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By Leanne Goebel
Special to The PREVIEW
The first-ever Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour is set for Oct, 12-13. A hybrid between a studio tour and a MAKERS expo, it is a fun and interactive maze of exhibits, displays and demonstrations by those in Archuleta County who make stuff, create objects, design things, invent gadgets and concoct things.
Representing 93 MAKERS, the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour will have 31 booths at expo venues and 20 tour locations.
The Expo portion of the event will be held at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts and the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
The Tour portion of the event will include MAKERS with their own studio or workshop, or commercial businesses that feature local MAKERS. These MAKERS will be provided a tour sign, be included on the event map and listed in the event program.
Expo participants who will be located at PSCA or SHY RABBIT: Sandy Applegate, Martha Bledsoe, Charla Ellis, D. Michael Coffee, Denise Coffee of Cozy Head, Jennifer Robinson and Yvonne Rowell of RoCo Mosaics, Mary Walls of Pagosa Peak Fiberworks, Emily Tholberg, Michele White of Mystic Muse, The Geothermal Greenhouse Project, Donna Nelson, Leslie Kron of Just 4 Fun, Dee Pitchon of Vintage Modern Design, Karl Isberg, Susan Martin-Serra of Belvedere Ceramic Arts, LTD, Rick Sessions, Tina Rolig, Steven Rolig, Megan Riddle of Sacred Stains Henna, Diane Davis of 3-D Designs, June Russell, Lake and Carolyn McCullough of Earthsense Herbals, Jessica Peterson of Nighteagle Flute Company, Autumn Teneyl Design, Rick Jewell and Charlotte Ballard of Lone Tree Lamps and Glass Art, Syl Lobato, art writer Leanne Goebel, Christa Laos of I Want Jewelry and Bernard Reinhardt of Stag King Art, Roberto Garcia Jr., Andie’s Undies LLC,
Tour participants: Lantern Dancer, Pagosa Brewing and Grill, Chad Haspels Sculpture, The Artist Within, John Farley Photography, Pagosa Baking Company, Mountain Springs Gallery, Anne Campbell Studio, Cave Creek Woodworks and Cave Creek Glassworks, Todd Condon, Handcrafted Interiors, A Body of Art, Growing Spaces, Pagosa Peak Pottery, JenMark Art, Gail Hershey Arts, Haastyle Art, Ursula Hudson and Southwest Elegance.
Music performed by: Emily Tholberg, Denise and Jason Chaney, Jessica Peterson, Jack Ellis, Bob Hemenger, Sally Neel and Darcy DeGuise, with performances by Curtains Up Pagosa!
The Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour will be intensely marketed around the region, with the intention of bringing cultural tourists to the area to enjoy the autumn colors and experience the creativity and innovation in Pagosa Country.
The Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour is currently sponsored by the following local businesses and individuals: Pagosa Arts and Culture Project, BlueFrog Commercial Arts, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Art Writer Leanne Goebel, the Pagosa Springs Town Tourism Committee, Alley House Grille, Pagosa Brewing Co., Red Dog Ridge, King Campbell DDS, The Lindblad Group, Paula Miller and Lowell Wiles, Bob and Robin Brobst, DSP Pizzeria, Marti H. Bledsoe, a Body of Art Tattoo, Art and Framing Center, 1st Southwest Bank, Ross and Sonya Aragon and a few anonymous donors.
For more information contact Leanne.Goebel@gmail.com.
Programs with maps will be distributed free at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, and The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.