There is something about the dramatic beauty of Ouray that draws the artist (no pun intended). As if the natural springs, free from the smell of sulfur, radiate creativity, luring talented hands to interpret.

A new shop on the north end of Main Street has gathered the work of several artists, displaying each piece with love for all to see. A working studio and gallery, run by artists for artists. Heidi Kremeier and Jessica Sickles have always had a passion for art. Four years ago, they decided to take a pottery class with renowned artist Bill Wilson. As they became engrossed with this new form of expression, they also strengthened their friendship, sharing a dream to create and run a shop that featured local artists.

Recently, when the perfect space on Main Street became available, Heidi and Jessica decided to go for it. Working together, they began to transform their vision into reality, and the Purple Peacock was born. After having spoken to only a couple of well known artists, word began to spread, and more came to them, offering to display their art in the blossoming new shop. Now the walls are filled with a collection of paintings and photographs, and the shelves boast a collection begging to be admired.

Talking to Heidi as she works her pottery wheel, located in a small studio section at the front of the gallery, I can see the happiness shine as she shares plans for the future. Throwing classes are not currently planned, but they are in the process of putting together classes to glaze your own pieces. She and Jessica want to make an evening out of these classes, allowing students to socialize while learning a new art.

Those displaying their work are eager to share knowledge as well, with demonstrations planned throughout the year. In fact, the first will be on August 4, from 12 pm to 3 pm, with Ouray artist Betsy Baier demonstrating the art of Saori Weaving! Guests can share a passion for beauty as they watch magnificent new pieces come to life before their eyes! With everything from paintings to pottery, fiber arts, photography and jewelry, even the clothing on display is designed locally!

It seems as if these two ladies have definitely realized a dream. Be sure to visit the gallery while exploring the many wonderful shops on Main Street, you are sure to find a piece that calls to you, a memory to display, and story to tell of the wonderful city in the mountains, filled with beauty of all kinds!



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