Mary Jo Coulehan
Chamber of Commerce Director

Bob & Valerie Goodman
Proprietors of Goodman's Department Store

Jeff Greer
Proprietor of Overlook Mineral Springs & Spa

Joanne Irons
Youth Advocate & Mother

John, Ivy & Ryder King
An Extreme Family

Clifford Lucero
Archuleta Conty Commissioner

Guy & Diane Ludwick
Proprietors of Fireside Inn Cabins

Madeline Lyon
Proprietor of Wild Spirit Gallery

Maria MacNamee
Proprietor of Happy Trails Ladies Boutique

Giuseppe Margiotta
Outdoor Enthusiast

Bill McKown
Airport Manager

Diane Munson
Massage Therapist

Morgan Murri
Founder of GECKO

Edgar Ortiz
Proprietor of Chavolo's Mexican Restaurant

Udgar & Puja Parsons
Proprietors of Growing Spaces

Troy Persson
PGA Pro & Golf Club General Manager

Davey & Rosanne Pitcher
Proprietors of Wolf Creek Ski Area

Angel & Marsha Preuit
Proprietors of Healing Waters Resort & Spa

Doug Purcell
Colorado Divison of Wildlife

Bob, Lisa & the Scott Family
A Love for Community

Tony Simmons
Proprietor of Pagosa Brewing Co.

Todd & Kellie Stevens
Proprietors of Farrago Market Café & Alley House Grille

Keely Whittington
Proprietor of The Springs Resort & Spa

Matt Yoksh
Proprietor of Pagosa Ski Rentals

Madeline Lyon
'The beauty of this place attracts artists.
You might say art is in the heart of Pagosa'
“The beauty of this place attracts artists. You might say art is in the heart of Pagosa,” says Madeline Lyon, owner of Wild Spirit Gallery. “I don’t mean geographically, but I think it’s part of the heartbeat of the beauty of this area.”
While not an artist herself, the artistic heartbeat of Pagosa Springs drew Lyon to the area. A relative newcomer, Lyon moved to Pagosa Country in 2008 from Lumberton after buying the gallery in 2007. The gallery had closed its doors, but Lyon, who has a passion for business and had previously ventured into business despite years as a teacher, decided to take her first trip into retail in order to keep the gallery open. Under her ownership, the gallery has expanded to include a wider variety of media — paintings, pottery, jewelry, rugs and more.

In her short time in the area, Lyon dove into the arts scene headfirst, also serving on the board of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, which, along with its gallery showings and other activities, holds workshops by local artists that cater to beginners and experienced alike.

The talent of the area is not limited to fine art, however. “This town also has music and theatre groups that help to make this an art destination in the broad sense of art,” Lyon says, noting that there have been playwrites in residence in the area, along with renowned musical talents.

“It offers tourists entertainment in the evening when they finish their hiking,” Lyons says, adding, “Our summer and spring and fall visitors have an opportunity to see some good theatre.”

Despite already having a strong arts scene for the size of the community, Lyon thinks the artistic character of the town will continue to develop and create a niche for itself in the future, something she is more than willing to help along.

“My vision is to make Pagosa Springs an art destination. I think it has that potential,” Lyon says, noting the community’s excellent galleries, offering a variety of art styles, and talented residents. “There’s no question in my mind that this very definitely could become a great art destination.”