Latest News – May 31

Saguache’s Byron Williams Art Show in Del Norte

Saguache artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery, Byron Williams has a special exhibit on display just a few miles south of Saguache Today. Williams’ Retrospective Art Show will be showing at the Rio Grande County Museum at 280 Oak Street in Del Norte from May 25 – June 25, 2016.

Saguache artist Byron Williams will exhibit a Retrospective Art Show in Del Norte this month. Photo: Smith Market Gallery

Saguache artist Byron Williams will exhibit a Retrospective Art Show in Del Norte this month. Photo: Smith Market Gallery

Here are all the details from our friends over at Museums of the San Luis Valley! Take note of the special June 11 reception for Byron – no doubt many “Sagtowners” will attend!

The Rio Grande County Museum in Del Norte, Colorado will host a show devoted to the work of artist, Byron Williams.  Byron runs the Smith Market Gallery at the corner of 5th and Denver in Saguache.  The museum’s exhibit will have examples of Williams’ work, going back 40 years including baskets and gourds of many patterns and styles.

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.

IMG_0025Gourds 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.

The show will be available for viewing from May 25 – June 25 with hours on Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The reception for the show will be held Saturday, June 11 from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.  The public is invited to come and enjoy the work of Byron Williams.

The museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte, Colorado, just south of the only stop light on Highways 160 and 112.  For more information, please contact the Museum at (719)657-2847 orrgmuseum@riograndecounty.org.  

Saguache Artist Byron Williams' Smith Market Gallery is located at 301 5th Street in Saguache, Colorado. If you can't make the show in Del Norte, be sure to stop in the gallery this summer!

Saguache Artist Byron Williams’ Smith Market Gallery is located at 301 5th Street in Saguache, Colorado. If you can’t make the show in Del Norte, be sure to stop in the gallery this summer!

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