Advanced High School Art Students Exhibit opens April 30

Next up at the PSAC will be the Advanced High School Art Students Exhibit, which will open with an artists’ reception Thursday, April 30, from 5-7 p.m. in Town Park Gallery.

The current exhibit: Convergence: Three Women Artists will run until Tuesday, April 28. Our new hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

Exhibit postcards in digital form

In an effort to reduce our costs and save on the use of paper, PSAC is going to be sending exhibit postcards in an e-mail blast from now on.

We hope we won’t miss contacting you and we would like our members to notify us if they have a new e-mail address or if their e-mail address has changed. Our e-mail address is or you can call 264-5020 and we’ll look forward to hearing from you.

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, 2009 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, Colo.

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.

Beginners I Watercolor Workshop

Denny Rose and Ginnie Bartlett will offer this adult workshop on May 6, 7 and 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the community center. The class is for individuals who have always wanted to try their hand at watercolor, who are not ready to take other workshops or who have tried watercolor on their own. It offers a chance to learn to paint with others who are sure they have no talent, those frustrated by other classes and those who have struggled to learn on their own with limited success. Come and join us. Learn the important things you need to know about materials and techniques to begin creating your own works of art. Watercolor is magic and we’ll have lots of fun as you learn!

Mornings are spent on lessons and exercises with brushes, paint and paper, and learning the basics of brush strokes, value, color and simple painting techniques. Afternoons will be spent painting. Denny and Ginnie use an overhead teaching mirror as they demonstrate each step. You’ll see how the materials are handled and follow the instructor in completing a painting using the lessons of the morning.

Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and for a supply list. Please bring a lunch — we don’t stop long enough for you to go out.

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 May 21 we will meet at Town Park, near the PSAC Gallery. Please contact PSAC for more information at 264-5020.

PSAC 2009 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 center. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

May 6-8 — Beginners I Watercolor with Denny and Ginnie, $150/$175.

May 16 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

May 18-21 — Beginners II Watercolor with Denny and Ginnie $195/$220.

June 6 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

June 15-18 — Youth Photo Camp with Wen Saunders.

June 20 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

June 21-24 — Basket Weaving with Pat Jeffers.

July 16-17 — Pastels with Lorraine Trenholm.

July 18 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Aug. 1 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Aug. 8 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

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. 19 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

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

Oct. 3 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Oct. 17 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Nov. 21 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Dec. 5 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Dec. 19 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

New members and volunteers

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 that you will consider becoming a member or perhaps even volunteer. If you have questions or would like more information regarding joining, 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.

2009 PSAC-sponsored events include:

Gallery Exhibits in Town Park, April-November.

Art Workshops and Classes in the Arts and Craft Room of the community center.

Annual PSAC Membership Meeting.

Annual Juried Art Exhibit.

Annual Photo Contest.

Artist Studio and Gallery Tour.

Home and Garden Tour.

Plein Air Painters Club.

Photography Club.

Summer Youth Art Camp.

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

Photo courtesy PSAC
“Song of Mineral Creek” by Lorraine Trenholm was an entry in the 2008 fifth annual Juried Art Competition. The deadline for submissions for consideration in this year’s show is tomorrow, April 24.