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‘Natural Expressions’ opens tonight at PSAC Gallery

“Natural Expressions” is an exhibition of work by four local women artists: June Jurcak, Catherine Wagner, Ann Shurtleff and Elizabeth Claire Baldwin.

June expresses her love of nature in her watercolor paintings of flowers, insects and hummingbirds, as well as by producing a line of cards featuring plants and other varieties of birds.

Catherine paints plein air as well as indoor still lifes using watercolor, pastels and colored pencils. Her paintings are aesthetically pleasing, serene and tranquil.

Ann Shurtleff draws ideas from nature, flowers, trees, mountains and animals for her silk paintings that are represented in wall hangings, scarves and art-to-wear clothing.

Elizabeth Claire Baldwin rounds out the exhibit with custom jewelry designs using earthen elements of semiprecious stones.  

The opening artists’ reception for this collective exhibit is tonight, Aug. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at PSAC Town Park Gallery.

Field sketching

Try your hand at 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 returning visiting artist Cynthia Padilla on Aug. 25 and 26.

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 technique in simple, transportable materials, offers gentle critique 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 is $170 for PSAC members, $195 for non-members. The class will be held Aug. 25-26 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register now. Because this is a special “visiting artist” workshop, pre-registration is due now for the workshop to “go.” A deposit reserves your space and full payment is due before the 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 is recognized 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. The certificate is for 11 contact hours.

Gallery hours

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. We hold exhibits every three and a half weeks, each preceded by an artists’ reception. 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, president 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 please 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 Sept. 17, we will meet at the pond behind the River Center.  There are good spots to paint at either the pond or along the river. Please 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 Pagosa Springs Community Center Arts and Crafts Room. Keep in mind that turpentine based painting materials can not be used in the Community 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. 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— cancelled.

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