Photo contest People’s Choice award winners

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s annual Photo Contest and made the event such a great success. 

Following are the winners of the People’s Choice Awards.

First place — Dave Douglas, “HAGIA Sophia Istanbul 537 AD.”

Second place — Julie August,”“Mama Plus Three.”

Third place — Richard Sandor, “Notch, the Ranch Dog.”

‘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.” Those artists are Rachel Leigh Alber, Sindey Greher and Kay Harper Roberts.

The opening reception at Town Park Gallery will take place Thursday, April 2 from 5-7 p.m.

Clay Mono Prints: Kay Harper Roberts.

Clay mono printing is a relatively unknown process that was invented some 30 years ago by a potter. It is taught from time to time through workshops such the one that Kay Harper Roberts will be demonstrating on Saturday, April 11, at the community center.

Kay discovered clay mono printing in 2001 after working with clay slabs in pottery for more than 20 years. Her original clay mono print is a print pulled from a clay slab using colored clay slips.  Once design, color, patterns and textures are built up on the slab, a print is pulled onto a textured paper. The layering process is what gives the clay mono print its unusual effects. 

Kay resides in Durango and owns Harper Roberts Gallery with her husband, potter Scott K. Roberts.  Kay was selected for the Pagosa Springs Art Council’s 2008 Juried Exhibition.

Call to artists

We have issued 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 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.

The entry Fees for PSAC members are $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 (970) 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. Artiststo/from and during the event.

To apply, please contact Jeanine Malaney at 731-1664 or BEFORE March 31, 2009. 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.

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 Jeffer).

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
This monoprint is by Kay Harper Roberts, one of the exhibitors in the PSAC’s first show of the season — “Convergence – Three Women Artists.” Other artists in the show are Rachel Leigh Alber and Sindey Greher. The opening reception at Town Park Gallery will take place Thursday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m.