Juried Exhibit, call to artists

We are issuing a call to artists for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s sixth annual Juried Exhibition: A Regional Art Competition.

The submission deadline is April 24, with artwork received by that date.

The competition is open to artists 18 years or older residing in the Four Corners states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. It is open to artists working in any media, excluding functional crafts, photography, video, film, other electronic works and performance or installation art.

Cash awards will be $1,500 total for first second and third place, and the People’s Choice Award.

The juror will be Laura Murphy, an adjunct Iinstructor at Adams State College in Alamosa, where she teaches courses in art appreciation and women artists in art. In 2000, Murphy earned her B.A. in art, Summa cum Laude, from Adams State College. In 2006, she achieved her M.F.A. in open media: fibers and ceramics, Magna cum Laude, from Adams State College.

Murphy has been showing her artwork since 1984. Some of her most recent exhibits include the Midwinter Fest Juried Exhibit, Monte Arts Council, Monte Vista, Colo. in which she received first place for her ceramic and fiber artwork, and the juried San Luis Valley Folk Arts and Fiber Festival Exhibit, Monte Vista. Primarily a painter for the past 20 years, Murphy now considers herself a mixed media artist.

Entry fee for PSAC members is $20 for one or two entries; for nonmembers $25 for one or two entries. You may download the prospectus at www.pagosa-arts.com/events.html. For more information, contact Roxanne Schick at psac@centurytel.net or 264-5020.

Gallery hours

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is on its winter schedule, normally open Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. 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 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 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 at no charge for the first meeting.

Any and all are invited to join for annual dues of $20 for individuals and $30 for family membership. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at blconkey@rockymtncable.com or call 970-731-6877.

2009 calendars

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. Our next painting session is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, at the community center. If the weather is nice, we go outside to paint.

If the weather is bad we will paint in the Arts and Crafts Room. Please keep in mind that turpentine based painting materials can not be used in the Community Center. Please 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 in which 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, please 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 and suggestions for a class or 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.

To date all of 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 and leave your name and number and we’ll touch base with you.

Workshop calendar

All of the 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; pre-registration is required.

April 20 — Intense Composition Essence with Lorraine Trenholm.

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

May 18-21 — Beginners II Watercolor with Denny and Ginnie.

June 15-18 — Youth Photo Camp with Wen Saunders.

June 21-24 — Basket Weaving with Pat Jeffers (only two openings left).

July 16-17 — Pastels with Lorraine Trenholm.

Aug. 3-21 — Youth Art Camp with Sabine Baeckmann-Elge.

Aug. 25-26 — Field Journaling for Naturalists with Cynthia Padilla.

Aug. 27-28 — Painting and Drawing from the Masters with Cynthia Padilla.

Sept. 15-17 — Oil Painting with Tom Lockhart.

Sept. 28 — Poetry Writing with Bonnie Manion and Jeanine Malaney.

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 even volunteer. If you have questions or would like more information regarding joining 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 at the community center.

Annual PSAC membership meeting.

Annual Juried Art Exhibit.

Annual Photo Contest.

Home and Garden Tour.

Plein Air Painters Club.

Photography Club.

Summer Youth Art Camp.

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership please call 264-5020 or e-mail psac@centurytel.net.