him work at his studio galle


 

Jewlery

 

Leo Jo Lowry & Cindy Bissel


World of Gem Creations
329 Silver Street
Hours:  Summers, Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5
970-944-2722

This mother and daughter team designs their own jewelry, which Cindy then makes by hand.  Leo Jo offers her own line of decorative candles, in which she incorporates gemstones and wood. 


Ken Needham


World of Gem Creations
329 Silver Street
970-944-2722

Master gem cutter Ken Needham spends his summers in Lake City cutting fine gemstones and creating jewelry settings for his stones.  Ken specializes in the "Lone Star Cut," which are stunning Texas stars cut into the facets of blue topaz, the official gemstone of Texas.  In addition to his fine jewelry, Ken can do custom casting, stone cutting, and repairs


 

Leather

Doug Hartman

San Juan Soda Company
227 Silver Street
970-944-0500
Hours: Mid-summer, 10 am to 9 pm.  Early/late summer: 10 am to 5 pm.
www.sanjuansodacompany.com
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With over 30 years of experience, Doug Hartman's specialty is hand-tooled, hand-laced and sewn leather work. See his selection of all-original designs in prime quality leather, including belts, journals and journal covers, checkbook covers, leather covered buckets, canteens, and decorative items.  Doug offers custom work, online ordering, gift certificates, and shipping.

 


 

Mixed Media

Ani Barrie & Mary Carkin

Silver Lynx
306 N Silver Street
Open every day during summer; winters by appointment.
970-944-3019
www.lakecitysilverlynx.com

Silver Lynx features the work of owners Ani Barrie and Mary Carkin.  Their first rule is, "Have fun!"  Their jewelry, fiber art, collages, boxes, paintings, home décor, and hand-knit sweaters fill the store. 


Martha Reyburn


Martha Reyburn Art
1037 Oceanwave Drive
At Third Street Market
Home studio, by appointment:  970-944-2443 year round

Martha's unique offerings include original watercolor and oil paintings, hand-built ceramics, fiber arts, and mixed media.   As a retired art teacher, Martha teaches all techniques to anyone who would like to learn.


 Sally Scott


Scotty Artworks
Custom Murals

www.scottyartworks.com

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Home studio, by appointment:  970-901-8089 year round

Floorcloths, painted furniture, portraits, design details

 

Music

Lake City Stinger Band

Mike Pearce, Director
809 N Hwy 149, Alpine Gateway Center
970-944-0354
www.lakecityband.org

Under the direction of Mike Pearce, the Lake City Stinger Band continues the Lake City tradition of concerts and community service, and encourages performances from guest musicians.  The band is open to all who play a band instrument, or would like to learn to play one.  The band begins its season by performing in Lake City High School graduation ceremonies in May.  Fourth of July performances include the community church service, parade, and concert in the park.  The band presents two concerts in the Armory in July and August, plays for various community events, dedication ceremonies and Christmas activities. 


 

Painting

Adolph Assenheimer

Original Watercolors By Adolph Assenheimer
1441 Balsam Drive
Hours: by appointment in the summer
970-944-0148

Watercolorist Adolph Assenheimer offers paintings of Lake City and the San Juan Mountains in bold and vivid colors.  His paintings tend to be realistic, with a hind of abstract.  Adolph prefers to create his paintings on-site in order to capture the true feel of his subjects.  Call him for an appointment to visit his home studio in Lake City.


Russ Brown


Russ Brown Gallery
223 N Silver Street
Hours: 7 am to 4 pm. Closed Fridays.
970-944-5009

Russ Brown creates acryclic paintings of aircraft, cars, landscapes, and wildlife.  Russ accepts commissions, offers gift certificates, and will ship to your location


Yolie Brown


At Silver Lynx, 306 N Silver St;
Also at Local Artists Exhibit, June 2010
And by appointment: 970-944-2005

Offering impressionistic oils and watercolors of local subjects.


Lisa Gray


Silver Lining Studio
518 Water Street
Hours: 10 am to 3 pm by appointment year round
970-275-4367 or 970-944-2475

Artist Lisa Gray offers fine art on paper, acrylic on canvas, and collage.  Her interpretive landscapes and mythic abstracts usually stem from an "a-ha!" moment of inspiration, resulting in intriguing works. Lisa's studio cabin was built from railroad ties from the historic High Bridge trestle.  Call ahead to visit


Karen Hurd


By appointment: 970-944-2684
www.straightfromtheheartwildlifeart.com
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Karen Hurd is a self-taught wildlife artist.  As a native of Lake City, Karen is
strongly influenced by the local flora and fauna. Karen creates wildlife paintings and prints, pet portraits, and rock paintings of pets and wildlife.  She also makes a series of paving stone paintings, with pet portraits, wildlife, and heart-felt messages.  Karen welcomes commissions.  Don't miss her show opening at the Moseley Arts Center on July 9, 2010.


Jane E. Jones


At Lake City Art Gallery
325 N Silver Street
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.  Open July - September.
Studio open by appointment in summer: 970-944-2794
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www.janejonesart.com

Jane's dynamic use of color and design evokes powerful feelings in her subject matter, which ranges from impressionistic and abstract landscapes, florals, people, and buildings, to non-objective acrylics, collage, watercolor, oil, and mixed media.  Jane's recent awards include the Soutwestern Watercolor Society's 2008, 2009, and 2010 awards.  She is a signature member of seven watercolor societies, and appears in 11 publications. 


Photography

Mary Aymami 

Mary Aymami Photo Greeting Cards
At Slumgullion Gift Gallery, Third Street Market
Home studio: 2081 San Juan Drive
And by appointment: 970-944-0311

Mary's greeting cards are made with actual photos of the historic buildings, local scenery, and wildlife of the area.  Enlargements are also available.


Patrick B. Kelley


By appointment: 970-944-1100
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Patrick creates striking photographs of natural scenes and wildlife.  Taking his camera along on some strenuous hikes into the local mountains, Patrick is able to capture dramatic skies and remote wildlife that few people ever get to see.  Commissions welcome


Greg Ochocki


Greg Ochocki: Nature Photography
At Silver Lynx, 306 Silver St
And by appointment: 970-944-4734 year round

Greg offers fine photography of mountain scenes and wildlife, with a specialty in large mammals, plus underwater scuba, science, and expedition topics.   Greg has a large portfolio of works available via agency.  He is available for contract assignments; client list is available.


Carol Robinson


At Silver Lynx; Local Artists Exhibit in June; One-person Show in August at Moseley Arts Center
And by appointment: 970-209-6204, year round
www.carolsphotos.com

Influenced by her documentary background and extensive travel experiences, Carol's photographic subjects vary widely, from portraits, to icebergs, to historic architecture.  She occasionally uses special techniques, such as long exposures or the use of infrared filters.


Bob Stigall


By appointment: 970-944-2603 year round
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Although he has retired from the photography business (for years he ran Silver Scene Photography) he has a limited supply of black and white prints left.  Limited framing and matting service.  Call his home at 970-944-2603 anytime for more information


 

Wood and Stone

 

Dan Hall


Dan's Fly Shop
723 Gunnison Ave
Hours: Summers from 8 to 6; spring and fall from 9 to 5
970-944-2881
www.dansflyshop.com

Dan crafts his custom fishing rods using high quality blanks and components.  Many of Dan's rods are custom made for individuals, and all are custom fitted for the type of fishing for which the rod will be used.  His rods can be built for any use, ranging from Lake City's smallest stream, to salt water fly fishing, or a New Zealand adventure.


Bob Pierson


Wildlife In Wood
2273 Hummingbird Lane
By appointment: 970-944-0255 and at the Third Street Market

Carving since 1992, Bob specializes in wildlife subjects such as bears, moose, wolves, elk, and big horn sheep, plus birds, trout and a variety of caricatures, like golfers and Santa Claus.   Many of Bob's carvings are mounted on driftwood or incorporated into table lamps.


Mike Young

Signs By Mike
213 Henson Street
970-944-0116
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, year round
www.signsbymike.com

Mike has over 30 years of experience making custom signs for homes, RVs, businesses, and for fundraising efforts.  He is a skilled illustrator and master sand-blaster, able to make quality sand-blasted wood items, etched glass (including custom panels for your front door), and etched rock items.  Order custom-made items through his website; he is happy to ship to your location.