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PSAC to host Summer Youth Art Camp
Friday, November 12, 2010

The PSAC Summer Youth Art Camp, taught by Sabine Baeckmann-Elge, will take place Aug. 3-21. W

e are looking forward to our second annual Birdhouse Public Art Project benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County. Students will once again decorate birdhouses that will be auctioned off at the Summer Youth Art Camp Exhibit. Time and place of the exhibit will be announced.

In addition to the birdhouse project, students will learn watercolor techniques and explore three-dimensional design.

The Art Camp will be held from 10-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center.

Call PSAC 264-5020 to register and pay for the class.

Juried Exhibition ends July 21

PSAC’s sixth annual Juried Exhibition continues to run at Town Park Gallery through July 21.

You are invited to stop by and view the work of 24 local and regional artists which includes the first, second and third place winners and to place your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The Ruby M. Sisson Library and the Pagosa Springs Arts Council are pleased to jointly present Salon Supplémentaire in tandem with the Juried Exhibition. PSAC invites you to come and explore the diverse work in both of these shows.

Watercolor portraits with Pierre Mion

Pierre Mion is teaching one of his rare portrait classes this summer. These classes are fun and relaxed with no high pressure. You will receive a lot of personal attention and beginners are more than welcome. There will be photos and sketches for each student of the two subjects we will paint. You may also bring a photo of your choice for the second portrait. The workshop will be held July 20-22 with an optional fourth day on July 23. The price is $240 for PSAC members or $265 for nonmembers. The extra $25 pays for a one-year membership in PSAC. The cost of the optional fourth day is $65. Register early for the class is limited to 10 students.

Call Pierre at 731-9781 for information and a list of art supplies. All classes will be held in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please bring your own lunch

 An old friend of Pierre’s from Chevy Chase, Md., is coming out to Pagosa Springs to take this workshop. She is 85 years old and they have been friends for 47 years.

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 can also visit our Web site at for additional information.

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 (approximately 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 cannot be used in the Community Center. Call Kayla, 731-9100, if you need more information.

PSAC 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 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.