Arts & Entertainment – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 20:24:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arts & Entertainment – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 Spin and Weave Week Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:00:46 +0000

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Local fiber artists celebrated Spin and Weave Week last week by meeting at Yamaguchi Park to demonstrate and take part in different types of fiber arts.

Town council discusses art in public places Thu, 15 Oct 2020 10:55:18 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Art was a topic of discussion during a special meeting of the Pagosa Springs Town Council on Oct. 1. 

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Artist’s Lane: Restricted by your own affections Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:00:49 +0000 By Betty Slade
PREVIEW Columnist

Our neighbor advertised a garage sale to start at 8 a.m. That morning, my Sweet Al and I were enjoying our morning coffee and quiet time with the Lord when a woman drove up in a big truck. 

It was 7:15 a.m. and the persona non grata was as angry as a wet hen. She had come to the wrong house as there were no signs directing her otherwise. Our brief interaction that morning was more about how our neighbor had done her wrong because they were not ready for her, yet nothing was said about how she interrupted our peaceful morning. 

Was the early bird with poor navigation skills expecting balloons and a welcome banner?

I said to Al, “It’s just a garage sale, why was that woman so angry? What’s going on with people today?” 

I’m not sure if I have ever become upset, especially with a total stranger, over something that wasn’t mine, something that I thought I had to have. Have we forgotten that our very breath is a gift that has been given to us?

You have, I want. What a coincidence. Unfortunately, there is no such word as “coincidence” in the Hebrew language. You won’t even find the word “have” in Hebrew. 

Things are appointed to us for a reason, God’s reason. We have nothing unless it comes to us. 

This idea changed my heart and the way I look at things. It is only when something has been given to that it then belongs to us. 

We don’t even get to have the sun. It comes for us to bask in its warmth and light, then is taken away until such a time as it can be given to us again. 

Paraphrasing Paul’s words in a letter to the Corinthians, he says, we came with our hearts open to you, and have spoken openly to you. You are not restricted, unless by your own affections. As poor, we become rich. As we have nothing, we possess all things.

Paul’s words tell us that all things have been given to us. In fact, it is only by what we think we have that restricts us. And that is something that we do to ourselves. 

The early rising “garage sale lady” acted like the morning and everything in it belonged to her. I assume that she expected even the neighbors to bow at her command. Had she relaxed and waited for things to come to her, I’m certain things would have played out differently. 

Final brushstroke: Over the years, there were times when I felt like I had to have something. I certainly hope I didn’t impose my wants, however, on the unsuspecting around me. When I think about it, it is in the times that I stopped wanting that I received more than I could have ever needed. It is during those same times that I discovered peace that could be shared, even more so accepted. 

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Pagosa Arts Initiative launches pumpkin-decorating contest Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:41 +0000

Photo courtesy Sherry Phillips

Sherry Phillips
Pagosa Arts Initiative

Things are getting spooky around Pagosa. In the spirit of Halloween, the Pagosa Arts Initiative is hosting a pumpkin-decorating contest. 

Local artists are encouraged to decorate a pumpkin in whatever fashion they desire and submit their design for one of three prizes.

 Buy or harvest your own pumpkin, decorate it and submit two photographs to One photo must include the decorator/artist as proof of submission and one will need to be a close up of your pumpkin for online voting purposes. Voting will take place on

There are three opportunities to win. First prize is a $100, second prize is $50 and third prize will be a $25 credit towards future Pagosa Arts Initiative art classes.

So, grab yourself a pumpkin and get creative. Submissions will be due by noon on Oct. 23. Voting will begin on Oct. 24 and continue through Halloween, Oct. 31, at noon. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1.

More details and guidelines can be found at Good luck and have a spooktacular Halloween.

What is your #1Thing? Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:16 +0000 By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence

You might have heard domestic violence called “the pandemic within a pandemic.” And while this may be true, the reality is domestic violence is a widespread issue regardless of the presence of a global health crisis. 

Survivors of domestic violence face barriers to safety and support regardless of a global health crisis, but there are additional barriers for survivors during this time. In a typical year, one in four women and one in seven men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (CDC, 2017); we know that those numbers are higher right now. 

Rise has seen over a 50 percent increase in requests for services. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. A total of 354 victims were served by Rise in 2019 and, in 2020 so far, Rise has served 335 victims with three months to go.

It can be difficult to know exactly what we can do to support survivors during a time of social distancing and health concerns, but there are still many things you can do. 

Listen to survivors, believe them and ask them what they need. If you know someone who is experiencing violence, often just being there is #1Thing that makes a big impact. Often, survivors feel isolated and unsure what to do; listening can be the most helpful thing you can do. If you’re not sure how to help a friend or family member experiencing domestic violence, we’re here for you, too. Call us at 264-9075 to speak with an advocate about the ways you can be supportive.

Follow Rise Above Violence on Facebook and Instagram and share our messages. Victims and survivors face isolation during normal times and that is magnified right now with the current health crisis. Your social media post might be the #1Thing that makes someone not feel alone. It might also open the door for them to feel safe to reach out.

Join our virtual Art Above Violence event this Saturday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. We can’t be together in person this year, but you can still make a difference. #1Thing you can do is purchase a ticket. The link to purchase is at Tickets start at $15 and all proceeds from this event support victims and survivors right here in Archuleta County. 

During the event, you will get to hear from survivors about their journeys, view amazing dance performances, and hear vocal and other performances based on survivor stories. This event shows the hope and healing that is possible when we come together as a community to support victims and survivors — together we rise.

Tune into our quarterly coffee talk on Facebook Live Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. #1Thing you can do is learn more about Rise Above Violence and the current needs of survivors in our community. The Rise team shares what is currently happening every quarter to keep our community informed.

Join our Snowball Club — As a member of the snowball club, you pledge to support the work of Rise by scheduling a recurring donation of $10 that comes to Rise each month because we know that many small donations make big change. Ten dollars may not seem like much, but $10 covers the cost of one hotline call and when you have many small gifts, it creates big change. #1Thing you can do is give; the cost of two coffees a month ensures that someone in crisis receives that help they need. Learn more at

Join with us and pick your #1Thing so that we as a community come together to lift up victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

We’re still here and still open. For support, call us at 264-9075. Our hotline is available 24/7. Whether the state order is “stay at home,” “safer at home” or something else, it’s always allowed for people experiencing abuse to leave home to seek help. 

Rise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving over 300 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.

Antler sculpture coming to downtown art park Thu, 08 Oct 2020 10:56:01 +0000

Images courtesy James Ferrari
An artist rendering of “The Antler” depicts what will be one of the most prominent pieces at a new downtown sculpture park on Lewis Street, expected to be at least partially completed next year.

By John Fine-frock
Staff Writer

A sculpture park slated to be built next year at the former site of the Adobe Building will feature a prominent piece of art to greet visitors: a large antler.


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Fifth annual Art Above Violence set for Oct. 10 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:00:38 +0000

Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence

By Ashley Wilson
Rise Above Violence 

Rise Above Violence is excited to bring you the fifth annual Art Above Violence show Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is Together We Rise — and ironically was chosen before the all the craziness of 2020 began. For our fifth year, we wanted to highlight the vision of community coming together to support and honor survivors. It will take all of us to end violence in our community; this is not something the survivors can do alone, it is not something Rise can do alone, but together with our community, we can rise above violence.

This year’s event will be hosted virtually to ensure the comfort of all of our community. We are working hard to bring you a beautiful virtual event that both honors the survivors and the artists and will still bring you an evening of amazing art, both still art and performance.

The joy of a virtual show is that you can watch from anywhere. Once you purchase your ticket, you will be sent information on how to see the art and how to bid on the art, and the day before the show, you will be sent information about how to watch. So, even if you won’t be in town Oct. 10, you can still tune in.

Photos courtesy RIse Above Violence
The fifth annual Art Above Violence is set for Oct. 10. This year’s event will be hosted virtually and will again feature both still art and performance art. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

We will have the same great performances coming to your TV or computer. Our dance, vocal, other performances and speakers have been prerecorded in order for you to enjoy their amazing craft. The Rise team and Blue Haas, our amazing emcee, will be coming to you live on our virtual stream. So, if you have attended the show before, we hope to bring you the same level of entertainment and information as to what you would see sitting at the in-person venue. 

To purchase tickets, you can access the link from our website,, or the auction site,–art-above-violence-f82b827918. 

As with all things, we are looking for the silver lining. We hope that this show can reach more people because friends and family can watch from anywhere. The strength and hope that the survivors share and how the art captures their stories can reach far and wide to send a message of hope and healing. More than anything for the event, we strive to share both the reality of what happens in our community but also how we can rise together to end interpersonal violence in Pagosa.

This show means so much to our survivors, sharing their story to help empower others also brings deeper healing for themselves. If you have been following our Facebook event, many of the artists interviewed about their experience creating their work for this show and the impact it also has on them; if you have not had a chance to view, head over to our Facebook Event: Fifth annual Art Above Violence Show. 

Artist Paula Jo Miller included this with her art: “This painting represents my attempt to capture the incredible strength I felt from my partner in this year’s Art Above Violence project. ‘Strength’ has three distinct layers — the first being a backdrop of colors that illustrate the first part of my partner’s life and where she grew up. The second layer, a bleak and barren tree, represents the period when she experienced devastating violence and trauma. The final layer comprises brilliant leaves unexpectedly growing from seemingly dead branches, signifying new beginnings. ‘Strength’ has many intentional imperfections that signify the imperfections of life. The uncolored outlines of leaves, for example, represent hope, growth and change to come.” 

There are many layers to the art, as there are to the survivors’ stories. Please join us in watching and honoring these stories.

The Art Above Violence art is currently up on display at the Tennyson Building and Event Center at 197 Navajo Trail Drive, and is open for public viewing Oct. 7 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. You can also get some help with bidding or viewing questions if you come by the gallery. Come see the beautiful art in person; photos online do not quite do it justice. We are limited in the number of people in the gallery at any one time to ensure the comfort and safety of all who come to view the art.

Art Above Violence is one of four fundraising events that Rise hosts every year, three of which have been canceled. These events are vital in supporting the services Rise provides to victims and survivors in our community. It is also the kick-off event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Other things happening for Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Oct. 6, the week of the show, a town proclamation at the town council meeting will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the town of Pagosa Springs. Additionally, there will be a county proclamation at the county commissioner meeting on Oct. 20. Look for the purple ribbons on main street and join us for our virtual Coffee Talk on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. — held on Facebook Live. 

Rise is a nonprofit organization which promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence. Rise provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving over 350 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit for more information or call 264- 9075 to talk to an advocate today. If you want to be part of the team to help those in our community, volunteers for advocacy are always needed and welcomed.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in their home, please call 264-9075. There is help. You are not alone.

Artist’s Lane: It takes pruning to flourish Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:00:34 +0000 By Betty Slade
PREVIEW Columnist

My Sweet Al woke up sad the other morning. He said that Whiskey had been on his mind all night. “It will be a tremendous loss when she goes. She’s the only one who understands me.”

After 60 years of marriage, she isn’t the only one who understands him. But I know who holds his attention and I’m OK with it. 

Our devotion that morning was appropriate for the day. Some things will pass from our lives,and others will be taken. It spoke about a tree flourishing by being pruned. While it may give the appearance of loss, it is necessary in order to create space for other things.

Take a tree, for example. In order for it to grow stronger, smaller branches and leaves have to be removed. This also allows it to bear fruit by localizing nutrients. An unfruitful limb can hinder the overall health of a tree. 

We had a friend from Arizona who visited us over the course of many years. She always brought sacks of lemons for us to enjoy from a tree in her backyard. She didn’t bring any lemons to us last year. The weight of all the excess branches caused the tree to split down the middle, killing the tree and all its fruit. Needless to say, it was a great loss, something that could have been avoided with a little bit of spring and fall maintenance. 

Just like a tree, we all need to have some of our dead limbs cut back every now and again. It can be painful and unwelcomed, but they will weigh us down if we are not aware. 

Look around. How many things are you holding on to that are sucking the life out of you? What have you resigned to over the years that is destroying you?

For me, it was something that created a fear in me. Something that I carried from my childhood that I thought I had dealt with long ago. The Lord, the true gardener, had to cut out some things in me that were hindering my peace. 

After much prayer and faith, that thing I didn’t even know I was holding on to was finally removed. By thinning the branches that could have toppled me, I was freed from a weight that entangled me. 

I remember thinking, why now, in my later years? Why did it take so long for that thing to be revealed and removed from me? Perhaps it wasn’t the right time until now. 

We all experience loss. But it is that from our yesterdays that help us to grow beyond where we were. Truthfully, having our limbs cut can be painful and even cause us to think of ourselves as weak. I find hope in the quote, “We never know how strong we are until it becomes our only choice.” 

So, how does it look to flourish as we age? Are we taking advantage of the years we have, removing those things that are holding us back? Maybe it is just a matter of finding the branch we can hang our hat on while letting go of others. 

I don’t have any noble sense to turn back the years as some may desire. I just want to live the fullest of the days that have been appointed to me. That can only mean one thing. Being present as we trust in God. And that is more than mere words. It is a matter of abiding in him. Drawing from him the life he gives by letting go of everything else that hinders us. 

A tree can only grow from its roots. Even then, its fruit can only grow if it is fed. 

Jesus said, “Abide in me and I will abide in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” — John 14:4.

I have long told my family that if even I can’t get out of my chair, I can still pray to be strengthened and to strengthen those around me. 

Final brushstroke: If we are not mindful, twigs can begin to grow in and around us and hide where we are weak. Unless the master gardener comes in and cuts them back, we may never know our own breaking point. Fortunately, God promises us in the book of Psalms, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing.” 

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CUP’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’ Concert Series available online Sun, 04 Oct 2020 11:00:55 +0000

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Kaitlen Smith as Eve in Curtains Up Pagosa’s“Children of Eden,” 2018. The community theater organization recently released its “Stayin’ Alive” Concert Series online.

By Dale Johnson
Curtains Up Pagosa

When Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP), our community’s premier community theater, decided to produce a virtual concert during these COVID times, we hoped to be able to get about a dozen performance entries. 

We were instead both pleased and excited to receive 26 videos from our CUP family of performers. Additionally, we were able to partner with Pagosa Springs Dance Academy as it shared selections from several of its students. 

We would like to offer our warm and heartfelt thanks to our cast of performers: Dale Scrivener, Jason Rose, Anika Thomas, Taylor Jones, Robert Neel, Aaron Bishop, Doug Roberts, Gus Palma, Trace Gross, Johannah Laverty, Antonia Bussoli, Jeff Reardon, Allora Leonard, Diana Kelly, Caroline Smith, Sydney Mitchell, Pat Doocy, Gracelyn Kiker, Leela Simpson, Hayden Kiker, Olivia Mazur, Riley Perrie and Ella Hemenger. Our Dance Academy students include CUP veteran performers Sophie Martinez, Avonlea Thomas and Leela Simpson. We were also thrilled by the powerful dance duet offered by Casey Crow and Jacob Miskimens. 

CUP’s “Stayin’ Alive” Concert Series, produced by Dale Johnson and Dale Scrivener, was a huge success, both from a performance and community perspective. Our actors were able to experience the joy of performance, albeit in a different way, and our community was able to view the beloved performers they have missed. Many thanks to Scrivener, Katrina Thomas and Dan and Venita Burch for helping to rehearse, record and post our performances. They can be viewed on our CUP Facebook page. For further information on CUP, go to 

COVID-safe Trunk or Treat plus movie planned Sun, 04 Oct 2020 11:00:42 +0000 By Alison Beach
Pagosa Peak Open School

This Halloween, Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to present a “COVID safe” Trunk or Treat and drive-in movie wrapped into one big night of fun. Join us at 7 Parelli Way, in the parking lot, on Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wear your favorite costume (and mask). 

The evening will feature a Day of the Dead-themed movie. Treats for the Trunk or Treat will be prepackaged with social distancing and following COVID guidelines. Admittance to the Trunk or Treat will require a movie reservation. Suggested donation is $30/vehicle for entry. Limited spots. Email or go to\ to reserve your spot.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the school’s capital campaign for building renovations. Pagosa Peak Open School is a tuition-free, public charter school serving Archuleta County.