Pallete knives and paint brushes on a table in artist Barbara Rogg Maloy’s studio in the Prospect neighborhood of Longmont on Tuesday. (Photo by Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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Like many area artists, Barbara Maloy has long loved her home in Longmont’s unique Prospect New Town neighborhood. But one space within her home, she said she always felt, held a particular potential.  So last year, she hired a contractor to finish that space and turn it into an art studio.

“It’s downstairs, but it’s got big windows and sunshine and high ceilings,” Maloy said. “And I thought, well it’s too good to waste. Now it’s a wonderful place to work.”

Local art lovers will get a chance to see the space for themselves — as well as the abstracted landscape paintings Maloy creates inside — this weekend as Maloy welcomes the public into her home studio for the first time as part of the Prospect Artists Studio Tour.

The two-day event, in its 12th year,  will provide participants a chance to go tour the homes and studios of 16 artists who either currently or formerly lived or worked in Prospect New Town. The fairly new urbanist development in south Longmont is characterized by a mix of traditional and modern homes and prides itself on a focus on walkability and creativity.

Though communities in and around Boulder County are home to several studio tours, Prospect Artists Association President Audrey Wilcox said this particular tour is unique because all of the stops on the tour are a short walking distance from not only one another, but also near the unique shops and restaurants in the Prospect community, making the tour a fun day out this weekend.

Then there’s the homes themselves, which are often just as much a part of the attraction as the art.

“The houses are so unusual here,” said artist Suzan Hatch, who is also participating in the tour. “Everyone likes to go into the different houses just to see what’s in there.”

What they find often surprises them, Hatch said. She said her mid-century modern house, for example, looks modest from the outside, but contains “12-foot ceilings, huge windows, lots of light and just the unexpected everywhere.”

In order to up its ante, several additions and revisions have also been made to this year’s tour, Wilcox said. Those include bringing in two pedicabs to shuttle visitors between tour stops and parking as well as creating a passport program allowing attendees to get stamps from the different artists. The event’s time has also been changed to make it a more evening-centered event.

“We find it does get so hot and so we thought, let’s try something a little more festive and a little different,” said Wilcox. “That way people can wander the neighborhood a little easier.”

Artist Barbara Rogg Maloy in her studio in the Prospect neighborhood of Longmont on Wednesday. (Photo by Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

The tour provides the chance for visitors to peruse the creativity of the Prospect community’s many resident artists who will be displaying jewelry, woodwork, photography, paintings and fabric works.

Hatch will be showing her three-dimensional mosaics, which incorporate a range of materials that include glass, ceramics and stones, like amethyst. Maloy, meanwhile, said she has been influenced by her career in architecture when she creates the shapes that make up her landscape paintings — which have become larger in her new studio.

Maloy’s newest series consists of paintings that she begins by drawing a big black circle onto a canvas.

“Doing that just opened my mind,” she said. “Landscapes are just spilling out of the circles.”

For example, a green box that she draws next to the circle may become a forest with additional shapes following and stacking themselves into landscapes.

“When I think a painting is finished, what I see is balance and harmony,” she said.


If You Go

What: Prospect Artists Studio Tour

When: 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Prospect New Town neighborhood located at the intersection of Highway 287 and Pike Road in Longmont

Cost: Free

More Info: prospectartistsassn.com

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