Graves’ whimsical animal verses draw opening night crowd

John Graves enjoyed reading excerpts from his newest book, “Animal Verses for Grown-up Children” at the opening reception Thursday evening, May 28, at Town Park Gallery.

This blend of art and humorous verse is a first for the art community of Pagosa Springs. People chuckled and applauded at John’s animated reading.

Sabine Baeckmann-Elge proudly displayed her matted illustrations of the book. The illustrations deserve two to three glances to discover the hidden innuendos mischievously depicted by Baeckmann-Elge.

Also on display is a body of work by Sabine called “Animal Lines,” depicting animals in a unique light. The book is available by special order, as are fine art prints of the illustrations and “Animal Lines.”

Copies of the book and prints are available in the gallery office or by calling Baeckmann-Elge, (970) 769-3635.

If you missed this fabulous opening, the exhibit will run through June 23.

Beading class

Explore creative color combinations with a simple design using semiprecious gemstone chips and Czechoslovakian seed beads.

Working with local jewelry artist Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, you will complete lovely pieces of jewelry.

This class will take place Saturday, June 6, from 1-4 p.m. in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. You may bring your own supplies or purchase them at a discounted rate. Cost of the class is $35, plus supplies. Call PSAC, 264-5020, to register.

Gallery hours

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is now on spring/summer hours. We are open Tuesday through Sunday noon to 4 p.m. You can also visit our Web site at for additional information.

Photography Club

The Photography Club is currently off for the summer and will begin meeting again the second Wednesday of September. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at or 731-6877.

2009 calendars

The 2009 Pagosa Country Calendars are still 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 a predetermined location. On June 18, we will meet at the Old Barn near U.S.160 on the west side of town. The barn is across the highway from the Turkey Springs Store. Meet at the store at 10 am. Kayla Douglass will give directions from there. 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. Please call Kayla, 731-9100, if you need more information.

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.

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.

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