A ‘Convergence’ at the Town Park Gallery

The works of Rachel Leigh Alber, Sindey Greher and Kay Harper Roberts provides a colorful, organic contemporary exhibit that is both powerful and striking with a complimentary flow.

Alber’s sculpture is suitable for both indoor and outdoor display.

Roberts’ mono prints are a colorful, unique process that you have to see to totally appreciate.

Greher’s bold, contemporary paintings are influenced by works of the modernist period.

The exhibit “Convergence: Three Women Artists” will run until Tuesday, April 28 at Town Park Gallery. Our new hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

Clay monoprint demo

Clay monoprinting, a relatively unknown process, 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 lead on Saturday, April 11, 11-3 p.m. at the community center. Kay discovered clay monoprinting in 2001 after working with clay slabs in pottery for more than 20 years. Her original clay monoprint 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 monoprint 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. The cost of the clay monoprinting demo is $35. Call the Arts Council to register at 264-5020.

Randall Davis portrait series

This month, Randall Davis will begin a long-awaited three- to four-part series on portraits. 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, April 18, 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. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and pay for the class. A supply list will be e-mailed or faxed if needed.

Discovering the Essence

Why do you choose to paint what you do? Do your paintings express your intent? When an artist decides to paint any particular scene or subject matter, there is something of interest in the scene that we want to express. But too often we get caught up in superfluous details and lose the power of our original concept and so the finished work is a watered-down version of what we originally had in mind. The Discovering the Essence workshop will teach artists how to “cut to the core” of what we want our work to be about and how to maintain that concept through to the finished piece, thus increasing the impact of our visual statement.

Award-winning artist Lorraine W. Trenholm will guide the class, analyzing each person’s photos for paintings, creating a painting, and then talking about the results.

This special painting workshop Intensive is limited to six participants. It will take place April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. The cost is $75. Students will need to bring photos to work from (at least six) and their media of choice to work in.  We would suggest photos no larger than 16x20 as we do not work on each study very long. Register and prepay with the Pagosa Springs Art Council 970-264-5020.

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 entry 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. The exhibit 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.

The entry fee for PSAC members is $20 for one or two entries and for 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 264-5020.

From your president

On behalf of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Board of Directors, thank you for your support. Our non-profit organization has provided creative and diverse experiences in the arts since 1988. However, due to the economic downturn our membership, donations, and grant awards are down over 40 percent. We seriously need your help now or we face cutting services within the next year.

Our 2008 accomplishments include nine visual arts exhibits, the Pagosa Mountain Hospital Art Competition resulting in nine new artworks for the Hospital’s permanent art collection, participation in the Mural on Main initiative, the Pagosa Country calendar, oversight for three other non-profit arts divisions, our Artist Studio Tour, Larry Porter piano concert, an Art Auction, and over 500 hours of art workshops offered, including Youth Art Camp and their Bird House Project benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

Please renew your membership. Any further donation will be greatly appreciated! Stop by Town Park Gallery Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., and pick up the 2009 workshop and exhibit schedule (available at many locations around town). And mark your calendar for our May 20 annual meeting/dinner at Nello’s.

Photography Club

The Photography Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month during the club year, from September through May 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 family membership. For more information, contact 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 non-members 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 a 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 center. On April 16 we will meet at Harman 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.

Workshop calendar

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 Community Center. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

April 11 — Clay monoprinting demo with Kay Harper Roberts, $35.

April 18 — Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

April 20 — Discovering the 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.

Sept. 15-17 — Oil Painting with Tom Lockhart.

Sept. 28 — Poetry Writing with Bonnie Manion / Jeanine Malaney.

Photo courtesy PSAC
Artists Rachel Leigh Alber, Sindey Greher and Kay Harper Roberts are seen here at last week’s opening of “ Convergence: Three Women Artists,” at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery at Town Park. The exhibit continues through April 28.