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The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is building a web-based directory of all the creative people and businesses in the community. By creating this website, it will make these MAKERS more easy to find in online search engines and help share the wealth of innovative and talented individuals that call our small town home.
This sort of database is called “cultural mapping” and is being done by communities around the country in order to realize and recognize the value of their creative assets.
The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is establishing the groundwork for continued collaboration and cooperation and promotional efforts of the combined community. The goal of the project is to establish a solid foundation of cultural and creative individuals and businesses, to create a viable plan for promoting these assets and to promote the Pagosa area as a worthy place of residence for creative people, a productive place for creative business ventures and a desirable destination for arts tourism.
At present, the PACP is also planning an event for fall 2013. The event, the MAKERS Expo and Tour, is set for Oct. 12-13.
To register and be listed in the database, go to http://pagosaacp.org/Register.html.
In order to highlight the MAKERS in Pagosa, the PACP will profile its members, giving readers of The PREVIEW a sense of the depth and breadth of the creative community.
This week’s MAKER is Katherine Cruse.
Q: Tell us a little about who you are, where you were born, educated, your family, growing up and how you came to be doing your creative work?
KC: I was born and grew up in California, attended college in the San Francisco Bay Area, met and married there. Since then, I and my family have lived in a number of places around the country. Along the way we had two children and discovered Pagosa as a great place to bring other people’s teenage children to backpack. I first painted in a summer class in high school, then put away the brushes for 40 years, until I started dreaming about putting color on canvas and decided that was a message I should not ignore.
Q: Describe the objects you make or the creative work you do.
KC: I paint in oil, on stretched canvas. I paint a variety of subjects, horses, landscapes, still life, humans. I work from photographs, from life and from images in my head.
Q: What is your favorite tool or material used in making your work? Why?
KC: Oil paint. I like the texture and the way the paint flows, the colors, and even the smell of the medium. Mostly I paint with brushes but sometimes a palette knife, which gives a smooth glossy texture to the finished work.
Q: Do you have a regular routine or schedule?
KC: I show up at the studio to work from 10-12 four mornings a week. With no computer and no phone and no other distractions I can put in the time painting or thinking about a work to be done or in progress. I play old CDs for background noise. This routine is fairly new and I plan to extend the hours, maybe after the weather improves.
Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
KC: Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey as a way to remember which way to turn a screw or bolt. The second best advice is to start where you are and see where the work takes you.
Q: When you’re not making art, what is your favorite thing to do in Pagosa country?
KC: Sit on the deck with a glass of wine at the end of the day, listen to air moving through the pines, watch the birds and watch the sky change colors.
Q: What are your goals for the coming year?
KC: To complete enough paintings to have another show. I sold ten paintings at my first opening in December.
Q: What is your dream project?
KC: To paint the quintessential Pagosa picture, one that all the tourists will think best depicts their visit here.
Katherine Cruse also owns the Mountain Springs Gallery on Talisman Drive. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.