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Experience our creative community: The Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour

By Leanne Goebel
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Denise Coffee Pagosa’s designers and manufacturers put their products and processes on display this weekend as part of the Pagosa MAKERS Expo &Tour. Included among the manufacturers will be Cozy Head, a boutique design firm specializing in fine and functional silk velvet hats and scarves.

Photo courtesy Denise Coffee
Pagosa’s designers and manufacturers put their products and processes on display this weekend as part of the Pagosa MAKERS Expo &Tour. Included among the manufacturers will be Cozy Head, a boutique design firm specializing in fine and functional silk velvet hats and scarves.

The Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day.

A hybrid of a studio tour and a maker fair, provided free of any charge, it is a fun and interactive array of exhibits, displays and demonstrations by those in Pagosa Country who make stuff, create objects, design goods, invent gadgets and concoct things.

Representing more than 90 MAKERS, the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour will have 31 booths at expo venues and will feature 22 tour locations.

The Expo portion of the event will be held at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, 333 Bastille Drive, and The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive.

The Tour portion of the event includes MAKERS at their own studios or workshops and commercial businesses that feature local MAKERS.

Forged, stitched, formed, shaped, brewed, baked, strung, hammered, linked or woven, this event features the creations and enterprises of a diverse group of MAKERS. From furniture makers to brewers and bakers, from sculptors and painters to printmakers, from fashion designers to ceramic wheel spinners, from henna and tattoos to growing domes and photographers, even a local equine business that makes its television program in Pagosa Springs, there’s something for everyone at the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour.

The Expo

Expo participants who will be located at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts are: Sandy Applegate, Marti Bledsoe, Andra Byrnes of Andie’s Undies, D. Michael Coffee of DMC Arts, Denise Coffee of Cozy Head, Diane Davis of 3-D Designs, Charla Ellis, Karl Isberg, Donna Nelson, Jennifer Robinson and Yvonne Rowell of Rocky Mountain Skulls, June Russell, Rick Sessions and Michele White of Mystic Muse.

Photo courtesy Michael Coffee  Local artists and artisans will be joined by manufacturers and representatives of creative enterprises at the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour Saturday and Sunday. The work of ceramic artist Michael Coffee will be among the offerings at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts. Other displays, and musical performances, will be featured at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, and many members of the creative community will open their studios, workshops and businesses to tour visitors.

Photo courtesy Michael Coffee
Local artists and artisans will be joined by manufacturers and representatives of creative enterprises at the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour Saturday and Sunday. The work of ceramic artist Michael Coffee will be among the offerings at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts. Other displays, and musical performances, will be featured at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, and many members of the creative community will open their studios, workshops and businesses to tour visitors.

Expo participants who will be located at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts include Roberto Garcia, Jr., Leanne Goebel, Rick Jewell and Charlotte Ballard of Lone Tree Lamps and Glass Art, Leslie Kron of Just 4 Fun, Christa Laos of I Want Jewelry, Syl Lobato of Syl’s Echoes of Nature, Susan Martin Serra of Belvedere Ceramic Arts, Ltd., Lake and Carolyn McCullough of Earthsense Herbals, Jessica Peterson of Nighteagle Flute Company, Dee Pitchon of Vintage Modern Design, Bernard Reinhardt of Stag King Art, Megan Riddle of Sacred Stains Henna, Tina Rolig, Steven Rolig, Emily Tholberg, Mary Walls of Pagosa Peak Fiberworks and Autumn Teneyl Design.

Musicians and performers who will perform during the event at the PSCA are Jason Rose and Denise Chaney, Jack Ellis, Joseph Gilbert, Bob Hemenger, Curtains Up Pagosa!, featuring Dale Johnson, Darcy DeGuise and Sally Neel, and Jessica Peterson and Emily Tholberg.

The Tour 

Tour participants include painter and printmaker Judy Robbins; gifts, beads, yarn and paper at The Artists Within; painter Katherine Cruse’s Mountain Springs Gallery; jeweler and ceramicist Anne Campbell Studio, locally brewed beer and root beer at Pagosa Brewing & Grill; SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Todd Condon Fine Furniture; John Farley Photography; Tessie Garcia’s Pagosa Peak Pottery; Gail Hershey’s ceramic and printmaking arts; Parelli Natural Horsemanship with television and horsemanship products; Growing Spaces growing domes; Chad Hapsels Sculpture; Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and Thingamajig Theatre Company; painter, massage therapist and video game arcade cabinet maker Markus Hughes of JenMark Art; tattoo art and painting at A Body of Art; Chris Haas’ Haastyle Art; Ursula Hudson of White Rabbit Studio; Southwest Elegance representing many local artisans; Handcrafted Interiors furniture and exquisite goods; Pagosa Baking Co.; Lantern Dancer also representing local artisans; and painter Karina Silver.

Spend a weekend exploring, listening to music, driving through autumn-hued neighborhoods, visiting with those who make and create, then spend the evening at one of our great local restaurants and take in Thingamajig Theatre’s production of “One Flea Spare” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

How to participate

Get your free program guide and map at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, The Pagosa Springs SUN office, and at local hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. You can also find a digital copy of the program guide at http://issuu.com/shweikimedia/docs/16879_shy_rabbit.

Pagosa Arts and Culture Project

The MAKERS Expo & Tour is a production of the Pagosa Arts and Culture Project.

Pagosa is home to several of the most active arts-oriented nonprofit organizations in the region: SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and FolkWest.

SHY RABBIT has established an international reputation mounting shows and juried exhibitions including work from local talents and from artists located around the world.

Operating out of the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, the Thingamajig Theater Co. has set the bar for professional theater in the region at a new, high level and continues to shine with remarkable productions — dramas, comedies, musicals — that draw patrons from a wide area.

FolkWest has long been known for producing some of the finest musical festivals in the West — the annual Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival at the start of summer and the Four Corners Folk Festival on the Labor Day weekend. Both festivals take place at a spectacular venue atop Reservoir Hill in downtown Pagosa Springs, bringing nationwide attention and economic benefit to the area.

Representatives of these three organizations came together 18 months ago, joining forces with a business consultant, an event planner, an artist/writer and a writer/arts advocate to form the Pagosa Arts & Culture Project. A year ago, this group of professional, creative entrepreneurs began work to launch the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by a working board that includes: Michael and Denise Coffee of SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Laura Moore of the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, art writer Leanne Goebel, artist and writer Karl Isberg and event planner Paula Jo Miller. Crista Munro of FolkWest serves as an ex officio board member and in an advisory capacity.

The Pagosa Arts and Culture Project was established to assist in building the so-called MAKERs community and to stimulate the process of establishing Pagosa Country as an arts and culture destination. The PACP has two primary goals — one short-term, the other conceived with an eye on the future.

The short-term goal of the PACP is one that is well on its way to fruition: the creation and constant updating of a web directory that includes the many creative MAKERS in Pagosa, both individual and organizations. This directory serves as a resource for anyone wishing to learn about the creative community or to contact any of its members. Part of the short-term objective of the PACP is to create an event that showcases the individuals and organizations that do creative work here — artists, actors and musicians, artisans, businesspersons and industries. The PACP recognizes that the creative soul of a community is reflected by a full spectrum of activity, each element important in its way. As a result, the PACP has organized and will host this first-ever Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour.

The long-term goal has a greater reach: to propel Pagosa to the forefront as a community defined by the creative people and enterprises that call it home. And to make Pagosa a desirable destination for those who seek out the arts and the products of creative business ventures. The ultimate aim is to put Pagosa on the map along with the other cultural destinations in the Southwest — Santa Fe, Taos, Sedona — with the resulting community economic development an important aspect of the project.

Creative Pagosa is evolving, developing a meaningful identity, and the Pagosa Arts and Culture Project will continue to be a driving force in that evolution — here for any and all MAKERS, for all who create and for those who value what is created.

This story was posted on October 10, 2013.