Artists’ Talents On Display in Leadville Today

Broken Arrow 4H Fashion

Leather Worker Featured for 321 Fridays

On Friday, Aug. 4, Harperrose Studios and the Leadville Arts Coalition will present leather worker Lauren Bramhall for the last of the 321 Fridays summer artist series.  Bramhall plans to demonstrate several of the final steps to complete leather rings during the 4-8 p.m. event at 601 Harrison Avenue, in Leadville.

Lauren cutting leather 2

August 4 marks the last 321 Fridays for the summer, featuring leather worker Lauren Bramhall and sponsored by the Leadville Arts Colaition and Harpperrose Studios in downtown Leadville.

A three year Leadville resident, Bramhall has helped Ann Stanek at Harperrose Studios for two years, so many locals are familiar with Lauren and her jewelry.  Two years ago, she began working with leather when her boyfriend bought her a leather ring, and she thought, “I can make that.” She proved herself correct, and has become accomplished making rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants.  Her favorite part is the finished product, as that makes all the time-consuming steps worth it.

In the process, Lauren quickly responds that she has learned, “Patience.” Working with leather cannot be rushed, and Lauren says, “It takes time to figure out and perfect a product. Bramhall calls her style modern Southwestern.  She integrates stones and silver into her work, and she has many new pieces prepared for her 321 Fridays event. Also, it will be possible for someone to actually customize his/her own ring during her demonstration. 

Originally from the Dallas area, Bramhall’s Colorado experience started at CMC Timberline Campus with a AA degree, and will continue this fall as she heads to Western State University to study silversmithing.  This evening provides a great opportunity to give Bramhall a Leadville thank you, and a sincere best wishes as she broadens her artistic future. Keep up with Lauren on Instagram or Etsy: bindandbestow.

Lauren leather bracelet 2

A leather bracelet by Lauren Bramhall

Enjoy Lauren’s work, her demonstrations, and light refreshments on the first evening of Leadville’s Boom Days weekend.  Again, many of the Harrison Avenue businesses will be staying open late Friday, Aug. 4, to promote the arts/artists and just general fun. The Leadville Arts Coalition plans to serve wine, and donations go towards the Kiddie Korral repainting project: Do Something Awesome Today! 

Grand West Supports Local Ceramicist

It’s always nice to see a Leadville business support a local artist directly by using their talents to creat some of their marketing goodies.

So it’s worthy of a note that Grand West Village Resorts (GWVR) new coffee mugs are not only in stock and available for sale in their office northwest of town, but they were crafted by a local favorite.

“We have some beautiful handmade mugs produced by Marjorie Westermann as mementos for Leadville visitors,” explained GWVR General Manager Dave Horning.

Grand West Mug

you can find these beautifully crafted coffee mugs by Leadville artist Marjorie Westermann at Grand West.

Westermann a long time resident of Lake County,  is a local ceramic artist, whose works of art are familiar and beloved in the Leadville community.

It was over a year ago when I first approached her about taking us on as a client, explains Horning.  Unfortunately, a shoulder injury put off her ability to fill an order for over half a year, but good things are worth waiting for!  And just like your visit to Leadville, no two mugs are alike! They can be purchased at the GWVR office for your personal use or given as a memorable gift. Grand West is located at 99 Grand West Drive, north of Leadville.

Ice Palace Pavilion Gets Mural

The pavilion at Ice Palace Park received a beautiful new mural by Leadville Artist Amanda Good. The work was commissioned by Lake County, reported the Leadville Arts Coalition.