Four Galleries to Host Uptown ‘Art Walk’ on Dec. 2

Pagosa’s first “Uptown Artwalk” is scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 2 from 3-5pm.

This festive event will be hosted by the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Belvedere Arts LTD, Chad Haspels Studio and Gallery, and Roberto’s Art… all located within a very convenient two-minute walk of one another near the corner of Eagle Drive and Trinity Lane. All four galleries will be featuring original works by local Pagosa artists.

In addition to artists’ demos, discussions and live music, visitors will be treated to hot spiced wine and light food refreshments in a friendly and warm holiday spirit.

The featured galleries include:

Belvedere Arts LTD, located next door to PSCA at 2363 Eagle Drive. One of Pagosa’s newest art spaces features contemporary works made by local artists whose works are inspired by the beauty of Pagosa Springs and surrounding areas. This Studio/Gallery is owned by artist Susan Martin-Serra, assisted by Brianna Kramer and Kat Green. The gallery offers a range of works in multiple mediums priced from $15 to $2,000.

The current Featured Artist at Belvedere is Pagosa artist Shari Louise, showing Mixed Media Assemblage — a unique and colorful collection of three-dimensional sculptural works. This body of work includes creations specifically inspired by listening to music, as well as pieces created through visual observation.

Within this series, ‘The Pagosas’ includes four mid-scale works: Broken Off Mountain, Open Range, The Springs and Chimney Rock. These are three dimensional wall-hung pieces which incorporate recognizable figurative elements within a framework of the traditional sacred mandala. Shari says, “Open Range is a daily inspiration, the mountains changing every day throughout the seasons.”

Belvedere Arts hosts art classes and workshops for both adults and children in its well equipped studio space. Current classes include wheel-thrown pottery making, hand-building in clay and a bas relief tile-making class for children 8 years and older. Belvedere will soon be offering painting and drawing classes taught by local area artists.

Learn more about Belvedere Arts at their website, belvedereceramicarts.com or call (970) 731-1619.

Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2313 Eagle Drive. As well as serving as home to Pagosa’s professional theatre company — Thingamajig Theatre — the Center hosts a collection of fine art and gifts for the discerning shopper.

The gallery at PSCA will be featuring the work of Pagosa artist Markus Hughes.

You can find more information about PSCA at their website, pagosacenter.org. For information call (970) 731-7469.

Chad Haspels Sculpture Studio and Gallery is located at 52 Trinity Lane #1 and is highlighted by a gallery space of unique available Fine Art sculptures and a studio space where visitors have a rare opportunity to view multiple works in progress through various stages.

A nationally known artist, Chad works primarily in wood and occasionally in stone and bronze. His interest and fascination with the ecology of the Rocky Mountain and Colorado Plateau Regions is the driving factor in his use of wood as his primary sculptural medium. Because each wood specimen is thoughtfully hand-selected from local lands, Chad’s artworks naturally have a very intimate connection to nature.

Chad’s wildlife sculptures are focused on the predator species native to the west. Their mystery and presence exemplifies the primordial spirit of wild nature and represents an essential circle of life and balance within nature. Learn more at chadhaspelssculpture.com or by calling (970) 731-2332.

Roberto’s Art, at 13 Trinity Lane, features the fine art and sculpture of Pagosa artist Roberto Garcia. This talented artist’s work is a large collection of traditional fine art in several different mediums and covering several different epochs spanning 50 years.

Roberto’s work is highly authentic and created entirely by his own hand. Expect to see bronze sculpture as well as many flat works which are exhibited in Roberto’s gallery space “Roberto’s Art.” Plans are in the works at this time for a class in bronze sculpture.

Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson founded the Pagosa Daily Post in 2004 in hopes of making a decent living writing about local politics. The hope remains.