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First News Spring 2008

Clay Continuum III Exhibit

   Again this year, the SPACe Gallery opens its doors for artists of the Clay Continuum III. Opening July 29th and running through August 23rd, this exhibition marks the third in a continuing series of gallery showings devoted to works of art in clay produced by professional artists from the region. The official opening reception will be held Saturday, August 2nd from 5-7 p.m. at 132 West Ryus in La Veta, Colorado.

Photos courtesy Spanish Peaks Arts Council

The original concept for the show was the brainchild of three women, all local clay artists, who met for coffee and conversation at a bakery in 2006. Polly Harris, Nicole Copel, and Lori Hannan began to plan for a day that would allow visitors to view the diversity of fine clay art being produced regionally, to plan for permanent space for exhibitions to display the best works in south central Colorado, and discuss their hopes of establishing an educational center to encourage beginners and seasoned artists alike to experiment with this three-dimensional art form. And slowly, the dream began to materialize when the SPACe Gallery in La Veta invited the three artists to mount an exhibition that summer. Well attended and highly praised, the Clay Continuum has now become one of the most highly anticipated and successful shows of the summer season. Now visitors expect beautiful mountain views, fresh air, small town ambiance, and an opportunity to experience the energy of a thriving artisan colony. To encourage education in the clay arts, local gallery and clay studio, Piñon Hill Pottery, offers classes and summer workshops. Since that first Clay Continuum exhibition in 2006, the number of participating clay artists has more than tripled and the diversity of the art for viewing and sale has grown. There are wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces, porcelain and stoneware, functional, sculptural and purely decorative, whimsical and sophisticated—something for everyone's taste representing some of the best clay art being produced in the south central part of the state. This is a show you won't want to miss.

Photos courtesy Spanish Peaks Arts Council

   For over 30 years, the SPACe (Spanish Peaks Art Council) Gallery has been the venue of choice for southern Colorado artists. Of late, the SPACe Board of Directors has authorized the expansion of the gallery to include more classroom and exhibition space to encourage outreach beyond the immediate region into Northern New Mexico and beyond. For more information about the current art scene in the La Veta Valley visit: or

Spanish Peaks Arts Council
132 West Ryus
La Veta, CO 81089
(719) 742-3074

Photo courtesy Spanish Peaks Arts Council

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