Meet The Artists in Saguache Today
Celebrating Art in Saguache Today
By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today
It’s time to look at beautiful, interesting things made by beautiful, interesting people. The 12th Annual Saguache Arts Festival will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 and is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. In honor of that event, it’s time to Meet The Artists. Here are a couple of the people who make the arts special in Saguache Today!
A world-renowned artist, Kelsey Hauck has made Saguache her home for more than two decades. She came to town in 1993 with her late husband Doug Pedersen and they created The Hauck/Pedersen Fine Art Gallery located downtown at 313 – 315 4th Street. Their artwork deals with the human condition.
Hauck’s creative expressions in paintings, collages, sculptures, 100’s of works on paper, and antiquities are on display all throughout her 1886 storefront building. According to the gallery’s website, “Hauck uses retrouver papers including old Japanese calligraphed mercantile accounts, torn-up lithographs, home-made papers, origami papers, commercial wrappers, wallpapers, maps, 1930s cloth paper, etc.”
For the serious art collector or simple art lover, the journey to this 100-year-old mercantile building provides a face-to-face interaction with the art and the unique environment in which it was created. So next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop in and see what people have been talking about for years!
Visit the Hauck/Pedersen Fine Art Gallery in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist art.
Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art
For art-lovers wondering about the genesis of Saguache artist Judith Page’s colorful, and often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.
“Yes, I got caught doing that on more than one occasion,” recalls Page during a recent visit to the Magpie Gallery at the corner of 4th and San Juan. But perhaps that childish indiscretion was more the result of the artist’s self-described upbringing in a “poor” section of Washington, D.C., rather than a desire to deface her girlhood bedroom. After all, most artists work with what they have, right?
However, these days Page’s meager beginnings seem as far away as her birthplace, and nowhere is that more apparent than in her Magpie Gallery. From the array of colors used in Page’s mixed-media illustrations, to the cross-section of textures in the glass and wood beads adorning the windows and walls, as well as the hand-woven decorative baskets and rugs, visitors tend to forget they are in downtown Saguache!
Page has been producing & selling her artwork in the San Luis Valley since 1998. According to the Magpie Gallery website: Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.
“My art reflects a way of seeing the world with a sense of wonder, where anything can happen, where things are a little askew,” Page explains on her website. “I hope to excite a sense of curiosity in my viewers, that they might look at the world a little differently.”
And if Page’s art helps people to see the world a little differently, then her partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to the corner of 4th and San Juan. In fact, it’s that deep sense of texture that visitors to the Saguache art studio connect with the moment they enter, producing that childhood desire to run one’s hands across the rows and rows of one-of-kind beads.
And while many in the San Luis Valley know the Coombs name as the third generation printer and editor of the Saguache Crescent, Dean has been collecting African beads and ethnographic artifacts for more than 20 years, much of which is on display and/or for sale at the Magpie Gallery.
As one art enthusiast expressed during a recent visit, “I’m surprised to see this kind of African collection in the middle of nowhere; it’s lovely!” And no doubt the word has gotten out, as collectors from around the region now seek Coombs out because of his rare and diverse collection of art, particularly his vast selection of high quality beads.
Come and see one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 12th Annual Saguache Art Festival is happening this Saturday, July 31, 2021 – do you need a better reason to stop into Saguache Today?
The Magpie Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. 324 4th Street, downtown Saguache Colorado. Call 719-655-2650.
Flowers, Art & Fairy Houses
In case you missed the post check out details on this Saturday’s events: The Hollyhock Festival, Arts Walk, and Fairy House tours on July 31.