Habitat to host Recycled Arts Show

By Cindi Galabota
Special to The PREVIEW

Celebrate Earth Day with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County as the organization hosts the second annual Recycled Arts Show on April 19-20at the old antique store located next to CarQuest in downtown Pagosa Springs.

Local artists from a variety of backgrounds will display and sell their original artwork.

Artist Leslie Kron is returning to the Recycled Arts Show for the second year and has been actively involved on the planning committee. She has been creating stained glass art since 1973 and has a graphic design degree from UCLA. Leslie is inspired by the Southwest and the variety of art created here. She will display and sell her stepping stones, which are created using all recycled glass.

Wendy Webster is a new artist to the Recycled Arts Show. Wendy uses a variety of materials such as used magazines, zippers, feathers, charcoal and acrylic paint to create her art.  Wendy has always had a passion for art and design. In fact, in 2010 she designed and sewed her own prom dress. She recently started making abstract art using pen and acrylic paint.

“I am honored to participate in Habitat’s second annual Recycled Arts Show,” said Webster, “because Habitat is a wonderful program for families to become homeowners. I am proud to say that my family was the second family to receive a Habitat home. I hope to see everyone come out and support a great cause!”

On Friday, April 19, Habitat will host a gallery opening and Meet the Artists Event. Enjoy an evening filled with incredible recycled artwork and music made and performed by Pagosa artists. Sample delicious hors d’oeuvres from local caterers and enjoy refreshments. Bid on a variety of packages at the silent auction, such as the framed original art piece created by Dee Pitchon especially for the show, a coffee package filled with Habitat’s Home Built Blend coffee, and a railroad package with authentic decorative plates from The Golden Age of American Railroads collection.

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. to 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 art piece.

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.

This story was posted on April 18, 2013.