Latest News – August 16

Voting Open for Art Festival Photo Contest

YOU be the judge! If you’ve ever dreamed of putting on the white gloves of inspection and sharing your creative opinion with others in a way that can really make a difference in the life of a Saguache photographer, then today’s one of your last chances. At least for this year!

Saguache United Methodist Church

Saguache United Methodist Church is located on the corner of 6th and Christy Streets in Saguache.

Vote for your favorite pictures entered in this year’s Saguache Art Festival photo contest. This year’s entries are displayed in the Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church and are open for viewing and voting from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. today, through this Friday, Aug. 18. This year’s entries are all very interesting, lively and beautiful pictures!

Then be sure to stop by on Saturday, Aug. 19  during the Saguache Art Festival to see everyone’s favorites. Now in its 8th year, this fun, free festival in the heart of downtown Saguache is open to everyone. Come and see what’s new in the lcoal arts scene.

 This year’s event will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artwork will be on view in galleries, shops, studios, and outside, with media demonstrations during the day and a photography competition held at the Methodist Hall. Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist collage and painting. New participants this year include Ramblin’ Roy with his assemblage sculptures and Ruby Creek Press’ photographic postcards of Saguache. The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival is presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.Art_social media_Saguache Today copy

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.

Byron Williams Saguache

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.

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; just like the artist!

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