Sangres Art Guild

Westcliffe, CO

Nuche Forest and Wildlife Reserve 2018

Dedication Ceremonies

Our model for the day, Roland McCook, Former Uintah and Ouray Ute Tribe Chairman and great, great grandson of Chipeta and Chief Ouray.

We have dedicated our private funds and personal energies into preserving what we believe is a critical part of our history in the Wet Mountains of Colorado. We have also succeeded in illuminating the importance of the surrounding lands once inhabited by the indigenous bands of the Southern Ute Nation.

We invite Alla Prima Westcliffe artists as our honored dignitaries to witness the dedication of this private reserve and to attend our reconciliation ceremony.

We would appreciate your consideration to join us for the following events on the 25th of September, 2018.

  • 8am — Welcome gathering and blessing of the land (Ute Delegation)
  • Reconciliation Speech – C I Morris, DAR Immigrant 1730
  • Dedication of Reserve in honor of the Capote – Governor’s Proclamation
  • Welcome to plein air Artists, Sangres Art Guild, Westcliffe, Colorado
  • Spirit Animal Wood Sculpture Competition (Open to Ute and Colorado Artists)

This event will be a private event attended by invited friends, dignitaries and artists. Any donated funds will be sent to the First Nations Development Institute, Longmont, Colorado.

Sculpture competition!

  • 4 finalists compete for $3000.00 in prize money!
  • Each sculpture must be carved on site from the same 300 year old Ponderosa Tree cut into 4 standing totems.
  • Each totem will have a different spirit animal that inhabits the Wet Mountain Valley: Black Bear, Mule Deer, Coyote, Bison
  • No chain saw art, the sculpture must be carved using hand tools only.
  • The four finished sculptures will remain a permanent fixture of the reserve.
  • 1st place $1000.00
  • 2nd place $750.00
  • 3rd place $750.00
  • 4th place $500.00

To apply send a recent sample photo (file) of your artwork to:

Deadline is September 20, 2018.