PSAC opening exhibit: ‘Convergence — Three Women Artists’

The first exhibit of the 2009 season will feature three very talented and diverse artists.

The title of this exhibit is “Convergence — Three Women Artists.” The artists are Rachel Leigh Alber, Sindey Greher and Kay Harper Roberts, and Artsline will be profiling them in the coming weeks.

The opening reception at Town Park Gallery will take place Thursday, April 2, from 5-9 p.m.

Rachel Leigh Alber

“My work derives from taking raw building materials and shaping them into designs found in nature,” says Alber. “The sub-concise flow that is found in nature is what I am attracted to. I look for these patterns in life and express those with man made building materials found in our construction: rebar, concrete, nails, bolts... I am striving to develop a marriage by joining natural design with materials one could see as objects that are destructive to nature. I hope to express an alternative perspective toward a more natural and complimentary flow to nature while giving a fresh thought to what these materials can do and the part they play in our world.

“I have been working as a metal fabrication artist for over 11 years. I am a mostly self taught artist and have spent many years training beside other talented artists who work with steel as their medium. I started off as a painter and wanted my work to jump off the canvas although I was unable to get the 3 dimension I desired. I then interned with an artist in Seattle, working with different types of metals. I loved the malleable quality that steel has and knew that steel fabrication was going to play a big part in my future. So I bought myself a MIG welder, angle grinder and oxy/acetylene torch set and went to work.

I had been living in Seattle, Wash. ,for over 12 years where I exhibited at many different venues. I now reside in Pagosa Springs, share a studio with my father and we work together on many projects. I am also fortunate to be able to work and be inspired by my mother in the amazing setting of Pagosa Springs.

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, for artwork received by that date. The competition is open to all 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 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. Primarily a painter for the past 20 years, Murphy now considers herself a mixed media artist.

The entry Fees for PSAC members are $20 for one or two entries and for nonmembers $25 for one or two entries. You may download the prospectus at For more information, contact Roxanne Schick at or (970) 264-5020.

Art in the Garden Festival

The Art in the Garden Festival is a truly wonderful major event that those of you who enjoy fine art, quality entertainment, gourmet food and wine must experience.

Highlights of this annual event include original fine art from regional artists, musical entertainment from gifted and dynamic performers, culinary treats and fine wine all coming together in a tranquil, beautiful garden setting that will delight the senses with color and fragrance. Artists will be painting plein air or demonstrating their techniques. All money brought in from the festival will benefit the needy in our community through the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund.

This event will be held on Saturday Aug. 15, from 3-7: p.m. in the gardens of El Rancho Pinoso, 12 miles out Upper Blanco Basin Road (CR 326) south of Pagosa Springs. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Watch the local news media for upcoming information about this exciting event. Note: this is an adult event.

Art in the Garden call to artists

We invite you to participate. Selected professional artists may display their original art for sale, with 30-percent commission going to the festival fund-raiser. No entry fee and no booth fee required. Artists will be featured in PREVIEW articles.

We have limited space, so only about 12 professional artists will be selected (each may display four to six pieces, depending on size). Selection will be based on art style representative of the positive atmosphere of the festival, prestige offered to the event, ability to interface with the public and agreement to work plein air at the event. Art considered must be oil, watercolor, or acrylic if 2-D or sculpture of bronze or wood. Two -dimensional art will be displayed on door panels provided inside a covered, three-sided tent. (Note: food and drinks will be served in a separate tent.) Paintings must be framed and ready to hang with wire. Sculptors must provide their own pedestals that fit within a 4x4-foot footprint. All will provide their own title and price cards. Artists must remain at the site for the duration of the event to interface with the public. In case of inclement weather, artists may paint/demo inside the tents or possibly in one of the two ranch cabins. Artists are responsible for insuring their own artwork in transport to/from and during the event.

To apply, please contact Jeanine Malaney at 731-1664 or before March 31. Artists will be notified by May 1.

Gallery Hours

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is on its winter schedule. The gallery is normally open Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. although it will not be open on March 5. 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 Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Wednesday, March 11, in the Arts Room at the community center. Join us for refreshments starting at 6 p.m. (note the new time), followed by photo critiquing and business meeting at 6:30.

This month’s program will be a round table with each member bringing two prints (or jpeg files) and taking turns discussing them based on the following criteria.

a. Details involved in capturing the photo, i.e. location, time of day/year (lighting), camera, etc.

b. What subject/composition/setting inspired the photographer to make the print?

c. What adjustments (Photoshop/darkroom) were necessary to produce the photographer’s vision?

d. Is the photographer satisfied with the results?

e. What would the photographer do differently?

Please plan on attending and asking your questions and voicing your input on other member’s photos.

A monthly photo theme exhibit is held during each club meeting. The two categories are the theme category and the open category where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Refraction.” Members may enter as many as three prints, but no more than two in either category. President 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 at no charge for the first meeting. Any and all are invited to join for annual dues of $20 for single individuals and $30 for a family membership. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at or 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.

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
Rachel Alber’s work will be part of the “Convergence-Three Women Artists” exhibit at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery at Town Park, April 2-28.

Photo courtesy PSAC
“Convergence-Three Women Artists,” will feture the work of Sindey Greher. The opening reception at Town Park Gallery will take place Thursday, April 2, from 5-9 p.m.