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Creative Pagosa: Roberto Garcia Jr.

Photo courtesy Roberto Garcia Jr. Sculptor Roberto Garcia Jr. is seen here at his studio and foundry, working on his Muse Fountain — one of his many works in bronze that have garnered him a national reputation.

Photo courtesy Roberto Garcia Jr.
Sculptor Roberto Garcia Jr. is seen here at his studio and foundry, working on his Muse Fountain — one of his many works in bronze that have garnered him a national reputation.

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 easier 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 Roberto Garcia.

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?

RG: I am Roberto Garcia Jr., born in Laredo, Texas, in 1954. I got my degree at the University of Texas, Austin, and went to foundry school in Princeton, N.J. I am one of six children. I grew up in the barrio and crawled out to end up here in 1997. I have a wife and two kids. I embraced a career in art.

Q: Describe the objects you make or the creative work you do.

RG: I mostly make bronze statues, but I do much painting and drawing in conjunction.

Q: What is your favorite tool or material used in making your work? Why?

RG: One of my favorite tools is fire,  which I need to melt bronze at 2,000 F.

Q: Do you have a regular routine or schedule?

RG: My regular routine is to work hard every day.

Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

RG: To follow my dream.

Q: When you’re not making art, what is your favorite thing to do in Pagosa Country?

RG: I like to ski, fish, golf, hike and bike.

Q: What are your goals for the coming year?

RG: To continue making art.

Q: What is your dream project?

RG: My dream project is to be commissioned to enlarge my Muse Fountain to larger than life size. It could be a marvel just in bronze engineering.

This story was posted on August 8, 2013.