By Chrystal DeCoster
"Not just 'Western' -- Beyond Gift Shop -- More than a Gallery," is the tagline for Western Stars Gallery and Studio at 160 East Main in Lyons. Thanks to tourists from near and far who have 'just popped in,' discerning regional shoppers who have declared it as a regular 'must stop' destination, and locals who depend upon it as 'the go to place' in Lyons for gifts and cards - Western Stars is on the map and celebrating December as its best month yet.
On January 3, gallery owners Chrystal DeCoster and Betsy Hubner attended the 25th Anniversary Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale's Red Carpet Reception at the National Western Complex in Denver. There
they got to witness a huge celebration of art, meet artists, talk with collectors, and share insights with other gallery owners.
Both framed and unframed work by the very sought after Estes Park mid-century artist, the late Judge Ed J. Hummer, is on special sale at Western Stars Gallery (as well as at the Bank of the West in Lyons). For under $400, an approachable original painting depicting inviting western scenes is attainable for art collectors at almost every level.
A few of the notable Lyons artists who are proudly represented by the gallery are Brent Hollingshead, Sally King, Diane Dandeneau, Sharon Denton, Lora Becker, Glynis Cherry, Rhonda Reed, Jesse Bulpett, Mike Shea, and Ron McGuckin. Nationally recognized are other searchable artists currently showcased at Western Stars such as Ezra Tucker, Peggy Judy, Tracey E. Miller, Garrett Schuh, Trish Stevenson, Monte Michener, Gary Gore, and Jack Olson.
As seen on Shark Tank, Western Stars now carries Lovepop sculpture cards for various occasions and are suitable to send as a special gift in an envelope. Available, too, are CBD cannabidiol products made by such local suppliers as Restorative Botanicals. Carried are an assortment of non-psychoactive products, which contain no THC, and are natural easers of pain and lifters of anxiety. Unique Lyons souvenirs available include stickers, shot glasses, postcards, and magnets made by artists Maia Lang and Ruth Wilson. Handmade jewelry, candles, woodcrafts, and more abound.
Stop by Western Stars Gallery and Studio 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday to see an ever-changing array of Colorado made creations for all ages and wages. The gallery is currently closed Monday and Tuesday and considering closure mid-February through mid-March for changeover of their POS system. Watch their Facebook page for details.