Art exhibit opens at library tonight

Beginning this evening, May 7, the Ruby Sisson Library will host an exhibit of the artwork of the students of local artist and instructor Sabine Baeckmann-Elge.

These talented artists will show off their talents and creativity at the library for the next few weeks.

All local residents, students range in all stages of accomplishment from beginners to painters of many years, and in age from youth to adults.

There will be a variety of media on display, including acrylic and oil paintings, pencil drawings, and watercolors. The students work independently, and choose their media and subject matter on their own. They learn in an open studio environment, which offers them the opportunity to explore many different media, and to receive one-on-one instruction to learn new skills, techniques and develop their own styles. This unique learning environment is offered not only to youngsters such as those whose works will be on display, but to adults as well.

Baeckmann-Elge is a career artist and designer who has been teaching art here in Pagosa Springs since 2002. She also has conducted the 2008 Summer Youth Art Camp, which culminated in an auction of uniquely hand-painted birdhouses. Funds raised from that auction benefited Archuleta County’s Habitat for Humanity. A 2009 Summer Art Camp is planned for August of this year, again with a final birdhouse project to benefit Habitat.

The reception for the exhibit will be held tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. and the display will be open to the public through July. Refreshments will be served at the reception and many works and prints will be available for purchase.

Photo courtesy Sabine Baeckmann-Elge
“LeafLines” is a watercolor by Sabine Baeckmann-Elge. She and her students will show their work in an exhibit that opens tonight at the Sisson Library.