Arts & Culture

It's hard to live in the midst of such beauty and not be creative. Our peaceful place draws painters, potters, weavers, jewelers as well as other artists and performers. Painting classes for all styles are available. A potter’s and a weaver’s guild, both hold workshops and exhibit their wares at festivals and craft sales. Many local fiber artists raise their own sheep, goats or llamas, like Escuela in Villa Grove, (escuela@amigo.net). There are traditional cultural crafts produced by the Spanish inhabitants of the area. Saguache County once boasted a turquoise mine in the northern hills, specimens sill adorn local jewelry. Area galleries such as the Mirage Trading Co., Villa Grove Trade, Always Azul Pottery, and Bear Medicine to name a few which feature local artists. The Crestone Artisans Gallery brings together various talented fine artists and puts on many shows as well as co-sponsors of the Winterfest Holiday Bazaar in downtown Crestone. Visit www.crestoneartisans.com and www.crestonewinterfest.org.

Many musicians make their home here and record at the local Alamosa Howlin’ Dog Studio at Richmond Music. There is always some local festival, dance or open mike night around somewhere. Moffat in July, Summer Saturdays in Saguache, and the Labor Day Energy Fair are venues where you can hear our native talent. Of course the annual Crestone Music Festival features many local and regional acts. Taking place the first weekend in August, it is three days of eclectic multi-genre and multi-cultural entertainment. Two stages offer non-stop music and there are vendors, games and children’s activities. Great music in a laid back scenic outdoor venue – what more can you ask? Go to www.crestfest.org or 1-866-891-8382.

Saguache County boasts dance studios, community choirs and a theater group. Got a special talent or interest – come to a place where you can start your own style of expression. Find others of like mind or just enjoy creating in quiet beauty.

For a full listing of the arts, go to www.saguachecounty.net or www.crestone.org.

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