SAGUACHE — Valley art enthusiasts are invited to join Saguache residents for the Eighth Annual Art Festival this Saturday, Aug. 19. This year’s festival will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache.
The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artwork will be on view in galleries, shops, studios, and outside, with various media demonstrations throughout the day and a photography competition held at the Methodist Hall.
New participants this year include Ramblin’ Roy with his assemblage sculptures and Ruby Creek Press’ photographic postcards of Saguache. Old favorites include Saguache’s award-winning Fiber Artists and Quilters.
Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist art. Kelsey Hauck displays paintings, collage, sculpture, 100’s of works on paper, and antiquities throughout her 1886 storefront building. Hauck has lived throughout the Southwest and has traveled widely in Europe. She came to Saguache in 1993 with her late husband Doug Pedersen.
Pedersen and Hauck met in 1966 in New York City when he hired her at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s first Education Department. Both artists have a strong interest in philosophy, classical music, education, and organic food. Their artwork deals with the human condition.
Saguache Arts Festival maps will be available throughout Downtown. The Saguache Hotel will display art and antiques, 4th Street Diner will feature local artists and always amazing pie. Antiques Etc. will have eclectic antiques and local glass art. The Fentons will do a live pottery demonstration at their studio on San Juan around the corner from the Village Pub, serving up pizza, pasta and a full bar.
The Magpie features Judith Page’s mixed media artwork and artifacts from Africa and the Middle East. The Range will exhibit painting by Gaby Wolodarski, an artist from Montevallo, Alabama. Around the corner visit Smith Market Gallery to see the work of Byron Williams, maker of baskets and embellished gourds.
Across the street from Smith Market is Teri Rill’s studio, with a tree trunk carved into a bouquet. More artists and crafters will be set up at tables throughout the Downtown area.
The Eighth Annual Saguache Arts Festival is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.