Art enthusiasts and interior design fans may cast their eyes toward Silverthorne this week. The Home Essentials Interior Design Center, nestled inside MWA Design on Blue River Parkway, will host its first gallery show event, featuring the work of two local artists and several workshops geared toward art and design inside the home.
“What we really want to do is let the community know that we have a nice place to come and take a look at some great art down in Silverthorne,” said Jill Creager, interior design services and custom framing expert. “We’re trying to get a nice art presence here.”
MWA Design features artwork and design by Summit County artists, including a large mural painting and bas-relief installment by Bonnie Norling Wakeman. The Art and Design Show focuses on Wakeman and painter Barrett Edwards.
The free event begins Friday evening at the design center with a reception of wine, cheese and hors d’ouevres. It is also a chance to meet and speak with Edwards and Wakeman.
The show will take place throughout the day Saturday and includes workshops by Wakeman, Edwards and Creager.
Edwards’ workshop will consist of an oil-painting demonstration. She is well known for her oil landscapes and is a practictioner of plein air (outdoor) painting. Edwards and her works have traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and the Bahamas.
Wakeman’s specialties lie between large mural paintings and her own particular brand of sculptural wall murals, an example of which can be seen ascending the staircase at the design center. Her workshop will explain what her mural and sculptural artwork are and where they are the most effective in the home — usually oddly shaped spaces where traditional artwork is ineffective or difficult to place.
Wakeman said she hopes her workshop will give attendees a new outlook on the design possibilities in their own homes.
“When they walk into their house (afterward), they’re going to see potential for something a little unique or different,” she said.
Creager’s workshops will focus on tips and how-tos of custom framing. The combination of the three, Wakeman said, will give participants “a full-rounded choice on how you can put art in your homes in so many different ways.”
Each workshop will be held twice, so it’s possible to attend all three. Questions and discussion are encouraged.
Creager said she would like the Art and Design Show to be the first of more to come, and hopes that it will foster further conversation of art and design in Summit County homes.
“We’re really hoping to attract people who are interested in supporting the arts,” she said.