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Latest News – September 5

Festival Celebrates Art, Artists in Saguache Today

The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival was held on August 19, featuring an array of creations and crafts.  This year’s festival featured more than 20 artists with music and food throughout the Town of Saguache. And the weather was perfect!

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Teri Rills stands beside the stump-carved sculpture outside her studio in Saguache during the 8th annual Saguache Art Festival held August 19.

More than 200 attendees got to roam the galleries, shops, and studios, featuring some of the regions finest from Kelsey Pedersen, to Teri Rill, to Riff and Marilyn Fenton.

“It was a good turnout,” said Barry Van Sant, President of the Saguache Chamber of Commerce who presents the annual event, now in its 8th year.

New participants this year include Ramblin’ Roy with his assemblage sculptures and Ruby Creek Press’ photographic postcards of Saguache. Old favorites include Saguache’s award-winning Fiber Artists and Quilters.

The Fentons had a live pottery demonstration at their studio on San Juan down the street from the Magpie Gallery, where local musicians kept the vibe alive as visitors shopped for exotic African art as well one-of-a-kind whimsical creations.

Byron Williams kept festival-goers entertained at the Smith Market Gallery with his gourd-eous work, while across the street Teri Rill’s studio, proudly displayed the tree trunk carved into a bouquet. The event was a true celebration of the burgeoning arts scene happening in Saguache Today.

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Stephanie Beuchler (left) and Barry Van Sant (right) hold down the booth for the Saguache Chamber of Commerce which presents the annual Saguache Art Festival.

Another component to the 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival that saw a huge spike in numbers was participation in the 4th Annual Saguache County Photography Contest.

“We’ve never had so many entries,” said Sarah Fernandez who has organized the event from its inception. With a total 125 photos from 29 artists, 75 voters had a difficult time selecting their favorites in each of the nine categories: Action, Historical Buildings, Landscape, Local/Current, Pets, Series, Wildlife, Miscellaneous,  and Miscellaneous/Organic.

And perhaps as a testament to tradition meeting up with technology in Saguache County, the Grand Champion Photo – “Round-Up” was captured by Josiah Brinkley from his iPhone! For complete Photo Contest Results:  CLICK.

Fernandez also wanted to make mention of a few supporters of this annual event, from Mary Morfitt with the United Methodist Church who provided the venue for the exhibit, to Stephanie Beuchler with the Wapiti Coffee House for donating camera accessories to top winner and Barry Van Sant with the Saguache Chamber for donating $50 for the Grand Champion Prize. And finally, thanks to the Town of Saguache for proving the grant money that helps make the annual event possible.

“Thanks to all the exhibitors and voters who make this event bigger and better each year,” stated Fernandez. “I hope you keep coming back; Keep taking pictures!” Participants should note that there will be a few minor changes to the contest, as well as additional categories for next year. Stay Tuned!

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With a total 125 photos from 29 artists, 75 voters had a difficult time selecting their favorites in each of the nine categories: Action, Historical Buildings, Landscape, Local/Current, Pets, Series, Wildlife, Miscellaneous, and Miscellaneous/Organic. This year’s contest, which is held in conjunction with the Saguache Art Festival, had a record number of photo entries.

Chamber’s Speaker Program: Computers, Cleaning

Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with its popular speak program, welcoming Brenda Garcia, Owner/Proprietor of Bear Claw Computers and the Westwind Cleaning Company. The presentation beings at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.chamber logo

Brenda Garcia, a Saguache native and longtime resident, has offered to share her story at the next Chamber meeting. A few years ago, Garcia started Bearclaw Computers in Saguache to help fill the need for local computer services. Garcia services desktop and laptop computers, configures and troubleshoots computer networks and internet access, and she provides data security services as well. Some of her notable clients at Bearclaw include Saguache Works and the Town of Saguache. she also recently began the Westwind Cleaning Company performing all cleaning services for commercial and residential and even auto detailing. Westwind Cleaning Company provides, for example, commercial cleaning services at the Joyful Journey Spa.

Come and hear Brenda Garcia speak about herself, her businesses, and hear why she has decided to remain here in Saguache and provide these valuable and needed services to the community. Brenda is from a long line of Saguache natives and her family extends back to the original settlers of the Town. Maybe she’ll share some insight into the town history as well!

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

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BECOME a Chamber Member! Saguache Chamber President Barry Van Sant provides an update regarding Saguache tourism during the San Luis Valley Tourism Association held at Adams State University on February 21. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

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Latest News – August 19

Art Festival in Saguache Today!

The 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival will be held today Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This year’s festival will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache.

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The Saguache Arts Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 in Downtown Saguache.

Saguache Art Festival maps will be available throughout Downtown. The Saguache Hotel will display art and antiques, 4th Street Diner will feature local artists and always amazing pie. Antiques Etc. will have eclectic antiques and local glass art. The Fentons will do a live pottery demonstration at their studio on San Juan around the corner from the Village Pub, serving up pizza, pasta and a full bar. The Magpie features Judith Page’s mixed media artwork and artifacts from Africa and the Middle East. The Range will exhibit painting by Gaby Wolodarski, an artist from Montevallo, Alabama.

Around the corner visit Smith Market Gallery to see the work of Byron Williams, maker of baskets and embellished gourds. Across the street from Smith Market is Teri Rill’s studio, with a tree trunk carved into a bouquet. More artists and crafters will be set up at tables throughout the Downtown area. 

The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.

Meet The Artists:

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Saguache artist Kelsey Pedersen Photo: June Savage.

Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist art. Kelsey Hauck displays paintings, collage, sculpture, 100’s of works on paper, and antiquities throughout her 1886 storefront building.  Hauck has lived throughout the Southwest and has traveled widely in Europe. She came to Saguache in 1993 with her late husband Doug Pedersen.

Pedersen and Hauck met in 1966 in New York City when he hired her at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s first Education Department. Both artists have a strong interest in philosophy, classical music, education, and organic food. Their artwork deals with the human condition.

A world-renowned artist, Hauck has made Saguache her home for more than two decades. Today, she continues to create works of collage magic, and is happy to have visitors to her studio, The Hauck/Pedersen Fine Art Gallery located at 313 – 315 4th Street in downtown Saguache. www.hauckpedersen.com

For the serious art collector the journey to this 100 year-old mercantile building provides a face to face interaction with the art and the unique environment in which it was created. So next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop in and see what people have been talking about for years!

Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art 

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

In honor of next Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival, here’s the next Meet The Artist story, featuring the Saguache artist and owner of the Magpie Gallery, Judith Page

For art-lovers wondering about the genesis of Saguache artist Judith Page’s colorful, and often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.

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Artist and owner Judith Page writes up the receipt for another satisfied customer at the Magpie Gallery located in downtown Saguache Today.

“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?

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

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. From the array of colors used in Page’s mixed media illustrations, to the cross section of textures in the glass and wood beads adorning the windows and walls, as well as the hand-woven decorative baskets and rugs, visitors tend to forget they are in downtown Saguache!

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 partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to 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, producing that childhood desire to run one’s hands across the rows and rows of one-of-kind beads.

And 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 more than 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.

Come and see one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival is happening this Saturday, Aug. 19 – 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.

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The Magpie Gallery stands as an anchor to the ever-growing arts and cultural district in downtown Saguache. Business is flourishing on 4th Street!

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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.

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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!

Latest News – August 12

Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art 

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

In honor of next Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival, here’s the next Meet The Artist story, featuring the Saguache artist and owner of the Magpie Gallery, Judith Page

For art-lovers wondering about the genesis of Saguache artist Judith Page’s colorful, and often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.

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Artist and owner Judith Page writes up the receipt for another satisfied customer at the Magpie Gallery located in downtown Saguache Today.

“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?

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

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. From the array of colors used in Page’s mixed media illustrations, to the cross section of textures in the glass and wood beads adorning the windows and walls, as well as the hand-woven decorative baskets and rugs, visitors tend to forget they are in downtown Saguache!

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 partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to 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, producing that childhood desire to run one’s hands across the rows and rows of one-of-kind beads.

And 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 more than 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.

Come and see one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival is happening this Saturday, Aug. 19 – 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.

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The Magpie Gallery stands as an anchor to the ever-growing arts and cultural district in downtown Saguache. Business is flourishing on 4th Street!

Saguache Art Festival Celebrated August 19

Calling all art lovers, artists and anyone who has been wondering what’s happening in the arts scene in Saguache Today!  Next Saturday, Aug. 19 is the 8th annual Saguache Art Festival and everyone is invited to this fun, free festival in the heart of downtown Saguache.

 This year’s festival 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