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.

Studio Focus: Sindey Greher

(By Linda Echterhoff.)

Sindey Greher, a New York native, moved to Pagosa Springs in August 2006 and it hasn’t taken long for her artistic talents to be noticed.

Greher spent some of her early years in Antigua, West Indies, where she was influenced by Caribbean art, music and culture. She later earned her MFA from New York University and has painted fervently ever since. Greher has been influenced by painters such as Edouard Vuillard, Paul Klee, Mondrian, Kandinsky and Chardin. One can certainly see the influences of these great masters in Greher’s works.

Her art expresses her love of color and forms, perhaps transcending from Kandinsky’s theoretical analysis of these elements as a purely subjective form of experience; letting colors and forms act on one’s own living sensibility. Greher’s abstract paintings are vibrant with highly detailed surfaces, and often incorporate mixed media such as fabrics and paper. She is truly a master of the color palette. Similar to Klee, Greher uses color in a variety of unique and diverse ways, manipulating color with great skill and passion.

Greher is a prolific painter. She paints; paints; paints. As a result, the Grehers’ home is somewhat of a museum, with over 100 of her paintings displayed on the walls, packed in crates or stored in the closets. Greher’s works also adorns the walls in area businesses. She has had recent showings in the Ignacio library and in Del Norte and Alamosa, Colorado. Her current showings are at House of Nine in Durango, Colorado and Higher Grounds Coffee in Pagosa Springs. One of Greher’s works in acrylic was recently exhibited in the Durango Arts Center’s 2008 Annual Members’ Exhibit alongside the works of over 40 other artists.

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 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. Primarily a painter for the past 20 years, Murphy now considers herself a mixed media artist.

The entry fee for PSAC members is $20 for one or two entries and for nonmembers $25 for one or two entries. You can download the prospectus at For more information, contact Roxanne Schick at, or 264-5020.

Art in the Garden Festival

The Art in the Garden Festival is a 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 aire 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, twelve miles out Upper Blanco Basin Road (CR 326) south of Pagosa Springs. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Watch The PREVIEW for upcoming information about this exciting event. Note: this is an adult event.

We invite artists to participate in Art in the Garden.. 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 about 4-6 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 aire at the event. Art considered must be oil, watercolor, or acrylic if 2-D or sculpture of bronze or wood. 2-D art will be displayed on door panels provided inside a covered, three-sided tent. Food and drinks will be served in a separate tent. Paintings must be framed and ready to hang with wire. Sculpture artists must provide their own pedestals and 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, 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 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 club 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.

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership please call 264-5020 or e-mail

Photo courtesy PSAC
Anthony Steventon’s “Flower Storm,” was one of the works selected for the 2008 PSAC fifth annual Juried Art Competition. A call to artists for work for the regional show has been made, with a submission deadline of April 24.