This past weekend, the Loveland Art Studio Tour provided a rare opportunity for the public to gain a rare glimpse into the private studios and galleries of over 50 different community artists.
This year marked the second anniversary of the self-guided event, which allows people to buy directly from local artists while learning the story behind their creations.
Angela Canada-Hopkins’ “Cancerous Art” was one of the highlights of the tour, and all proceeds from its sale during the Tour will be donated to the ongoing efforts to build the Poudre Valley Hospital Cancer Center in Fort Collins.
In addition to her interpretations of cancerous cells, Canada-Hopkins displayed messages of prevention, health, encouragement, and hope on the walls of her studio for people to view alongside the art. This combination provided a surprising opening for conversation and connections between complete strangers who have been impacted by this disease.
“The art had a powerful effect on some people who attended the tour,” Canada-Hopkins said. “One family had recently lost their 17 year-old son and grandson to cancer. They started talking to me about it and we were all in tears by the end of the conversation.”
Sales of Canada-Hopkins’ prints and art work from the weekend generated $300 for the future Poudre Valley Hospital Cancer Center.