Arts and Crafts Inspiration in Boulder, CO

Posted: September 9th, 2010 | Filed under: Art excursions near and far, Inspirations | No Comments »

Last weekend my husband and I attended a wedding in Boulder, where we stayed in the charming neighborhood of the Colorado Chautauqua National Historical Landmark. This lovely place at the base of the Flatirons is full of adorable Arts and Crafts style bungalows, like the Missions House where we stayed, which got me thinking about the Arts and Crafts movement.

If you are curious about this period of focus on craftsmanship and egalitarianism in art and architecture, there is a great article at There I found this lovely quote from the artist William Morris: “I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few or freedom for a few.” What a wonderful sentiment! If only all of us had equal access to all three. If you love utilitarian art and lofty ideals about the aesthetics of everyday objects, the Arts and Crafts movement is really inspiring and interesting to learn about.

Boulder is a rather inspiring corner of the world aside from its connection to one of my favorite art historical periods. In fact, most people go there or live there for things like hiking, biking, climbing, and otherwise exerting themselves just for fun. While I am often moved by the sight of a beautiful mountain or rock, I rarely think, “Gee, I want to attach myself to a rope and haul myself to the top of that thing.” But, this is what my husband and his friends spend much of their free time thinking about, so of course there was some outdoor adventure associated with this wedding trip to Boulder.

While I did not climb anything, I did hike along with the crowd and took note of the incredible textures of the mountains that are so different from my beloved Appalachians. Here are a few photos of the scenery I found inspiring on the trip.

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