Cuchara-Hermosa Art Show Slates Colorful Program
(Shown Pictured in the Pueblo Chieftain, August 2, 1968) ART FESTIVAL- Bill Williams, Cuchara, is busy preparing a wood-burning stove exhibit for the annual Cuchara-Hermosa Art Festival that will be held Sunday at the Cuchara Community Building. The festival is one of the top highlights of the year in the Cuchara area. "We try to have something that everyone can genuinely like at the art festival, from oil paintings by professionals to the work of the hobbies," is the way Bill Williams characterizes the annual Cuchara Art Festival. Williams is the director of the art exhibit for the fourth annual festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday in the summer resort of Cuchara. "We welcome any original work from the exhibitors," Williams continues, "and much of it is folk art. Wind wood, china painting, quilts, flower arrangements in antiques, as well as the oil paintings may show up." One local woman plants primitives in the style of Grandma Moses, concentrating on the Cuchara Valley as she remembers it 40 years ago. The festival is the money-raising project of Cuchara-Hermosa, which helps to beautify and maintain the area around the 200 cabins. Many artists are in residence throughout the summer and contribute their talents. Some of the artists are former students of Clayton Staples, a professional artist who made his year-around home in the valley. Weather-worn wood will serve as the background for the art portion of the festival, housed in the Cuchara Community Building located 30 miles southwest of Walsenburg. Cuchara may be reached by traveling U.S. 160 west of Walsenburg and then south on Colo. 111. The hours of the show will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Cuchara Hermosa Historian's Report, August 1970
July 4th the first all day Bazaar cleared a tidy $279.13, which was increased to $300. by the young people who held their FLEA MARKET along with the Bazaar. July 21. Luncheon meeting had an all time high of 62 members and guests, who enjoyed a double program, Bill Williams "Origin & Development of Graphic Art," illustrated by his students work, and Japanese Ikabana demonstration by Muriel Mackeigan of Charlotte, N.C. July 31 to Aug 2, the Sixth Annual Art Festival, which for the first time was devoted entirely to original works of Arts and Crafts. The Demonstration of silversmithing, china painting, spinning and Weaving and pastel paintings attracted large crowds. August 8 Donald Jameson, Wanda's son gave a very interesting talk at the Pot Luck Supper, on the "Balance of Plants and Animals on the Prairie." At the final meeting, which was a coffee at the Recreation Hall, was election of officers. Hilda Moseman elected President for the Cuchara Hermosa. Ethel Graham Taylor, Historian