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By Cindi Galabota
Special to The PREVIEW
Celebrate Earth Week with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County as we host our third annual Recycled Arts Show on April 24, 25 and 26, next to the old City Market and Dorothy’s Restaurant in downtown Pagosa Springs. Ten local artists from a variety of backgrounds will be displaying and selling their original artwork.
Samantha Armistead has been working with glass for nine years, but has only recently started working with recycled glass. She loves the idea that she can take trash and make it into something amazing and useful. She will be displaying and selling her bottle spoon rests, cheese trays, dip bowls and drinking glasses; all made from discarded bottles that were destined for the dump.
Sueyel Grace presents her art forms in many medias. Her love of nature opened a gateway to her beautiful pine needle baskets made with ponderosa pine needles and decorated with natural stones, glass beads and feathers. Her gourds are hand-crafted and painted and decorated with pine needles and other natural embellishments.
Visit directly with all 10 artists on Friday, April 25, at the Gallery Opening and Meet the Artists event. All artists will be on hand to discuss their art and the inspirations that helped create their artwork. Enjoy music performed by artist Emily Tholberg. Sample delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from local caterers. Bid on a variety of packages at the silent auction. Pamper yourself with a package that includes gift certificates, a beautiful handmade scarf and jewelry. For all train lovers, the Train Package includes two tickets on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, two commemorative train plates and a coffee table book about trains. As always, we will have our incredible birdhouses for sale, decorated in a variety of styles. Tickets to the opening are $25 and can be purchased in advance at the Habitat for Humanity office and the Chamber of Commerce.
Tonight, Thursday, April 24, preview all of the artwork made mostly from recycled, reclaimed or found materials from noon to 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 26, the public is invited to experience the art gallery and purchase artwork from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Entrance is free both of these days, with donations accepted.
You will be amazed at the variety of artwork; there is sure to be a style for everyone. Buy your tickets now for Friday’s opening event before they sell out. You can purchase tickets for Friday evening’s event at the Habitat for Humanity office and the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call Cindi Galabota at 264-6960 or visit our website at habitatarchuleta.org.