Community art show issues call for entries

Artisans of the Southwest Gallery & Gifts announces its annual Community Art Show Feb. 5 through 26. The show will be held in the gallery located at 175 Pagosa St.

Artists working in any medium may enter. Works should be no larger than 16x20. Larger entries will be accepted, space permitting, with an additional entry fee. Artists may enter up to four entries. Artwork should have been completed in the last four years. Each work must be ready for hanging (with appropriate wire), unless it is specifically intended to be unframed.

Artists should bring their art to the gallery on Monday, Feb. 2, between noon and 5 p.m., or ship to arrive by February 2. Art mailed by the U.S. Postal Service should be mailed to P.O. Box 4486, Pagosa Springs, CO 81157. Items shipped by UPS or Federal Express should be shipped to 175 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs, CO., 81147.

Entry forms may be picked-up at the gallery prior to entry between noon and 5:30 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and Tuesdays. Entry forms can also be found on-line at

Three prizes will be awarded. “People’s Choice” ($175) will be selected by patrons during the show on opening night and by those visiting the gallery through Feb. 13. “Best of Show” ($75) and “Best Newby” ($50) will be selected and judged by Artisans of the Southwest Gallery artisans Wen Saunders (photography) and Sandy Applegate (watercolor, acrylic, mixed media). The “Best Newby” award will be presented to a non-professional artist. Both professional and amateur artists may enter the show.

Several artists at Artisans of the Southwest will judge the show, including Saunders and Applegate. For over thirty years, Saunders has traveled throughout the country documenting life’s events. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the country and have appeared in American Cowboy Magazine and Western Horseman magazines. Tamron Industries, has published her western images in their lens manufacturing catalogs and brochures. Her previous clients include Fort Lewis College Theatre, Tamron Industries, Hasselblad USA, Pagosa Quality Fishing Project, Western Dairy Council, The Wedding Co-op, and a host of artists and businesses in Pagosa Springs, Denver, and Boulder, Colo. Saunders has also served on the board of the Pagosa Art Council and wrote Arts Line for The Pagosa SUN.

Applegate has been a resident of Pagosa Springs for more than 14 years. Born in Wisconsin, she was raised in Illinois, and attended art school in Chicago. Sandy devotes her time to creating and marketing her artwork, as well as skiing, hiking, reading, and gardening. Her artwork deals with shape, color and ideas, definitely with her own version of reality. She works primarily in acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink. She often incorporates mixed media to create unusual effects.