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Cactus dollhouse will benefit Rocky Mountain PBS

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Imagine a 3-foot-tall saguaro cactus that is home to a family of mice.

This particular cactus happens to be blue, and the mice are dressed in sombreros. Their cactus home has a bedroom, living room and kitchen and is complete with furniture, dishes, tile floors and wall decorations.

This piece of art, called “La Casa de Saguaro,” is being displayed through June 21 at Shadow Mountain Gallery on Main Street in downtown Evergreen. It was created by Outlaw Arts, formerly known as Women of Cloth. The eight women artists in Outlaw Arts are donating the proceeds from the piece to Rocky Mountain PBS.

Outlaw Arts meets monthly, and the artists have spent over a year — about 350 hours — working on this piece, which could be used as a decoration or as a dollhouse for children, said Sue Bittell, a member of the group.

The women, who all work in textiles, got together to make an adobe dollhouse, Bittell said, and it turned into a cactus and a mouse house. They decided that since they worked on it together, they would donate proceeds to charity.

The work of the women individually and collectively is on display at Shadow Mountain Gallery.

The cactus is made of a fiber papier-mache, and everything in it is hand-made or hand-painted, Bittell said. The tiny mouse dolls are made from scratch, as Bittell put it.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.