Entry deadline for photo contest is Feb. 10

The 21st annual Pagosa Springs Photo Contest will be held Feb. 13-March 6.

Entries will be accepted through Feb. 10 at Frame and Photo Depot or Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. Both of these businesses are located in the Cornerstones Building on the corner of Village Drive and Talisman drives, one block north of McDonald’s.

Area shutterbugs can pick up entry forms and rules at Frame and Photo Depot Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or from Higher Grounds 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s contest will be judged by Paul Boyer, and features multiple categories, including a special youth photographer category.

Local photographers are encouraged to submit their work and to stop by Frame and Photo Depot or Higher Grounds for more information, contest rules and entry forms.

The show will open to the public in a gala event, filling both business spaces Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. All photos will be on display until March 6 at both locations.

For more information, call Frame and Photo Depot at 731-4511.

Drawing in perspective

“Drawing with Randall Davis” will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. Students will be drawing a weathered barn and Randall will address perspective in an exercise before beginning the drawing. The class is appropriate for all levels — beginners as well as advanced. You will leave the class with a completed drawing! Cost is $35, and you need to call the Pagosa Springs Arts Council (PSAC) at 264-5020 to pre-register and obtain a supply list.

One-day beading class

Explore creative color combinations with a simple design using semiprecious gemstone chips and Czechoslovakian seed beads. Working with local jewelry artist Lizz Baldwin, you will complete lovely pieces of jewelry. The first beading class of 2009 will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1-4 p.m. in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. You may bring your own supplies or purchase them at a discounted rate from Lizz. The cost of the class is $35, plus supplies.

Gallery hours

The PSAC gallery in Town Park is on its winter schedule. The gallery is open Thursdays, from noon-4 p.m. The gallery is not staffed on a regular basis, but voice mail and e-mail messages will be checked regularly. You may e-mail us at psac@centurytel.net, or leave a message at 264-5020. You may also visit our Web site at www.pagosa-arts.com for additional information.

Photography Club

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Arts and Crafts Room at the community center. Join us for refreshments at 6 p.m. (please note the new time), followed by photo critiquing and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. This month’s program will be a presentation by Al Olson on the power of black and white photography.

Monthly photo competition themes are held during each meeting. The two competition categories are the theme category and the open category where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Black and White”.

Members may enter as many as three prints, but no more than two in either category. Tom Peterson will lead the critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than have specific judges.

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 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 a family membership. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at blconkey@rockymtncable.com, or call 731-6877.

2009 calendars

The 2009 Pagosa Country Calendars are available for sale at 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. 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. If the weather is bad we meet at 10 a.m. at the community center in the Arts and Crafts Room. Turpentine based painting materials cannot be used in the community center. Contact Jean Shah for more information, at 264-0188, or e-mail: jean_gautam@hotmail.com.

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, or photography. 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, www.pagosa-arts.com. If you are a resident and have ideas or suggestions for a class, a series of classes, or a workshop we haven’t offered, let us hear from you. The arts council’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 533, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, or e-mail psac@centurytel.net.

Work shop calendar

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

Feb. 7 — Beading with Lizz Baldwin.

Feb. 14 — Saturday drawing class, with Randall Davis. Note the change of date.

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

April 20 — Intense Composition Essence, with Lorraine Trenholm.

May 6-8 — Beginners I Watercolor, with Denny and Ginnie.

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 volunteer. Call 264-5020, or e-mail psac@centurytel.net to volunteer, join or renew your membership.

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.

The 2009 PSAC sponsored events include: gallery exhibits at Town Park from May-November, art workshops and classes, the annual PSAC membership meeting, annual juried art exhibit, annual photo contest, the home and garden tour, Plein Air Painters Club, Photography Club and Summer Youth Art Camp.

Graphic courtesy RandallDavis
Drawing with Randall Davis will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. Students will be drawing a weathered barn and Randall will address perspective in an exercise before beginning the drawing. The class is appropriate for all levels — beginners to advanced.