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Drawing on the Essence of Our World

Lorraine Trenholm and Chad Haspels have successfully teamed up for their co-exhibit of Balance and Chaos in Nature: Drawing on the Essence of Our World which is currently showing at PSAC Town Park Gallery. With Chad’s award-winning artistic background obviously expressed in his sculpture, and Lorraine’s beautifully rendered paintings and pastels, this exhibit is one of the most colorful and striking of the season. This exquisite exhibit is a must-see and if you missed the opening drop by Town Park Gallery Tuesday through Sunday from noon-4. The exhibit will run until August 18.

People’s Choice Awards

The winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s annual Juried Exhibition is Alison Jeffs’ oil, “Little Living Large,” which received 14 of 110 total votes — a new record number of votes for our People’s Choice Award! Alison, of Farmington, N.M., and known for her imaginative and whimsical illustrations, gives her humorous take on animals and insects in “Little Living Large.”

The winners of this year’s People’s Choice Award for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s Salon Supplémentaire, with a tie of six votes each, are Randy Albers’ oil, “Storyteller” and Mary Cruz Magdaleno’s pencil drawing, “Lápiz.” Congratulations to all of the winners.

Expression through beading

“It is wonderful to assist another with their own expression,” says Elizabeth Claire Baldwin. “Be it beauty enhancement, or personal totems, everyone has a way of expressing themselves through their adornment. I strive to contribute beauty to this world through the emotional connection and reverie my clients feel when they experience the embellishment of personal decoration.” 

Elizabeth earned a B.F.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of North Texas. She has created jewelry for clients such as Coldwater Creek, Sundance and J.Marco. She currently resides in Pagosa Springs with her partner, who shares her passion for art and nature. She enjoys the serene landscape that provides the inspiration for her creative color combinations and the delightfully dynamic designs for which she is known. The next beadling class will be held Aug. 1, 1-4 p.m. at the community center Arts and Crafts Room. Cost is $35 plus supplies. Call 264-5020 to register and pay for the class.

Summer Youth Art Camp

The PSAC Summer Youth Art Camp, taught by Sabine Baeckmann-Elge, will take place Aug. 3-21. We are looking forward to our second annual Birdhouse Public Art Project, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County. Students will decorate birdhouses and the birdhouses 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, Aug. 3-21 in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center.Call PSAC 264-5020 to register and pay for the class.

Field sketching and journaling

Try your hand sketching outdoors like an early naturalist, combining a scientific eye with artistic beauty. Pagosa Springs Arts Council premiers this beloved tradition pairing art and science, in a gentle ramble led by visiting artist Cynthia Padilla. Cynthia is a painter of rare antique botanical maps and engravings, and instructs painting and drawing courses at prestigious universities, science and nature centers, museums and arboreta across the United States, Canada and Central America.

You will work side by side as Cynthia demonstrates techniques in simple, transportable materials, offers gentle critiques and dispenses one-on-one tutelage. No previous art training is expected, since drawing will be used as a tool for observation. You will emerge with a sketchbook journal of careful observations, quick scribbles, sparkling watercolor vignettes, collected ephemera, rubbings, notes and notations, diminutive landscapes, measurements and musings. All participants are welcome to later include their work in a non-juried exhibition curated by the instructor. Cost: $170 for PSAC members; $195 for non-members.

Register now because this is a special “visiting artist” workshop, pre-registration is due now for the workshop to take place. A deposit reserves your space and full payment is due before start date. Weather does not cancel, so there will be no refunds unless the workshop is not held. A supply list will be provided at registration, and be sure to bring a lunch.

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

A Certificate of Attendance (11 contact hours) will be provided, allowing for continuing education hours for teachers, professional development, practical knowledge, volunteer hour applications, personal enrichment for gardeners, naturalists, friends of the environment, grants and proposals and educators desiring to integrate stimulating inquiry-based, art/science/writing activities into the classroom.

In conjunction with the workshop, the public is invited to view a one-evening exhibit by Cynthia Padilla at the Pagosa Springs Community Center Arts and Crafts Room. Join the instructor and other workshop participants there for a “Meet and Greet” and discussion of the genre Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m.

 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.

Photography Club

Members of the Pagosa Springs Photo Club will present a photo exhibit at PSAC Gallery, opening Sept.17. This is a juried show. The juror is Barry Durand, Ppresident of the Durango Photo Club. Additional information and rules regarding the exhibit are provided on the PSAC Web site:

The club is in recess during the summer months, but meets on the second Wednesday of the Month from September through May. Regular meetings are held in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center from 6- 9 p.m.

The photo club is an excellent resource for learning new ideas and techniques through the monthly programs and interaction with members. In addition to scheduled programs and critiques, the club also provides activities such as field trips and sponsored exhibits. Nonmembers are eligible to participate in the upcoming PSAC exhibit by paying membership dues for the 2009-2010 club season.

Whether you are a beginner wishing to improve your photography or an accomplished photographer who wishes to share their experience and knowledge with others, please join us for the coming year. Membership rates are $20 for individual, $30 for family, and $10 for student. For further information, contact Barbara Conkey at 731-6877 or at

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters meet at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at a predetermined location. On Aug. 20 we will meet at the Piedra River at U.S. 160. 

Drive west of Pagosa on U.S.160. Continue past the intersection of Colo.151. As you approach the Piedra River crossing, turn right on the road just before the bridge. Call Jean Smith, 264-6647, if you need more information.

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 center.

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.

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

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