the studio tour approaches- better get those elves busy!

Special events volunteer job finished – check!
Finished helping a former student with her 5th grade art students’ “trash animals”- check!
Garden pretty much planted – check!
Studio intern on board – check!

studio tour painting, Nanci Erskine, grass paintings
a peak at a corner, before this one got stretched. This piece will be in the Studio Tour exhibition at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, opening June 14th

Now, on to getting paintings finished, framed, perhaps some pastels drawings….maybe some prints made… (just met a printmaker from MO, who can show me a new non-toxic process)

I’m lucky this year again to be sponsored by Legacy Land Trust for the FREE weekend artists studio tour. June 22 and 23rd.
AND I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from the weekend to the land conservation efforts of this small but mighty organization.

And…I am looking forward to having some help with studio/documentation/database tasks.
If you come by for the tour weekend, you will meet my intern, the amazing Ali. If you speak Mandarin, she will also make you feel right at home!


A few times a year, I donate my time, efforts, and artwork to some very worthwhile causes:  Legacy Land Trust,  Food Bank of Larimer County / Neighbor to Neighbor, and this year, the local hospital foundation’s Cancer Center.

The Food Bank has a wonderful benefit called The Taste- where basically you wander around a lovely ballroom with wine glass in hand, tasting lots of incredible food samples from local restaurants and caterers.

As part of the evening there is a silent auction- including plates that have been decorated by local artists, and this year- birdhouses.  (Since one of the beneficiaries is a non-profit that helps with low income housing.)

Like painting the transformer cabinets, this is not my normal artistic medium, but it lets me indulge my hidden whimsical decorative demons.   (this one kind of matches my transformer since I used the same paint…). here’s how it went.

Back in the Art Saddle Again…

After a summer that was broken into public art project painting, and trips every two months out to visit my mom in California, I am officially back!

Upcoming, there are two events that have my work included.

The first is an annual silent art exhibit/auction that I have been part of for a good 7 years.

The Legacy Land Trust is a small but powerful local organization here in Larimer County that has helped dozens of landowners set aside acreage in conservation easements. Some of the property is in agricultural production, some is wildlife habitat, all of it is stunningly beautiful.   And, in this part of Colorado, if not for organizations such as LLT, and some local government/lottery money, much of this could have disappeared in the future.

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The second event is the second annual invitational art show and sale, at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (the historic old post office building where my studio can be found!)

As soon as I get them all together, I will post some final images of my transformer cabinets!