Creative craft

Handcrafted gifts are not only integral to cultural and historical traditions worldwide, but considered by many to be superior to mass-produced, store-bought ones. On December 8, local artisans and instructors bring the Arts District to life once again for Handmade Holiday, the annual event from Breckenridge Creative Arts that embraces craft tradition in all its forms.

“I’m a huge recycler,” said Paige Sheuermann, who teaches art to children from toddlers to age 12 at the Breckenridge Arts District. “I like to teach kids you can make a lot of art with the stuff you have lying around.”

Sheuermann, who has a small hobby business called Haven Heart Studio that makes the rounds to local farmers’ markets, creates everything from small bottle cap magnets to big wooden signs with sayings hand-painted on high-quality wood scraps rescued from local construction sites. She will run an ornament-making activity at Handmade Holiday, while also exhibiting her own work.

Throughout the various studios and facilities on campus, instructors will display a range of handmade works, from glass-blown and metal-smithed objects, to ceramics, painting, drawing, textiles, photography, and sculpture.

Adorning the outdoor spaces between the studios will be a first-time sculpture commission by Caroline Drew, who graduated in fine arts from Western Carolina University in 2017 and worked as an art consultant for Raitman Art Galleries before taking on a position as a printmaking instructor at the Arts District. Drew creates whimsical creatures from upcycled wooden shipping palettes, which she cuts into smaller shapes and refines with a band saw into “swivel shapes” that she forms into large-scale sculptural animals.

“We are looking to highlight our local artists and instructors,” said Nicole Dial-Kay, Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects. “We want to invest in the local community, to invest in local artists.”

Along with the instructor showcase, there will be some lighthearted “caroling karaoke,” replete with hot cocoa and Glühwein (hot mulled wine), at Gallery@OMH on Main Street, coordinated with the Lighting of Breckenridge and its notoriously silly Race of the Santas.

Handmade Holiday //

Photos by Joe Kusumoto