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Decorate a birdhouse, support Habitat for Humanity

By Cindi Galabota
Special to The PREVIEW

Spring is finally upon us and the birds are singing their tunes.

The second annual Recycled Arts Show to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County is just around the corner. The show will take place Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 602 San Juan St. in downtown Pagosa Springs.

The Recycled Arts show features local artists displaying and selling a variety of recycled artwork. Artists include Dee Pitchon, Megan Riddle, Sueyel Grace and Tessie Garcia, among others.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Tessie Garcia, the art teacher at the Pagosa Springs Elementary school, will offer a free Birdhouse Recycled Decorating Workshop to support the Recycled Arts Show.

Gather up your family and friends and join Ms. Tessie for a fun-filled afternoon on Saturday, March 30, any time from 1 to 4 p.m. in the elementary school art room. The workshop is free and will be open until the supply of birdhouses is exhausted.

The finished birdhouses will be on display and sold at the Recycled Arts Show. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County.

The birdhouses are built by prisoners in Crowley County Correctional Facility as part of the Habitat for Humanity Prison Partnership. The mutually beneficial program allows inmates to learn construction trades and fine woodworking while providing cabinets, roof trusses, and countertops to Habitat for Humanity projects statewide at cost. The program teaches inmates invaluable job skills which will help them obtain gainful employment upon release, and ultimately help them avoid re-offending in the future. With leftover wood, the inmates build birdhouses that are then donated to affiliates across the state to be used for fund-raisers.

If you have any questions, or would like to purchase tickets to the Gallery Opening of the Recycled Arts Show on April 19, call Cindi Galabota at 264-6960.

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.