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By Cindi Galabota
Special to The PREVIEW
Celebrate Earth Day with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County as we host our second annual Recycled Arts Show on April 19 and 20 at the store building on San Juan Street located west of CarQuest in downtown Pagosa Springs. Local artists from a variety of backgrounds will display and sell their original artwork to benefit Habitat.
One such artist, Megan Riddle, has been pursuing her love of art since she was young. Both of her parents encouraged her creative interests. Before recently settling in Pagosa Springs, she traveled for years with large art festivals. While traveling she discovered her love for using trash and making recycled work because the price was right.
Megan believes that, “working with what is around me is a greater creative challenge than specifically selecting mediums and supplies. I enjoy finding something random and figuring out how to turn it into something artistic to show its possible beauty to others.”
On Friday, April 19, we will be host a gallery opening and meet the artists event. Enjoy an evening filled with incredible recycled artwork and music made and performed by Pagosa’s artists. Sample delicious hors d’oeuvres from local caterers and enjoy refreshments. Bid on a variety of packages at the silent auction, such as an authentic decorative loom made by Vercinda Begay, a hammered bar cross created by James Ferrari, a “Get Outside” package with a gift certificate donated by Step Outdoors, and a birdhouse decorated by Tessie Garcia.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Habitat for Humanity office and the Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday, April 20, the public is invited to experience the art gallery and purchase artwork from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Saturday is free, with donations accepted. Two recycled art workshops will be offered during the day for only $5 per participant per workshop. At 11 a.m. and noon, participants will create a scarf made from an old T-shirt. At 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. participants will create a recycled collage key rack.
Buy your tickets now before they sell out. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call Cindi Galabota at 264-6960 or visit the website at habitatarchuleta.org.