If you’re travelling to Ridgway, Colorado and you enjoy strolling through an art gallery, you’ll have to stop by the two unique art galleries in town. Each art gallery is very different with unique items from local artists. The Sunrise Southwest art gallery has more of a southwest flair while the Amber art gallery has bright, vibrant paintings.
As you’re driving Highway 550 through Ridgway, you’ll come to the only set of lights in town at the intersection of Highways 550 & 62. By taking Highway 62, which is also Sherman Street in Ridgway and the main road, you’ll easily come to both art galleries.
The first art gallery that you’ll approach is Sunrise Southwest which is located on 257 Sherman Street. The art gallery will be on your right just after you go over the bridge across the river. Located in a little strip mall, Sunrise Southwest has many beautiful items.
Sunrise Southwest is owned and operated by Larry who is more than knowledgeable about the art work and its artists. Larry will be more than happy to give you any background information on the artists he has in his shop. Sunrise Southwest does have a website at www.sunrisesouthwest.com .
As you enter Sunrise Southwest, on the left are some beautiful southwest metal paintings created by Bernie Granados, a Native American from California. Actually, you can see his artwork in the picture above. Granados also has several oil paintings on display.
In the above picture, you can also see wood scupltures carved by David Caricato from Pueblo, Colorado. Caricato’s wood sculptures have a Northwest flair and every sculpture comes with a mask that you can either display separately or put on the sculpture.
Other local artists that have their works of art on display at this art gallery include George Kernan who specializes in bright oil paintings; Ilene Greene makes jewelry and watercolor paintings; Barbara Kendrick has pastels on display at this art gallery; Romajean Personne has very pretty oil paintings on display; Michael McCullough has bronze sculptures on display, and Vincent Lausen is a local photographer who has several prints of the scenic Ridgway area on display.
This art gallery also has several national artists on display; Sharon Falk from New York displays her brightly colored paintings of hummingbirds and wolves; bronze sculptures by Ella Marolf and Preston Duwyenie are also on display at this art gallery.
There is plenty of Native American turquoise jewelry at this art gallery. Necklaces, earrings, belt buckles, rings, and bracelets are available here. Silver jewelry is also available. As you wander through this art gallery, there are unique items such as magnifying glasses from carved deer antler. Native American pottery is also on display along with woven baskets.
Sunrise Southwest is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm, except Sundays when it’s open from 1 pm to 5 pm. For more information, just call them at 970 626-3163.
Amber, Art & Boutique
The second art gallery in Ridgway, Colorado is located on 195 South Lena Street just a few blocks away from the Sunrise Southwest Gallery. Take a right out of the parking lot at Sunrise Southwest, and two blocks down take a left on South Lena Street just after Mountain Market.
Amber, an Art & Boutique Gallery will be on your right at 195 South Lena Street. Amber art gallery is owned by a woman named Amber Pope and you’ll most likely find her Dad, Sid on duty in the shop. Sid is quite a character and loves to meet people. He has many local stories to tell and will gladly answer any questions that you may have.
If your preference is for bright, bold colors then you’ll enjoy this art gallery. There are two main artists displayed in this art gallery and both use bright, vibrant colors for their artwork. The paintings of Leland Holiday and Cynthia Sampson are eye-catching and brilliantly displayed. You’ll also find handmade scarves, sweaters, knitted dolls, socks, and ornamental bowls that are made by Amber and her mother.
Leland Holiday is a Navajo painter who began pencil drawings at the age of seven. He was inspired by Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, and Jean Michele Basquiat. He paints in bright colors and most of his artwork is of animals. His work is very bright and eye-catching.
Cynthia Sampson is a local artist in Colorado who also uses vibrant colors for her pastels and acrylic paintings. She paints animals and one of Cynthia’s pastel paintings of three horses is now the wine label on 14 Hands wine bottles. It’s a brilliant label on a dark bottle that looks spectacular. You won’t find the wine bottle on display at this art gallery, however, you can look for it in your local liquor store.
Amber Art & Boutique is open 7 days a week; Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am-3 pm. You can reach them at 970 626-4048.
Source: Personal Experience