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Karen Barela

Studio #95

2907 55th St., Unit 4B

Boulder, CO 80301

Located at 55th and Pearl

Inspired by graphics used in craft-beer packaging, I incorporate these visual images and words into my pieces. By dissecting, separating and rearranging the graphics from their original function, my pieces communicate a whole new message. I am a huge fan of craft beer and its rich history of independence, camaraderie, and quality. I honor their emphasis on creativity and making drinking a craft beer a social and authentic phenomenon. The fresh and innovative feel of the label designs have influenced me to push my art beyond boundaries in order to be bold, vibrant and funky. I hope to extend the experience of sharing a beer with a friend to include the charm of re-purposing and up-cycling items that would normally be discarded.

By honoring my passions, instincts and individuality, I bring a sense of vitality and emotion to carefully curate each piece to showcase its ingenuity and personality.

Karen has a B.A. with an emphasis in Sculpture from the California State University, Fullerton, and an M.B.A from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Karen Barela
Up-cycled Furniture
Rolling Bar Carts
Craft-Beer Inspired Wall Art, Light Fixtures, Chimes and Signs

Mixed Media, Jewelry


N/E corner of 55th and Pearl

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