Art Lovers: Catch the “Last Train” Before It’s Gone
Ramblin’ Roy Smith has been a local on Saguache’s arts scene for years, pictured here (far left) at last summer’s Saguache Arts Festival. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.
As the summer season ramps up into high gear, so does the valley’s art world, showing off its fines at various shows and galleries. And last Saturday, July 7, art-lovers got a special treat with the opening of Ramblin Roy’s Last Train for Freedom Leavin Town.
For readers unfamiliar with his work, Ramblin Roy is a long time cowboy, blues musician, civil rights activist, film actor, public speaker, antiques dealer and self-described hobo. He has traveled the world sharing his stories and art, making his home right here in Saguache most recently he could be seen downtown shares his tales with friends and visitors.
Ramblin’ Roy Smith has been a local on Saguache’s arts scene for years.
In fact readers, may recall his recent tragedy when his traveling home caught fire out at KV Estates. If you missed it, READ STORY HERE. Fortunately, his Saguache neighbors helped him secure a new vehicle and the necessities to get his life back on track.
And what better way to express his gratitue than sharing some of his wonderful creations. Roy’s Last Train for Freedom Leavin’ Town exhibit will feature his sculptures, selections from his archive and photographs of Fort Roy at Royville. A book will be released to accompany the exhibit.
So make plans to come and see the show featured at The Range, in downtown Saguache. But don’t wait too long as this train will leave the station on August 4. Be sure to ring the bell for admittance or call 646-734-1373 to see the exhibition.
The Range Hosting is described as an artist space for exhibitions, events, and visiting artists. It was established in 2015 by Alex DeCarli & Adrienne Garbini. The Range is located at 307 4th Street and visitors are encouraged to ring the bell or by set an appointment.
Call for Artists/Crafters for Art Festival
The 9th Annual Saguache Art Festival will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 18. Local artists and crafters are invited to display, sell, or demonstrate their own work. In past years friends, neighbors and visitors have enjoyed a day of new, unusual and beautiful art and crafts displayed throughout Downtown Saguache.
Teri Rills stands beside the stump-carved sculpture outside her studio in Saguache during last year’s annual Saguache Art Festival held August 19.
A variety of venues are available or you may bring your own set up. If you are interested in joining this year’s event, please contact Kelsey Hauck at 719-655-2670 by July 31 to join local artists in this year’s Saguache Art Festival. There is no charge for participating.
Smith Market Gallery Closes Doors
The Smith Market Gallery is sad to announce that Byron Williams is closing his doors and relocating for health reasons. Shoppers should make sure that they have one of Williams one-of-a-kind gourds in their collection. And at a 20% off, everything-must-go-sale, the stock won’t last long.
Williams has been a main-stay on the Saguache art scene, creating incredible works of art from gourds, big and small. He has also been an intricate part of the Saguache community, serving in many capacities, including his long, dedicated service to the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.
In case you missed it, here’s his story from last year’s Meet The Artist on Saguache Today. You’ll be missed, but never forgotten, Byron!
Meet The Artist
Saguache’s Byron Williams Creates Gourd-eous Art!
Saguache artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery, Byron Williams has a gourd-eous way of expressing his creative side.
Local artist Byron Williams will be featured at this Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival. Photo: Smith Market Gallery
Williams has made baskets out of many materials, most frequently basket reed which is a standard basket making material. He has used grapevine, honeysuckle, tulip popular bark, Siberian Elm bark as well as rawhide, wool rovings and yard, paper and fabric. His talents are shown in a wide variety of baskets from traditional to the uniquely creative freeform styles.
Byron runs the Smith Market Gallery at the corner of 5th and Denver in Saguache and will be one of the featured artist during the 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival this Saturday, August 19. Williams’s exhibit will have examples of his work, going back 40 years including baskets and gourds of many patterns and styles.
Gourds are used for making everything from baskets looking like sculptures to masks and are part of his large collection of art. The art work is accomplished with the use of design itself to the unique painting the color with various dyes and wood varnish, antlers, carving, wood burning and other embellishments. He states that he likes to clean each of the gourds so he “becomes familiar with each one.” Each piece is a one of a kind; just like the artist!