Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Fun Stop in Breckenridge, Colorado: Art on a Whim

I love art. In fact, when I was in school, my art teacher was disappointed when I decided to end my art studies and signed up for classes at the local technical school. He’d really hoped that I’d have pursued a career in art, namely jewelry design. He must have seen something in my work that I didn’t because I just didn’t get it and certainly didn’t have the confidence to go on.

art on a whim 006 I’ve always thought of myself as someone that appreciates art more than someone that creates art. Which is why I love visiting art museums and art galleries and I was so excited to literally stumble across a unique, whimsical shop nestled in the midst of Breckenridge on my recent visit to Colorado. Allow me to introduce Art on a Whim, featuring artwork designed to inspire you and make you laugh. 

I loved this gallery for several reasons, one, the owners are so friendly and knowledgeable about the art and artists. They truly love the pieces thart on a whim 005at they sell and it shows. Many of the pieces have personal meaning to the owner, as she shared with me some of the artwork that was created specifically with her in mind.

Like many art galleries that sell fine art, the artwork and artists that are showcased are handpicked, yet I’ve never been at a gallery where the artists have been represented on such a personal basis.  Art on a Whim consists mainly of local artists or artists that have been chosen  because their art is truly remarkable and unique. Each of the artists represented in the gallery are considered to be family as far as the owner is concerned and even stay with her when they are visiting from out of town. Therefore each piece of work is personal not only to the artists, but to the owner as well and her love for art and passion for the extraordinary is infectious.

When you buy a art on a whim 003piece of art, you’ll learn the story behind it. You’ll hear of the artists love for their craft and know that you’ve purchased something impeccable. There really is something for everyone, from eclectic mixed media canvases with glass beads and silk strings that create beautiful Aspen motifs, to fascinating kinetic wood sculptures, to bronze statues, silver jewelry, hand rolled glass, watercolors,  pottery and Paper Mache sculptures. I found the prices to be reasonable and varied; there is simply something to fit any budget.

Art on a Whim is  a store that the whole family can enjoy. Personally, I didn’t see any reason why parents’ wouldn’t be able to enter through its doors with well behaved children in tow. Of course I wouldn’t turn them loose, but you could certainly browse through the collection with your children beside you.  My teens would have loved it and as I walked through, I found pieces that they each would have loved which is what inspired me to purchase this piece as a house warming present, but you’d just have to see our own beloved family pet to see why it is so special.

So, if you ever find yourself in Breckenridge, Colorado, make sure to pop into Art on a Whim, especially if you’re there on the 2nd Saturday of the month where you’ll be treated to appetizers and wine and you may just bump into one of the artists that are showcased in this amazing little shop, which is sure to be a special treat in itself. You’ll find Art on a Whim at 100 N. Main St. If you happen to be looking for a special gift for the art lover in your life, they also offer convenient online ordering at               


  1. WOW What a fantastic place...and visiting on the 2nd Sat of the month sounds like a little slice of heaven! Thanks for husband and i love Colorado and want to retire there!

  2. After my recent trip, I can see why one would consider retiring in Colorado! The summertime weather in the mountains was heavenly!:) However, I'm soooo not a winter person! I guess that would be different if I took up skiing or something, but in the meantime I prefer to stay somewhere that doesn't get a tremendous amount of snow...a.k.a. the South! LOL

    Glad you enjoyed the post, I hope that you can stop at Art on a Whim next time you're in Colorado! Blessings!:)

  3. I love I just need to get my family there! Sounds like you had a BLAST!

  4. Looks like a wonderful little gallery to visit. Hubby and Grace loving art so much this would be right up their alley, of course not sure if we will ever make it that far across the US. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Sheri,I just need to get my family there too!:)

    Diane, I wondered if you'd see this post- I did think of your family as I was writing it up. I met the artist that was there that night to and he's from the Atlanta area! How cool is that? I'll have another post about that experience soon.

  6. Artonawhim BreckJuly 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Hi Tonya!
    I finally stumbled across your blog post about our gallery and am flattered at the time you put into it! Thank you so much for an excellent write-up! We look forward to seeing you in Breckenridge again one day soon.



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