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Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour Oct. 12-13

By Leanne Goebel
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy PACP Visitors to tour sites during the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour on Oct. 12-13 will be able to meet Pagosa artists such as Chris Haas in their work spaces and studios. Haas will be one of 22 participant opening studios and businesses for the event.

Photo courtesy PACP
Visitors to tour sites during the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour on Oct. 12-13 will be able to meet Pagosa artists such as Chris Haas in their work spaces and studios. Haas will be one of 22 participant opening studios and businesses for the event.

The Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour is 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 by Pagosans who make stuff, create objects, design goods, invent gadgets and concoct things.

Pagosa Springs has become a desirable home for MAKERS of all sorts, and a place for creative people in the business world to locate. It is a wonderful environment, welcoming the painter or sculptor who wants to establish a studio, an increasingly vital place for professional theater folk to ply their trade and an ever-more-attractive place for businesses that create and produce unique products.

Pagosa is home to several of the most active arts-oriented nonprofit organizations in the region: SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and FolkWest. SHY RABBIT has established an international reputation, mounting shows and juried exhibitions including work from local talents and artists located around the world. 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. 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, providing a significant economic presence and a huge public relations coup to Pagosa Country.

Representing more than 90 MAKERS, 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 businesses that feature local MAKERS.

Full-color programs featuring a pull-out map are available free at the Pagosa Springs Visitor’s Center, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts. You can also request one be mailed to you free of charge by calling 9731-2766 or e-mailing Leanne.goebel@gmail.com

For more information, visit pagosamakers.org.

This story was posted on September 19, 2013.