The Wet Mountain Valley’s stunning landscape inspires both visiting and local artists. Those who call our valley home benefit from great community support and art-focused events.

Artist Gerald Merfeld began his career at Chicago’s American Academy of Art. After an apprenticeship in Greenwich Village, his career flourished in New England and Illinois. Now a full-time Wet Mountain Valley resident, Merfeld works from his mountain studio and sells artwork at his Westcliffe-based Brookwood Gallery.

Photographer Bill Gillette has made a name for himself capturing the people and landscapes of the Wet Mountain Valley. Trained in aerial photography while in the United States Air Force, he has since photographed for Newsweek, had photographs on display at the Colorado Historical Society Museum and the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C., and taken a photograph named “Image of the Year” by Time Magazine.

Painter Curt Gillespie’s scientific and architectural background lends itself to the detailed style he’s known for. After painting an image’s foundation, he then refines it to create detailed images of nature’s landscapes.

Take a workshop with a local artist or visit the many galleries lining downtown Westcliffe and Silver Cliff. It won’t be long before you realize how art has shaped our valley.