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Theatre opening includes Fine Art Christmas Event

Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, becoming well known in southwest Colorado as a premier theatre, performance and fine arts venue, is pleased to announce the Champagne Opening of its newest production, “The SantaLand Diaries” Thursday, Dec. 15.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with music by Brooks-I. The run of the show continues Dec. 16-30. Visit or call the box office at 731-SHOW for information of show times and to reserve your tickets. The performance is recommended for mature audiences only.

In conjunction with the opening of “The SantaLand Diaries,” Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the Fine Arts Christmas Event, which will showcase several local and nationally-recognized artists who have never or have seldom shown their work in Pagosa Springs. This is an opportunity to meet the artists, and to view and purchase nationally and internationally recognized Fine Art and Craft, which is created in our own small community.

The Fine Arts Christmas Event will have a private viewing on Dec. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. during the Champagne Opening for ticket holders attending the premiere performance of “The SantaLand Diaries” that evening. The event will be open to the public on Friday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 17, from noon to 7 p.m.

The artists who will be presenting their work are Ross Barrable,, with his wonderfully sculpted HarmonyWindHarps; Betsy Bracken, with her intricate silver and gold inlaid jewelry; Chris Pierce, with his unique turned wood vessels; Jai Roger Klarl, with his cast bronze sculpture incorporating Sacred Geometry; D. Baer, with her beautiful and imaginative feather art, and Chris Nelson, presenting his iron/gold “urban-armour” art jewelry.

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts also has an ongoing exhibition of the works of Karina Silver, Sandy Applegate and several other fine artists.

This is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to experience fine art and craft in a wonderful local setting — art which has been shown or sold in New Mexico, Texas, California, Wyoming, Oregon, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York, New Jersey and Illinois, as well as several international venues.

Artists who were not featured in the PREVIEW section article on Dec. 1, shared their statements:

• “Ross Barrable is the owner and principal acoustic sculptor behind Soundscapes International Inc. Ross has developed and perfected his unique form of acoustic sculpture design through his experience as a harpist and working as a luthier building 100’s of traditional folk harps. Over the past 30 years he has refined this art form to create contemporary outdoor sound sculptures called Harmony Wind Harps which adorn over 250 Public and Private landscape settings throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. 

“Their visual and auditory presence has produced interactive landscape environments for residential gardens, health resorts, city parks, memorials, universities, hospitals, retirement communities and botanical gardens. Ross is committed to harnessing the Power of Inspirations through the medium of harmonic sound in his dedicated pursuit of designing and creating therapeutic soundscape experiences.”

• “Jai Roger Klarl, of SacredArtScapes, is an artist, designer, builder and symbolic architect whose work is based in sacred geometry which utilizes nature’s principle and proportions. His passion and talents are in creating sacred spaces, structures and sculptures for ceremonial, meditational, and healing environments. His designs take into account cosmic and local telluric energies plus working with the Devic realm to create harmony of place.”

• Chris Pierce. “As a Musician and Arborist for over 25 years, the worlds of art and science seem to merge at the wood lathe for me. Both the natural symmetry and the chaos that is embodied in the life of a tree can be revealed in the stories of splendid good grace and tragic catastrophic events. I strive to demonstrate the drama inside, which will allow the tree to speak for itself. Many pieces have been turned from wood I select and collect from client’s projects. The recycling of the wood destined for a fireplace into a work of art has proven rewarding to both the client and the tree, providing a real connection with the hidden natural beauty growing all around us. Woods have been used since ancient times as a functional as well as artistic part of our daily lives, and I strive to create pieces that will honor the traditions of the function, form, and utility passed on to us, while enriching our daily lives with the inherent beauty of one of nature’s most beautiful, durable, and sometimes mystical creations.”

Please join us to celebrate great theatre and the great art that is created in Pagosa Springs, by local artists for local residents and our visitors.

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