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Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Let's Raise Heck And The Roof At The Bell Tower Art & Antiques Auction

What's as big as a breadbox, but helped a worthy Florence non-profit and made my kitchen extra snazzy? Why a breadbox of course.

Yep, I scored this vintage beauty (for a great price) at the last Florence Arts Council Art & Antiques Auction.

I have it from a reliable source (one of the best antiques dealers in Florence) that the donations to the auction this year might surpass the quality and variety of past sales.

Not only can you score some treasures, but you'll be a part of helping "raise the roof" for the new roof fund at the Bell Tower Cultural Center--one of Florence's treasures. And you can raise a little heck by outbidding others for this great cause.

Now don't be telling me you'll even dream of missing the Sept. 30 auction.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Florence, Colorado: #IFoundYouInFlorenceColorado Artisian Marsha Bell of Canon City

Who did I find in Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado, this time? Florence has a campaign, #FindItInFlorence, designed to showcase all the things one can find in Florence. On this blog, I also highlight who I  find in Florence and what they are doing with the things they find in Florence. I think you'll agree, many people who come to Florence have interesting dreams, goals, hobbies and memories they seek to celebrate with objects found in Florence.

                                                         Marsha Bell Of Canon City

This time I found Marsha Bell of Canon City in Florence. She's holding a miniature cowboy hat and a pair of cowboy boots.

Of course, we couldn't resist asking her what she planned on doing with her purchase.

Marsha said she's been fascinated with miniatures since childhood. But this Canon City artisan isn't just content with arranging and collecting miniatures in an ordinary fashion.

"I arrange antique miniatures in unique antique containers," she said.

She uses antique radios, televisions, refrigerators and other vintage items as the showcase or framework for works of art.

                                                         Photo courtesy of Marsha Bell

Marsha gave a vintage TV (pictured above) new life by creating a magical scene of a North Pole bakery.

"I purchase many of the items I use, in Florence," Marsha said.

Also a registered nurse at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, and an instructor at CNA classes in Florence, Marsha estimates she puts at least 50 plus hours into each creation.

Her nostalgic vignettes aren't for sale, but Marsha has been entering her work at the Pueblo State Fair for about five years. She's won several Best Of Show ribbons and earned three first place ribbons.

                                                        Photo courtesy of Marsha Bell

The scene of a Victorian Christmas, framed by part of an antique icebox, won Marsha a Best of Show award at the fair.

Marsha is inspired by a variety of themes for her art work, but primarily concentrates on Christmas scenes. "This all started from a memory of me as a child looking down a banister at Christmas..."she recalled.

The magical memories of her childhood Christmases are celebrated and honored every time she goes on a search for new miniatures and antique backdrops.

I'm just glad, even though Marsha doesn't sell her work, that she chooses to share her love of good memories, antiques and miniatures with everyone by displaying at the fair, and readily sharing her story with us in Florence.

What is Marsha's newest project that she was in Florence hunting for miniatures last week?

She'll be working on a barn scene (complete with that cute hat and cowboy boots) set in an antique school desk.

I'm hoping when the antique school desk is completed we'll get a picture to share on the blog. We always love seeing all the fascinating things fascinating people do with the treasures they find in Florence!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Florence Consignment Corner: Another Reason To Visit Antiques Capital Of Colorado

There are dozens of reasons to visit Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado. Tons of antiques, art and gift stores. Peaceful walking-friendly streets. Friendly people. Great eateries. Fantastic outdoor art. Fascinating architecture. History and more!

Well, here's yet another reason: Florence Consignment Corner. The new business is located at 202 E. Main St. For locals, that location formerly housed the Napa Auto store. Now the space has been transformed into a venue for antiques, art, jewelry, bargains and much more.

According to FCC's Facebook page at: the business will host an open house from April 1 to 7. Many spaces have already been rented out, but there are a few more available. Who knows what treasures will be found?

April 1 is a great day to get one's walking and shopping shoes on, because in addition to the FCC open house--there will be a citywide Very Foolish Sale and a citywide yard sale in honor of April Fool's Day. Those sales are slated for March 31, as well as April 1.

The Florence Consignment Corner will be open seven days a week from 10 to 6. Phone number is 719-671-6746.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Bell Tower Cultural Center Class With Loralie Harris

One of my many hobbies (besides trolling antiques stores for bargains) is to highlight (translated brag bodaciously) about all the wonderful people in Florence and the fun things to do and see here.

Florence is the official antiques capital of Colorado, but also has one of the most vibrant art and cultural communities anywhere.

Obviously that is due to the talented and dedicated artists here, but it's also due to the efforts of countless volunteers at the Bell Tower Cultural Center, a division of the Florence Arts Council.

Several months ago, Florence welcomed Loralie Harris, a world-known textile designer, with fabrics and design components in fabric venues across the USA and world. Loralie purchased the former Iron Gate Antiques Mall at 109 W. Main St., which is now The Loralie Antique Mall. The mall also houses (upstairs) the Loralie Boutique, the only place, besides online, that stocks all her fabric designs.

And now folks will have an extraordinary opportunity to not only meet Loralie and learn about her creative world through samples and poetry--but have the chance to attend a class where she will teach participants how to make a 3-D Loralie Doll.

Yes, these elegant 3-D Loralie Dolls use vintage hankies for their skirts and using an open work design, Loralie will show class attendees how to color the the dolls and attach the skirts.

This project has many applications. The dolls can become free-standing figurine, a mobile, centerpiece, table decoration and so many other decorative functions.

The doll silhouettes will be provided as well as the vintage hankies in the kit, which is $10. Class cost is $20. The class is limited to 16 and the deadline to sign up is Feb. 8. The class is slated for Saturday Feb. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bell Tower Cultural Center at 201 E. 2nd St. Sign-ups can be made by stopping in the Fox Den on Main. St. or calling 719-784-2303.

While we are on the subject of Loralie Designs, here's another sample of Loralie's work, not associated with the doll class, but available at The Loralie Antique Mall.

This little doggy potholder is one of the most commented on by visitors to the mall. The fabric is available to make your own aprons, potholders, curtains, totes or whatever suits your creativity. He's also available in already sewn potholders. And Loralie Designs make it easy for people to sew their own items with many designs in kits with complete instructions.

More information on other Loralie Design items is available in previous blog posts and at:

UPDATE: The class has been changed for Feb. 18 from the 11th and the date on the poster is incorrect. More information on Loralie's Feb. 18 class and other wonderful concerts, classes and cultural opportunities at the Bell Tower is available at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Florence Colorado: Start Spreading The News

Let's face reality. Most small towns in Colorado (or anywhere for that matter) don't have big advertising budgets.

Florence is the official antiques capital of Colorado. True. But how many people really know that?

What I do know is that visitors to Florence are often the ones who attempt to spread the news far and wide about what exactly is in Florence.

Today a regular visitor to Florence stopped by ye olde antiques shop and told me she took a nice pile of brochures to her hometown of Colorado Springs. Now I won't mention if she took it to the Chamber of Commerce or the Visitor's Bureau or a similar organization. I know. But around here we don't kiss and tell. We just kiss.

All this lady hoped to do was spread the word about Florence. She has no connections to Florence other than she loves to visit regularly from her home in the Springs, about half an hour's drive away.

She was told that unless she was a member of the organization, she would be unable to leave any brochures.

This enthusiastic Florence booster was undeterred and told two volunteers at unnamed organization that she'd leave them some brochures for their own use. She then asked them if they knew what was in Florence. No, neither of them knew.

Of course, my jaw dropped. I lived in the Springs for over 20 years and knew about Florence many moons ago by virtue of hopping in my car and exploring--without reading an ad or brochure or word of mouth.


So, thanks to the customer today, who told me her story about spreading the news of Florence, Colorado.

And don't you dare tell me you haven't heard of Florence, Colorado. Either read the rest of the blog for just a glimpse into the town. Or go to the Florence Chamber of Commerce page. Or Google Florence. You'll be surprised that a town of under 4,000 has so much going on.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Florence, CO: Frolicking Fairy Designs--Pure Magic

I've often said that I suspect there are more talented folks "hiding out" in Fremont County than most any other place in Colorado. And when I stumbled across Frolicking Fairy Designs recently--I knew I was on the right track with my theory.

As most blog readers know, I am relatively new to Fremont County and I just wander around and pick up posters or business cards as I explore--and just write about whatever catches my fancy. It's all for fun and free--and subjects of blog posts, rarely know I am writing about them.

Well, I've always been a fan of fairies, gnomes, gardens and woodsy-type creations. And Frolicking Fairy Designs has that all covered--and more. Please check out Frolicking's Facebook page at:

It's one of the best Facebook pages I've ever come across and really gives a good sampling of how talented Kimberly Janousek is.

You can get more information on how to contact her about her creations at the Facebook page and also view some of her creations at Antique Warehouse, located at 110 E. Main St. in Florence. Yes--that's the place that has lots of nice Western items, farm fresh eggs and cool collectibles and artwork.

This is a morning glory fairy bed. Totally cool! You can read about the fortunate young lady who was the recipient of this Frolicking Fairy Design at Facebook.

A beautiful fairy garden.

And an intriguing gnome stump house. Trust me--this is just a small sampling of the creations of Frolicking Fairy Designs.

The owner of Frolicking may be reached at 719-432-0871. She specializes in fairy artwork and gardens--but does special themes and artwork upon request.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FLORENCE, CO: Tour of Spirit Riders

Spirit Riders, located at 111 W. Main St. in Florence--the antiques capital of Colorado, is one of the more interesting local shops. And that's saying quite a lot, since all of Florence's shops and galleries have many unique features.

The shop is owned by Barb and Barry Brierley. Barb is the force and organizer behind the 2nd annual Escape In Time To Steampunk And Wine festival that is a fundraiser for the historic Rialto Theater, which was built in 1923 as an opera house.

And Barry is well known for his many historic fiction novels. Spirit Riders specializes in his books and also his original artwork--some of which has graced the covers of his books.

Our goal on this blog is to take a virtual tour of every shop in Florence--so let's see what happening at Spirit Riders.

A display of Barry's novels. He covers the gamut--from Native Americans to Bass Reeves, a heroic African-American lawman. Barry is often at the shop, ready to autograph a book and share about his research and passion for historical fiction, based on facts and research.

Western boots of most every style, color, size and vintage are always in stock at Spirit Riders.

And there is steampunk galore at Spirit Riders, from dresses, skirts, blouses, hats, corsets, goggles and much more.

Steampunk, western, Victorian, wedding-appropriate clothing... Spirit Riders has it all covered.

And you can always stop in an find out more about the steampunk festival coming up on April 9 and 10.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Florence, Colorado: Exciting New Jewelry Class With Kat Brumitt At Bell Tower Cultural Center

The Bell Tower Cultural Center, located at 201 E 2nd St. in Florence, always has a lineup of classes for all ages, skill levels and interests. This month the class offerings include a Viking wire weave class with Kat Brumitt.

Class participants will learn how to make a bracelet using a traditional technique used by the Vikings.

Pictured above are just a few samples of Kat's artistry.

Kat's class in Viking wire weave is scheduled over two evenings, May 6 and 7, from 6:30 to 8. There is a $25 class fee and the $15 materials fee includes all the supplies, including wire, findings and stones.

The Bell Tower Cultural Center is a division of the Florence Arts Council.

Those wishing to be a part of this class or any others, should sign up for classes by calling the Fox Den at 719-784-2303 or stopping by the shop at 123 West Main St.

True Story Club will have a feature story on local artist, Kat Brumitt in another blog post.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Florence Colorado: Copper Canon Bead And Art Gallery Gears Up For Steampunk

Copper Canon Bead and Art Gallery is one of Florence, Colorado's newest treasures. The shop has a bedazzling selection of beads, accessories, artwork and collectibles.

But when I stopped in the shop, owner Marcene Martin and her mother, Marilyn Nall, were busy working on art projects other than bead work though.

Like many artisans in Florence, they were also gearing up for the Steampunk Festival, planned for April 11 and 12.

  Marcene displays a steampunk piece she was working on, as her mother works on an alcohol paint project

Copper Canon was located in Canon City, but semi-recently relocated to Florence at 108 S. Pikes Peak Ave. The shop in on a side street, but can also be accessed on Main St. by walking through Florence Antiques.

Every time I visit with Marcene and Marilyn, they are usually working on a project for the shop. Copper Canon has a family feel going on. Often other members of the family can be found at the shop working on a project, or just visiting with each other and customers and browsers.

I'll stop back at Copper Canon to give a blog tour of the excellent selection of art work, beads, jewelry and other interesting items tucked away at this unique shop.

Copper Canon also host a variety of classes, including beadworking, alcohol painting and other pursuits. Marcene said the classes are usually by word of mouth and well attended.

For more information on classes and schedules, Marcene may be reached at 970-333-1773. Copper Canon also has a Facebook page at: Coppercanonbeadandartgallery@facebook.