Ready for distribution August 1st, 2016, look out for it!
“My focus on animals in each painting reflects my love, respect and concern for the natural world. The combination of intensity, softness and in-the-moment way in which they live their lives is inspiring. I feel that the combination of portraying these beings in vivid ‘non-local’ colors and with sensitivity allows the viewer to approach their soulfulness with greater ease. One can simultaneously be compassionate and delighted.” – Karen Ahlgren
Guardian angels and saints of wood and tin.
Mara Cibis is an 80-year-old holocaust survivor living in the High Desert of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
Oils & mixed medias.
Sculpture & Drawings
David moved to Costilla, New Mexico from the central Rockies in 2002 and has been actively engaged in the local art scene. His furniture graces homes and condos in ski areas of the Rocky Mountains from Vail to Red River.
His passion for the restoration of old buildings of historic value include a settlers cabin, a Victorian home, a dairy barn and now some of the old adobes of New Mexico. (more…)
African style harps and drums.
41 years living and working with horticulture seeds.
My paintings point upwards, balanced between earth and sky, tangible forms in nature and esoteric mysteries. These paintings are recognizable objects in nature that have been stripped down to a simplified geometric outline, without detail, to convey the spirit of the form. (more…)
Functional pottery & ceramic sculpture.
Embellished gourds & gourd musical instruments.
Supremely crafted koras combining traditional techniques and innovative design and high quality hand drums. A traditional kora is built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin or goat skin to make a resonator, and has a notched bridge. The sound of a kora resembles that of a harp. The player uses the thumb and index finger of both hands to pluck the strings in polyrhythmic patterns (using the remaining fingers to hold the vertical bars on either side of the strings to secure the instrument). Ostinato patterns (“Kumbengo”) and improvised solo runs (“Birimintingo”) are played simultaneously. (more…)
I believe we supply the best quality seed available. As with most things, in tree seed you are likely to get what you pay for. Lower-priced seed often turns out to be more expensive when purity, moisture content, germination, incorrect source identification, etc., are taken into account. Our only business is seed and we take pride in the job we do.
I am finding e-mail to be more and more useful and we are happy to correspond with our customers this way. There are some days when we do not check the e-mail, especially when I am busy with collection and processing of seeds. But, be assured, we will respond even if it takes a couple of days. The same applies to phone messages. (more…)
Self proclaimed ‘old guy’ paints local and southwest landscapes plus a variety of offbeat subjects. Working with limited talent and little training, experimenting with watercolor, oil and acrylic paints some interesting artistic output has been achieved which has attracted a small but growing group of collectors over the fourteen years of the Rio Costilla Studio Tour. Only original works of art are offered at the Jaroso Depot each year, which is a studio, gallery and living quarters on Main street in Jaroso, Colorado (pop 75). The depot is a replica of the station which was the end of the line of the San Luis Valley Southern Railroad originally designed in 1910, a 32 mile shortline railroad. Many of the paintings are inspired by the natural beauty of the area, which in the San Luis Valley is often of the large expanse of open terrain, sometimes stark and remote always with the mountain backdrop and the big sky with brilliant blue, or all manner of clouds and the eye catching sunrises and sunsets. In this environment one can contemplate all matter of things with little distraction and sometimes get some pleasing artwork accomplished. The artist invites the studio tour attendees to drop by and take a look at this work and check out the depot plus there are always some other artists showing work.
I was first introduced to ceramics in 1990 through a year -long apprenticeship with a traditional master potter in Vienna, Austria. After studying art in Austria and California, I earned my BFA in ceramic/sculpture at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since graduating I have shown my sculptural and functional work both nationally and internationally.
I enjoy making pottery, where I find the fusing of beauty with function an inspiring challenge. The long tradition of pottery and its intimate place in daily life inform the artistic choices I make for my pieces. My goal for my pottery is to have the pieces used not only for the way they look, but also the way they feel. All my work is hand crafted by me, including the glazes. (more…)