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Fine art Christmas event at the Center for the Arts

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is a busy place in December.

“The Lion in Winter” winds up its run on Dec. 2,3 and 4. Families can get their Christmas photos taken and cards made by photographer Doug Chapin at a fund-raiser on Dec. 3. Music Boosters is hosting their Hollydaze concert in the art gallery on Dec. 9 and 10. The Whatchamawhozit’s kids play class is performing a stage version of Harry Potter on Dec. 10 and 11. Thingamajig Theatre is putting up their Christmas show ,“SantaLand Diaries” which runs Dec. 15-Dec. 30. Elation Center for the Arts is collaborating with the Center on a Classic Christmas Concert on Dec. 20 and, now, the Center for the Arts is adding a two-day fine art Christmas event on Friday Dec. 16, from 2-7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, from noon-7 p.m., with a special preview on Dec. 15 from 6-7 p.m. for the Champagne Opening ticket holders of “SantaLand Diaries.”

The fine art Christmas event will showcase some of the Southwest’s finest artists, including metal and goldsmiths, some of whom have never shown their work in Pagosa Springs before. It will be the perfect event for art lovers to support the local market and discover some of the hidden talent in the area that have been showing their work all over the world for years. Like all Center for the Arts events, this one will be a classy and beautiful affair celebrating the exquisite quality that the arts bring to life. Also available at the Center are gift certificates for the celebrated Thingamajig Theatre Company’s productions.

The following artists who will be showing at the fine art Christmas event Dec. 15-17 at the Center for the Arts, shared their statements:

Chris Nelson: “I work as a traditional goldsmith and am now creating iron and gold art jewelry set with precious gemstones. 95-percent green recycled metals, and 95-percent green studio practice. I am a member of the Ethical Metalsmiths group, and am on their Jewelers Directory. I have only shown my work once in Pagosa Springs, but have shown in upscale juried art and craft shows in California, Arizona, Texas, Jackson Hole, Chicago, NYC, Breckenridge, Denver and Salida since 2008. I am currently exhibiting at Greene and Greene Gallery in Lambertville, N.J., for their 25th Annual Holiday Show.”

Betsy Bracken: “I am a long term award-winning metalsmith and a quite seasoned contemporary inlay artist living in Arboles, Colorado. I have been creating Southwest and inlayed jewelry for over 25 years. I have never shown my work in Pagosa Springs but do several upscale craft shows each year in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania, plus several well known shows in Colorado. My work is not sold in galleries or online.”

D. Raes: “I have been painting feathers for over 20 years. I make shadow box frames and also cut and design my matt allowing the final touch to enhance the feathers. My art ability was passed on to me from my grandmother, a native of Rocky Ford, Colorado, and how ironic is it that Colorado is my home and provides me with the subjects I love to paint? I have been doing juried art shows in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Utah, and many juried art shows in Colorado for 20 years. I have also sold several of my pieces to international patrons in Belgium, Sweden, Japan, and Canada. “

Come visit the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts this December and enjoy the magic of the season with the artists who create it year round.

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