SALIDA, Colo.-"Timekeepers," an exhibit of finely crafted contemporary and
rustic clocks by Salida artist Thomas Franke, is on display at Heart of
the Rockies Regional Medical Center through June 30.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Franke became interested in furniture as
a design student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He began his
career primarily as a furniture craftsman but as the years passed he spent
more time designing on the computer for large furniture manufacturers
and less as a hands-on craftsman. His furniture designs have sold in more
than 70 countries worldwide.
In recent years, Franke has returned to his roots as a designer and craftsman.
"There is nothing more rewarding to me, than taking a concept from
the initial spark to completion with your own hands," said Franke.
"I currently focus mainly on Timekeepers and contemporary chairs,
as these items seem to allow the right combination of function and artistic
All works in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the
proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation.
HRRMC is hosting four art exhibits this year, as part of its mission to
create a healing environment. The hospital displays the work of regional
artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information
on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217.