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Saguache News – July 9

Art Lovers: Catch the “Last Train” Before It’s Gone

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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

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.

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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.

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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 – October 25

Parent/Teacher Conferences in Saguache Today

The Mountain Valley School parent/teacher conferences are set for today and tomorrow, October 25 and 26. Parents’ visiting time with their child’s teacher(s) are available from 4 – 7 p.m. each night or schedule an appointment.

It's Parent Teacher Conference time for Mountain Valley Schools.

It’s Parent Teacher Conference time for Mountain Valley Schools.

“The teachers are excited to share data assessments, grade reports, portfolios, and information about your child,” said MVS Principal Travis Garoutte.

In addition, all parents who attend conferences will have the opportunity to WIN an Amazon Fire Tablet, which can be used as an educational tool at school and home.

The more teachers you visit, the better the odds of winning. Each parent will receive a card to be signed by teachers. For every teacher signature a ticket will be entered in the drawing. Three tablets, (elementary, middle, and high school ) will be given away!

Also, the Science Club will be having a fundraising dinner tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 4 p.m. The Future Business Leaders of America will host the dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Please join the school district in an educational evening and secure your chances to win a free Amazon Fire Tablet!

Remember NO SCHOOL on Thursday, Oct. 27. For more information, call 719-655-2578. 


Win a Fire Tablet when you attend Parent/Teacher Conferences today and tomorrow, October 25 & 26 at Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache, Colorado.


Dias de Los Muertos Student Art Exhibit Friday

Recueda los antepasados: Remember the ancestors, the ones on their journey.On Friday, Oct. 28 there will be Mountain Valley School (MVS) student art work on display at The Range in downtown Saguache. Join the seasonal celebration of Los Dias de Los Muertos with an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.. Food and beverages will be served, with introductory comments and ceremony at 6 p.m.


Last year’s “Los Dias de Los Muertes” art display focused on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Additionally, the MVS art students invite the community to contribute photographs of loved ones who have passed, special objects in remembrance of their interests, or a favoite food to share.

Items can be dropped off on Friday between noon – 4 p.m. . Personal items can be retrieved at the end of the exhibition.

The Range is located at 307 4th Street in downtown Saguache. The Los Dias de los Muertos will be on view through November 10. To see it for yourself, stop by, ring the bell, or call 646-734-1373 to schedule a visit.

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Latest News – July 8

“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?!

In May, New York Photogrpaher and Writer Ariel Goldberg presented her exhibit "Straight Photography" at The Range in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today

In May, New York Photographer and Writer Ariel Goldberg presented her exhibit “Straight Photography” at The Range in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today

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.

Entitled "Aaron Carter and Johan Björk", here's an original piece by artist Sophy Naess

Entitled “Aaron Carter and Johan Björk”, here’s an original piece by artist Sophy Naess

“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