Hydrants get people in the flow of Boulder art
When you're wandering through the Fall Festival on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall this weekend, be sure to look down. Not at your feet, but at the nine fire hydrants decorated by local artists as part of Paws for Art, an event designed to raise awareness of Boulder's Open Studios, a self-guided tour of the private studios and workplaces of 135 professional artists. "We want to get more people interested in the arts in a fun and easy way, because many people are intimidated by galleries and art museums," says Open Studios executive director Gary Zeff. "Boulder is so big on dogs, and dogs are tied in everybody's mind to fire hydrants, so it seemed like a natural fit."
And after perusing the large painted fixtures, which can be found between 11th and 15th streets, head over to the Open Studios stand on the corner of Broadway and Pearl to vote for your favorite; while you're there, pick up more information on this year's studio tour.
The ninth annual Open Studios will be held the first two weekends in October. To learn more, visit www.openstudios.org or call 303-444-1862. -- Julie Dunn