DEL NORTE — The Rio Grande County Museum's annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair is open. There are several different art and craft vendors from all over the San Luis Valley set up at the museum for holiday shoppers. The fair is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays except for Dec. 10 when the museum will host an open house reception from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Vendors and artists at Holiday Art and Craft Fair include:
- Ruthanne Johnson's creations harken back to the golden oldie, do-it-yourself days. She'll have homemade air freshener spritz, bird suet, soap & essential-oil-infused body scrubbies and more.
- Artwork of Evelyn Sprouserowe will be available.
“My name is Evelyn Sprouse Rowe,” she said. “Energized by internal as well as external energies and influences gives rise to my art. For the abstract qualities of my art come from intuition and a personal interpretation of beauty.
“In my most recent acrylic paintings, I continue to exploit color, shape, form, and the subject matter in order to make a statement about expression and freedom in art making as well as statements about concrete realities of design and structural elements,” she said.
- Faemoon Wolf Designs, owners Douglas Crowwolf and wife Katy, create Native American leather craft, jewelry and more. Crowwolf learned the traditional way of leather crafting and jewelry making as passed down from Elders. He keeps these traditions alive through his wonderful creations.
- Another artist is Martha Ann Kennedy, a versatile artist living in Monte Vista, where in 2014, she retired from a long career teaching writing. She works mostly in oil paint, with a special love for pigments made from "dirt.” Most of her work are scenes from her wanderings in the San Luis Valley which she calls "Heaven."
Kennedy began her artist's life as an art major at Colorado Women's College (RIP) as a figurative artist, drawing the human body. Over time that evolved into two basic directions: realistic landscapes and metaphorical figurative paintings. Since 2020, she has been combining the two, depicting the solitary individual in the immensity of nature.
- Other artists include Laura Lunsford who creates whimsical creatures and dolls out of cloth, John Betz who specializes in digital watercolor paintings, Deanne Connelly who paints unique and colorful works of art, Douglas Elliot who works with wood to create beautiful cheeseboards, holiday decorations and more and Kaitlyn Martinez who is a featured pottery artist in the winter edition of the Del Norte Magazine!
- The SLV Quilt Guild is also participating, and have packed the gift shop to the brim with homemade, colorful works of art made by the guild.