Winter Watercolor Workshop with Pierre Mion

Pierre Mion is scheduled to teach his popular Winter Watercolor Workshop featuring Pagosa area snow scenes, one of which is featured on the December page of the 2009 Pagosa Country Calendar.

All levels of students are most welcome. You will receive a lot of personal attention and assistance. Pierre is a master painter and a master instructor. His easy, relaxed method of instruction and mentoring makes his classes most enjoyable. He helps and encourages each student to grow in artistic understanding and techniques without any pressure. He is always ready to answer a question or demonstrate a technique. I strongly recommend that anyone seriously interested in learning watercolor painting by a master artist sign up for any of Pierre’s classes.

The indoor painting classes will be in the Art and Crafts Room at the community center Jan. 19, 20 and 21 with an optional day on Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Pierre will provide the subject matter and you will need to bring a lunch on those days. The cost is $240 for members, $265 for non-members. The optional day is an additional $65. A 50 percent pre-paid deposit is required and this will be fully refundable if the class is not held.

You can sign up at the Town Park Gallery on Thursdays between noon and 4 p.m. or call 264-5020.

Call Pierre with any questions at 731-9781. Pierre is a nationally and internationally recognized artist and worked with Norman Rockwell for 12 years. His major client for 38 years was National Geographic Magazine.

Gallery hours

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park ison its winter schedule. The gallery is normally open Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. although the gallery will be closed today, Thursday, Jan. 1.

The gallery is not staffed on a regular basis but voice mail and e-mail messages will be checked regularly, so please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You may e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020. You may also visit our Web site at for additional information.

Photography Club

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May from 6-8 p.m. Interested photography enthusiasts are welcome to attend the first meeting at no charge. Any and all are invited to join for annual dues of $20 for individuals and $30 for family membership. For more information, contact club vice president Barbara Conkey at or call 731-6877.

2009 calendars available

The 2009 Pagosa Country Calendars are available for sale in the Town Park Gallery. The calendars sell for $8.95 plus tax for non-members and $7.95 plus tax for PSAC members. There are also quantity discounts: 10-24 for $6.95 each and 25-plus for $5.95 each. These calendars make ideal holiday and Christmas gifts. Call 264-5020 to place your order.

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters meet the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at a predetermined location. Painters who work in any media are welcome. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share, tips, ideas and resources. If the weather is bad we meet at 10 a.m. at the community center in the Arts and Crafts Room. Keep in mind that turpentine based painting materials cannot be used in the community center. Please contact Jean Shah, for more information, at 264-0188, or e-mail  m.  

PSAC workshops

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council sponsors and manages workshops in the Arts and Crafts Room at the community center. From the outset, the Arts Council has been a partner and supporter of the center.

We started the workshops in 2002 and they have grown substantially since that time. Workshops provide those who want to teach a venue to do so and, at the same time, give our residents a place to learn something new whether it is watercolor, acrylic, oil, drawing, photography or the like. The space also provides a home for the Photo Club, Watercolor Club and a meeting location for various clubs.

If you are interested in teaching a workshop or class, call the Town Park Gallery at 264-5020 for a workshop application form or download the form from our Web site, I

If you are a resident and have ideas and suggestions for a class or workshop we haven’t offered, please let us hear from you. The Arts Council’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 533, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, or e-mail

To date, all our workshops have been held during the day. Would evenings work better for you? Would you prefer a series of classes? If you would like to see the Arts Council offer workshops in either of these formats, call PSAC at 264-5020, leave your name and number and we’ll touch base with you.

2009 workshop calendar

All workshop classes are held in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes.

Jan. 10 — One-day drawing workshop with Randall Davis.

January 19-21 — Winter Watercolor Painting

with Pierre Mion.

Feb. 19 or 21 — Marketing for Artisans with Wen Saunders.

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, call 264-5020 or e-mail

Watch the Artsline column for information regarding the 2009 Workshop Calendar.

New members and volunteers

Started in 1988 the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, a non-profit organization, was conceived and developed to, in part, promote the awareness of the vast array of local artistic talent, provide educational and cultural activities in the community, sponsor exhibits and workshops by local and regional artists, and encourage and support continued appreciation and preservation of the aesthetic beauty of Pagosa Springs.

If becoming involved with such a dynamic organization excites you, we hope that you will consider becoming a member or, perhaps, volunteer. If you have questions or would like more information regarding membership, call the PSAC office at 264-5020.

Membership rates are: Youth-$10; Individual Senior-$20; Individual Regular-$25; Family Senior-$25; Family Regular-$35; Business-$75; Patron-$250; Benefactor-$500, Director-$1,000 and Guarantor-$2,500 and up.

2009 PSAC Sponsored Events Include:

Gallery Exhibits in Town Park, May-November.

Art Workshops and Classes in the Arts and Craft Room of the community center.

Annual PSAC Membership Meeting.

Photo courtesy PSAC
Pierre Mion’s watercolor painting of the Sportsman’s Store is featured in the 2009 Pagosa Country Calendar. Mion is scheduled to teach his Winter Watercolor Workshop Jan. 19-22.