Photo contest winners announced

The opening night of the annual Pagosa Springs Photo Contest was a huge success, with standing room only throughout the evening.

Great food and drink complemented the excellent photographic entries. The opening kicked off the start of a three-week-long show at the Frame and Photo Depot and Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. which will run until March 6.

The following is a list of the winners from the contest.

Domestic Animals: First — Richard Sandor, “Notch the Ranch Dog;” Second — Suzi White, “Ruby;” and Third — Shannon Silz.

Landscape or Scenic: First —Carol Sexton; Second — Mark D. Roper, “Silver and Gold;” and Third Jerry Lester, “High in the Aspens.”

Action or Sports: First — Joe Bigley, “Wrong Turn;” Second — Jere Hill, and Third — Ryan Beavers, “Bike Jump.”

Flora: First — Linda Pampinella, “Lilly;” Second — Kyle Monks, and Third — Sidney McCammond, “Leaves on Deck.”

People: First — Richard Sandor, “Bather in India;” Second — Julia Adams, “High School Blues,” and Third — Barbara Conkey, “Pam’s Bounty.”

Close Up: First — Carla Shaw, “Trapped in the Web of Time;” Second — J D Deilgat, and Third — Dave Douglas, “Fancy Colt.”

Black and White: First — Mike Pierce, “El Castillo Chichen Itza;” Second — Pam Boone, “Savannah’s Reflections” and Third — Linda Pampinella, “The Door.”

Wildlife: First — Shannon Silz, Second — Nancy Artis, “Morning Pride,” and Third — Deb Knoblauch, “Pondering His Potential.”

Open: First — T.J. Reynolds, “Springs Resort;” Second — George R Johnson, “Smoking Pipe Street,” and Third — Dave Douglas, “Cisturn’s Istanbul 6th Century.”

Sunrise/Sunset: First — John J. Taylor, “Storm A’ Coming;” Second — Linda Valadez, “Winter Warmth,” and Third — Matthew Witting, “Sunset on St. Mary’s River.”

Youth: First — Walker Powe, “Chimney Rock;” Second — Serina L. Thomas, and Third — Marley Weaver, “Watching.”

Special Techniques: First — Al Olson, “Hay Barn;” Second — Shannon Silz, and Third — C.J. Herrington, “Chief Reynard Faber.”

Call to Artists

This is 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. The competition is open to all artists, 18 years or older, residing in 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 places and “People’s Choice” Award.

The juror will be Laura Murphy, an adjunct instructor 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, Color. Primarily a painter for the past 20 years, Murphy now considers herself a mixed media artist.

The entry fee for Pagosa Springs Arts Council (PSAC) members is $20 for one or two entries. The fee for nonmembers is $25 for one or two entries. You may download the prospectus at For more information, contact Roxanne Schick at or (970) 264-5020.

Portrait series

Randall Davis will begin a three- to four-part series on portraits in March. Students will begin by drawing key elements of the face — eyes and mouth to start, then graduating to facial structure, hair and general composition.

Students will initially work on those elements and probably won’t complete a finished portrait in the first class.

In the next classes they will progress to a front-on portrait, followed by work on three-quarter or side views with attention to perspective. The first workshop of the series will be held Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Cost for each class is $35. Pre-registration is required. Please call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and pay for the class. A supply list will be e-mailed or faxed if needed.

Gallery Hours

The gallery is open Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m., although it will not be open March 5. The gallery is not staffed on a regular basis, but voice mail and e-mail messages will be checked regularly. E-mail to, or leave a message at 264-5020. You may also visit our Web site at

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 the first meeting at no charge.

Annual dues are $20 for individuals and $30 for families. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at 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 nonmembers and $7.95 plus tax for PSAC members. There are also quantity discounts: 10-24 for $6.95 each and 25+ for $5.95 each.

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 allows, we paint outdoors. Otherwise, we will paint in the Arts and Crafts Room. Turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the Community Center.

The March 19 Plein Air Club meeting will be held at the home of Jean Smith — 464 Eight Mile Road. Please call Jean, 264-6647, for more information and driving directions.

PSAC Workshops

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council sponsors and manages workshops in the Arts and Crafts Room at the Community Center. 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, 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 council’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 533, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147 or e-mail

Workshop Calendar

All of the workshop classes are held in the Arts & Crafts Room of the Community Center. Please call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

March 14 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

April 4 — Beading with Elizabeth (Lizz) Claire Baldwin, $35.

April 20 — Intense composition essence with Lorraine Trenholm, $75.

May 6-8 — Beginners I watercolor with Denny and Ginnie, $150/$175.

May 18-21 — Beginners II watercolor with Denny and Ginnie, $195/$220.

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.

Sep 15-17 — Oil Painting with Tom Lockhart.

Sep 28 — Poetry writing with Bonnie Manion and Jeanine Malaney.


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 you will consider becoming a member or volunteer. For membership questions, 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.

Photo courtesy PSAC
Participants at the Plein Air painting session Feb 19 at the Community Centerincluded, from left, Jan Nanus, Jeanine Malaney and Jean Smith. The March 19 meeting of the Plein Air painters will be held at the home of Jean Smith.