People who practice yoga in Castle Rock, or anyone who enjoys local art, can find both in one location now that a community business has launched a program to showcase artists from the surrounding …
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People who practice yoga in Castle Rock, or anyone who enjoys local art, can find both in one location now that a community business has launched a program to showcase artists from the surrounding area.
Inner Connections Yoga & Wellness, Rock Salt Therapy & CommuniTea in Castle Rock is now displaying local artists at its 821 Park St. location.
Jeanne Adams, who co-owns the yoga studio with her husband, John, said they wanted to use the business as a venue to support the local art community. They've operated it for 17 years and completed a renovation in the past year that expanded their space and provided for a community area.
“We know quite a few artists in the area and I just feel like there are some places where art can be shown, but there's not always a lot of choice and not always inexpensively,” Adams said.
The first two artists to show work at the studio are Lisa Schwartz, an 11-year student of the Adamses', and David Finster, whose spouse is a client there. The two artists are both Castle Rock residents and will exhibit their work through June.
Schwartz is coordinating the studio's efforts to find more local artists who can display art there on a quarterly basis. Artists who apply would be selected by a jury.
Schwartz considers herself an emerging artist. She has shown her work in Washington and Colorado and studied fine art at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her paintings and drawings are inspired by yoga and incorporate historical references from the discipline.
“I'm trying to master naturalism or realism,” she said.
Schwartz said yoga has helped her manage stress when it arose in her personal life and provided physical benefits. She hopes to one day support herself as an artist but is also a certified yoga teacher.
Finster, a sculptor, has worked as an artist since his college days in the 1960s. He works primarily in bronze and clay to produce abstract figures. Finster holds a BFA from Linfield College in Oregon. His work has been shown in British Columbia, Mexico, Oregon and Colorado. He's also worked as an art teacher for the Douglas County School District.
Finster said his signature piece, “It's about prayer,” was inspired by his experience working as a teacher in a classroom when the Columbine High School tragedy occurred in 1999. The figure's hands are bound together in prayer, although it is not meant to be symbolic of any one denomination or religion, Finster said.
Between 75 and 100 people attended a grand opening for the show on April 5. Adams said members of the public are welcome to stop in the store to view art as artists are on rotation. Finster and Schwartz commended the Adams family for working with artists.
“They just give and give,” Schwartz said.
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