Only a few days left to see ‘Animal Verses’

John Graves’ book, “Animal Verses for Grownup Children,” and accompanying illustrations are on display until Tuesday, June 23 at the PSAC Town Park Gallery.

Artist Sabine Baeckmann-Elge displays her matted illustrations of the book. 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 Sabine Baeckmann-Elge (970) 769-3635.

The next PSAC show is the sixth annual Juried Exhibition: A Regional Art Competition. It will open with an artist’s reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 25.

Home and Garden Tour

The 2009 Home and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, will take place Sunday, July 12, from noon to 4: p.m.

The four homes on the tour are exquisite, artistically unique and coordinated with nature in totally individual styles. Featured at the homes will be miniature artwork, dish gardens and hanging floral baskets that will be for sale, with proceeds going to PSAC. Hors d’ouevres will be provided at one of the homes and desserts at another.

Tickets are available at the Chamber, Higher Grounds and the Town Park Gallery. Directions will be included with each ticket.

For more information call PSAC 264-5020.

The Nuns are back!

Music Booster’s summer show, “Meshuggah-Nuns!” is rapidly approaching. Show dates are June 26, 27 and 28 (a 2 p.m. matinee) and July 1, 2 and 3.  MB is producing yet another musical in the “Nunsense” series.  We invite everyone to join the Nuns and their newfound friend, “Howard,” on an hilarious ride and new adventures aboard a cruise ship.  Tickets are available at the Chamber, online at, or at the door. All performances are at the high school auditorium and all but the matinee are at 7 p.m. Prices are $15, $12, $5.

Gallery hours

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is now on summer hours. We are open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. You may 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 have been marked down and are now for sale at half price in the Town Park Gallery. The calendars normally sell for $8.95 plus tax for non-members and $7.95 plus tax for PSAC members. Call 264-5020 to place your order.

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters meet at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at a predetermined location. On July 16 we will meet at the Piedra River picnic area. Drive north on Piedra Road until the road crosses the river (approx 25 minutes from U.S. 160). There is a picnic area with tables and restrooms on the right side of the road. 

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 community center 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.

July 16-17 — Pastels with Lorraine Trenholm.

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

July 20-23 — Watercolor portraits with Pierre Mion, $240 for PSAC members, $265 for nonmembers.

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