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By Leanne Goebel
Special to The PREVIEW
Several of the most active arts-oriented nonprofit organizations in the southwest region of Colorado — the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, and FolkWest — are active in Pagosa Springs.
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.
SHY RABBIT has established an international reputation mounting shows and juried exhibitions including work from local talents and artists located around the world.
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.
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 working to launch the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour, happening Oct. 12-13.
A hybrid of a studio tour and a Maker fair, it is a fun and interactive maze of exhibits, displays and demonstrations, during the beautiful leaf-changing season in the San Juans.
Including more than 90 local creative and productive individuals and industries, the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour will have 31 booths at expo venues and 22 tour locations.
The Expo portion of the event will take place 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 at commercial businesses that feature local MAKERS.
Forged, stitched, formed, shaped, brewed, baked, strung, hammered, linked or woven, this event features the creations 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 own television program in Pagosa Springs — there’s something for everyone at the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour.
Spend a weekend exploring, listening to music, driving through autumn-hued neighborhoods and visiting with those who make and create with their own hands, 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.
Get your free program guide and map at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, the office of The Pagosa Springs SUN, and at local hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. You can also request one be mailed to you by e-mailing Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.