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Residents can find free copies of the first edition of Waving Hands Review, a literary and arts magazine from Colorado Northwestern Community College, at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., and Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 School Road. Copies also are available to read at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., and Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

No one can explain the "waving hands" pictograph in Pintado Canyon.

Two outstretched, disembodied hands. A welcome? A warning? A show of gratitude or a plea for salvation?

Joe Wiley, Colorado Northwestern Community College professor and editor of the college's new literary and art magazine, Waving Hands Review, can't explain their purpose.

He does, however, think they are perfect symbol for Northwest Colorado artists, and that is why the pictograph's likeness is featured on the 1,000 copies of the Waving Hands Review now available.

"It's on the front and back covers, and it kind of says, 'We're here,'" Wiley said. "I thought that was kind of symbolic of western Colorado, of artists in western Colorado. Artists are here, but no one really knows about it."

Until now, possibly.

The first edition of the Waving Hands Review is a 48-page booklet of short fiction, non-fiction, art and photography, all produced by residents of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Contributors include Craig

residents Sue and Tom Beachman, David Morris and Carol Jacobson. Sue won the Editor's Choice Award in artwork for one of her photos but could not be reached for this story.

Jacobson said she was "thrilled" to be a part of something so unique to the local area.

"I think it is extremely cool that Northwest Colorado has a magazine of literature and the arts of its own," she said. Colorado University "has one, Stanford has one, and now our little community college in Northwest Colorado has one."

Wiley said he plans to make the magazine an annual publication. This year's product, was a "trial run," and he hopes to expand the audience and open up submissions to all residents in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties for future editions.

"We feel pretty confident, and now we want to open things up for everyone in Northwest Colorado," Wiley said.

He's eager to keep going after seeing the response he, his creative writing students and the magazine's contributors received.

It was the first chance for residents to have their own waving hands noticed, Wiley said.

"People really got excited about it," he said. "There's nothing like that in Northwest Colorado for people to just have other people read their work or their art."

Residents can find free copies of the magazine at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., and Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 School Road.

Copies also are available to read at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., and Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

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