‘Convergence — Three Women Artists’ opens next week

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.

High school musical

A cast of more than 40 students has been filling the high school auditorium with their sound, spirit, and footsteps over the past eight weeks as they work to create their characters from the West side of Brooklyn, New York, circa 1960 . 

They have recently been joined by Musical Director Dan Burch and his orchestra comprised of community members and students. The technical crews dealing with sound and lights have also begun work, all headed for an opening on April 14 at the high school.  “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, will explode onto the stage; we invite you to attend and experience the song, dance, heart and message of this classic Broadway production. The production will take place on April 14, 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Juried Exhibit, 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.

The entry Fees for PSAC members are $20 for one or two entries — 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 (970) 264-5020.

Art in the Garden Festival

The Art in the Garden Festival is a 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 Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 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.

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 about 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 aire at the event. Art considered must be oil, watercolor or acrylic if 2-D, or sculptures 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. 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, please contact Jeanine Malaney at 731-1664 or jeanine@malaney.us before March 31. Artists will be notified by May 1.

Gallery hours

PSAC Gallery in Town Park will continue with its winter schedule until March 26 and the exhibit season will begin April 1. The gallery is open during the winter Thursdays from noon-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 can e-mail us at psac@centurytel.net or leave a message at 264-5020. You can 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. 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 blconkey@rockymtncable.com or 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 nonmembers 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. Call 264-5020 to place your order. We will ship out of town or out of state.

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters meet the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at la predetermined location. Painters who work in any media are welcome. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share tips, ideas and resources. If the weather is nice, we paint outdoors. 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 cnter. On April 16 we will meet at Harmon Park. You will turn left at the light at the top of Put Hill and drive straight into park/museum area. Please contact PSAC for more information at 264-5020.

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.

PSAC has been sponsoring cultural arts programming, including our workshops, since its inception and these have been taught by local artists as well as nationally-renowned artists who are masters in their respective art fields. Workshops provide those who want to teach a venue 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, Plein Air Painting Club and a meeting location for additional clubs.

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.

Membership

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 psac@centurytel.net.