RGCM ready for gift giving season

The Gift Shoppe at the Rio Grande County Museum offers many gift ideas by local artists.

DEL NORTE—Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all fasting approaching. The gift giving season is just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about gifts for that special person on the list and help support a good cause at the same time.
The Gift Shoppe at the Rio Grande County Museum helps to support the work being done at the museum, including new computers for digitizing the photo archives and interviews. Also, a membership to the Rio Grande County Museum Inc. which functions as a Friend of the Museum would be an excellent gift that gives all year.
Gift items include history books of the area as well as coloring books and children’s books. The museum also helps to support local artists, who in turn support the museum with their work.
Local area artists who work with natural materials include Byron Williams from Saguache with his gourd bowls and Alex Colville with wooden vases made with local woods. The museum is proud to feature 16-year-old Sam Smith, who is starting his own business with crocheted hair scrunchies.
Other fiber artists include Judy Nicolais with beautifully crocheted doilies and pot holders, scarves and bottle cozies by Jean Hanna. Fine jewelry is displayed for Patti Haught. Sharon Edwards has framed prints of her artwork featuring local scenery and more. Cards that could be framed are available from artists Yvonne Halburian, Sharon Edwards and Wilma Shaffer.
New snow mates are being done by Rosie B. and the line has been enlarged. Holiday snow mates for Halloween and Christmas are on display. Each one is individually created by hand, and no two are alike. These unique little sock snow people are the perfect small thinking of you gift any time of the year.
Rio Grande County Museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte, just south of the stoplight. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please call 657-2847 or check the museum’s Facebook page: Rio Grande County Museum.


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