Saguache Sagebrush Quilters Sew -N- Soak
The Saguache Sagebrush Quilters’ annual retreat took place September 30 – October 3. This is the third year for the group’s Sew -n- Soak weekend which took place at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.
The weekend was led by Pam Jernigan, a notable landscape quilter from Texas who taught a series of classes and techniques over the weekend. Jernigan was assisted by Laura Clary an artistic quilter from Georgetown, Texas.
The group came together to share ideas about coordinating fabrics for their own natural landscape quilt. The weekend gives quilters the dedicated time necessary to push their projects towards completion.
Jernigan’s journey to quilting is an incredibly interesting story and has a local connection.
“In 2014 I made my first quilt – a landscape quilt of a friend’s garden in Crestone,” explained Jernigan in an interview with Saguache Today during the retreat weekend. “I love working with different kinds of fabrics and textures, including sheer fabrics, yarns, and other embellishments.
Jernigan has won several awards in quilt and art shows, as evidenced in her one-of-a-king royal Princess which stretches 9 feet in length and carries a stoic beauty while inviting you to reach out and touch he colorful feathers.
Participants turned creative while each made their own landscape wall hanging under these instructors’ guidance and encouragement. Kits which contain fabrics appropriate for landscape scenes were provided for a minimal fee.
Ladies who didn’t realize they had creative skills, surprised themselves and were happy with their results. Watch for a display of these artistic will projects at the 2017 Fall Festival and Quilt Show.
On Saturday evening a delicious Mediterranean dinner was served by Lynn Ertle a member of the club and local caterer. Soaking in the hot mineral springs was a delightful way to end the day and relax tired muscles.
Quilt members wish to thank the public for all their support in so many ways. Proceeds from ticket sales for the quilt drawing help to defray the cost of hosting the retreat each year. Donations of fabric are also greatly appreciated and some of these fabrics are used to make “comfort” quilts which are given to community members who may need some comfort at certain times.
Movies: One Being Filmed, One Being Shown Locally
If you haven’t heard by now, there is a movie crew in town that has been filming in the Saguache area this month, with an additional two more weeks of production scheduled. So get ready for your CLOSE-UP!
Two Plains & a Fancy, is a satirical, experimental “Spa Western” set in 1893. The new feature film by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn (L for Leisure) follows a group of tourists searching for the most perfect hot springs in Colorado, and finding only ruins. To date, the group has filmed at the Valley View Hot Springs as well as Cow Town in Saguache County. While it’s not exactly a full-on Hollywood production, the film makers have been enjoying the valley’s natural beauty and putting some money into the local economy through lodging, food and gas needs during their stay.
According to the crew’s Kickstarter Campaign, which is put in place to help raise funds toward the project: The two of us (Lev and Whit) have been making films together for the last twelve years. We started off making these snotty low-fi 16mm ‘satires’ with friends an d…we’re pretty much gonna keep doing that forever. So far our two most major projects have been Blondes in the Jungle (2009) and L for Leisure (2015). Both films are period pieces that mix straightforward narrative and jokes with experimental techniques that de-naturalize and recontextualize the stories. Sublime desert landscapes, hapless intellectual conversations, and elaborate sensual bathing rituals clash in this subversive, joyfully anachronistic “Spa Western.”
Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art
For many inquiring about the creative mind, they want to know when the artist’s gift began. Were you born a gifted sculptor? Or was your ability to create with water colors a learned, carefully-honed skill? And the truth of the matter is that the answers to these questions are often just as beautiful and interesting as the artist herself.
So for art-lovers wondering about Saguache artist Judith Page, and the genesis of her colorful, often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.
“Yes, I got caught doing that on more than one occasion,” recalls Page during a recent visit to the Magpie Gallery at the corner of 4th and San Juan. But perhaps that childish indiscretion was more the result of the artist’s self-described upbringing in a “poor” section of Washington, D.C., rather than a desire to deface her girlhood bedroom. After all, most artists work with what they have, right?
However, these days Page’s meager beginnings seem as far away as her birth place, and nowhere is that more apparent than in her Magpie Gallery, which pleasantly assaults the senses from the moment you cross the threshold. But this time, the payoff comes from the rich vibrant colors used in Page’s mixed media illustrations, many of which are also available as hand illuminated prints.
Page has been producing & selling her artwork in the San Luis Valley since 1998. According to the Magpie Gallery website: Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.
“My art reflects a way of seeing the world with a sense of wonder, where anything can happen, where things are a little askew,” Page explains on her website. “I hope to excite a sense of curiosity in my viewers, that they might look at the world a little differently.”
And if Page’s art helps people to see the world a little differently, then her business (and life) partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to people on the corner of 4th and San Juan. In fact, it’s that deep sense of texture that visitors to the Saguache art studio connect with the moment they enter which prompts another childhood desire: to run their hands across the rows and rows of unique and one-of-kind beads. While many in the San Luis Valley know the Coombs name as the third generation printer and editor of the Saguache Crescent, Dean has been collecting African beads and ethnographic artifacts for 20 years, much of which is on display and/or for sale at the Magpie Gallery.
As one art enthusiast expressed during a recent visit, “I’m surprised to see this kind of African collection in the middle of nowhere; it’s lovely!” And no doubt the word has gotten out, as collectors from around the region now seek Coombs out because of his rare and diverse collection of art, particularly his vast selection of high quality beads.
Combined it makes for one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley. See it for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 5th Annual Hollyhock Festival is happening this Saturday, July 30, which makes for another perfect combination: blooming gardens and beautiful galleries – do you need a better reason to stop in to Saguache Today?
The Magpie Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. (Closed for the winter from January – April except by appointment). 324 4th Street, downtown Saguache Colorado. Call 719-655-2650.
“The Good Life” Opens in Downtown Saguache
It’s Summertime in the San Luis Valley! So what better way to celebrate “The Good Life” than with an art exhibit with the same name?!
This Saturday, July 9 is the official opening of “The Good Life” exhibit at The Range gallery in downtown Saguache. While Brooklyn NY artists Kathryn Kerr and Sophy Naess might live hundreds of miles across the country, it will be their 5 week visit to the San Luis Valley that will be highlighted at the show.
The art opening will be held tomorrow from 4 – 6 p.m. at The Range gallery, 307 4th Street in downtown Saguache.
“The Good Life” takes its title from a book by Helen and Scott Neating, who staged a strategic withdrawal from New York City in the 1930s and moved to rural Vermont. They arranged their days so that they could spend four hours doing bread labor, four hours working with the community and four hours pursuing independent interests. They self published pamphlets of their philosophy of non-exploitation, sustainability and social justice in everyday life.
According to an article in this week’s Saguache Crescent newspaper, artists Kerr and Nepsy have been impressed by the unique circumstances presented to them by The Range Gallery. Both are visiting from Brooklyn and the exhibition offers a record of their past five weeks in Saguache.
“The Good Life” offers a multi-media documentation of the people, places, and things the artists have encountered during their trip. Cultural events such as the art opening are the good fruits of many efforts. And that includes a generous lodging donation. While the visiting artists were here, they stayed at a home owned by Saguache artist Judith Page, in what is locally known as the Judy House, a place where visiting artists can come together and create.
The art exhibit will run through August 15. The Range gallery 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 set an appointment. 646-734-1373 or Adriennegarbini@gmail.com
Open Call for Artist, Crafters for Saguache Arts Festival
The summer art-lovers season is in full swing. And the same goes in Saguache Today, as artists and gallery owners throw open their doors, prepared for the high-traffic season of visitors and art lovers to the San Luis Valley. So get ready to be inspired!
If you haven’t been to 4th Street in downtown Saguache in a while, you’ll be surprised. And the local business owners and organizations, along county and local officials are ready to show off their hard-sought efforts of improvements. And it shows!
One of the upcoming events in August which will be held in downtown Saguache is the 7th Annual Saguache Arts Festival. The date is Saturday August 20 and at this point organizer Adrienne Garbini is making an open call for artists and crafts people in Saguache, who would like to participate in the event to get in touch with her. Adrienne Garbini is with The Range Gallery in Saguache. Call 646-734-1373 or Adriennegarbini@gmail.com.