Upon entering the studio and gallery of Peter Durst, the creative energy is palpable. Visitors are greeted with a collection of his large, architectural, hand-built clay pieces that delightfully fill the gallery area, boasting strength and whimsey. Resident ceramicists and students are hard at work in the back, clearly enjoying each other’s company, with peals of laughter and chatter echoing throughout the space. As an artist who has studied under Durst for several years, Niza Knoll decided to bring some of the infectious energy he has created into her own Gallery. Niza Knoll Gallery will showcase hand-built clay works by fellow students, and by Durst himself, in a new exhibit entitled “Atelier Durst”, on view from July 19- September 21, 2019 at 915 Santa Fe Drive. The public is invited to an artist reception on Friday, August 23rd from 5-8 pm and to visit during regular gallery hours, Wednesday–Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday 1-4, First and Third Friday, 5-8 pm.
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Exhibiting artists are Joyce Anttila, Peter Durst, Nancy Enyart, Trish Gans, Niza Knoll, Amy Laugesen, Julia Mulligan, Gulnar Rawji, Holley Sanford, Mark Stokesbury, Carol Warzel.
The simple definition of the French word Atelier is: “an artist's or designer's studio or workroom” The atelier tradition however is a practice that reaches back to Renaissance Italy in which a master artist opens his studio to a select group of dedicated students, assistants and apprentices who would work together producing pieces of fine art released under the master's name or supervision. The practice waned in popularity the 19th century, as the art academy became a preferred method to train burgeoning artists, but remains today in a modern form, as a way to pass down artistic knowledge. The term and tradition remains common in the fashion industry.
In 2009 Niza Knoll Gallery opened in the Art District on Santa Fe at 915 Santa Fe drive. The gallery specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Through a partnership with Kingman Winery the space serves a tasting room for their fine Colorado wines and is proud to offer their wine for sale during art walks and other special events.