Bookmark and Share

Photo Club exhibit will open Sept. 17

The Pagosa Springs Photo Club Annual Show is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 with an artists’ reception at PSAC Town Park Gallery.

The exhibit will include 25 prints selected by juror Barry Durand, president of the Durango Photo Club. Thirteen photographers are represented.

The public is invited to attend the opening and meet the photographers.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Wednesday evening, Sept. 9, in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Join us for refreshments starting at 6 p.m. followed by photo critiquing and business meeting at 6:30.

The Pagosa Photo Club is pleased to welcome photographer/artist June Russell as this month’s guest speaker, with a program on the artistry of images entitled, “Composition: Eyes Wide Open.

June will discuss the elements of composition that result in strong images. June has been a fine art photographer for 15 years and has taken classes and attended photo expeditions and workshops. Her inspiration comes from nature where she finds her spiritual link. Her work has been in many juried competitions, and she has had a large solo show in Houston which featured 47 of her images. She is currently associated with Betz Gallery in Houston. June’s most recent work involves making abstract from macro images of flowers. You can see her work and learn more at

A monthly photo theme exhibit is held during each club meeting. The two categories are the theme category and the open category, where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Summer.” Members may enter as many as three prints or digital images, but no more than two in either category. June Russell and President Barbara Conkey will lead the critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than have specific judges.

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. interested photography enthusiasts are welcome to attend at no charge for the first meeting. Any and all are invited to join for annual dues of $20 for single individuals and $30 for family membership. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at or 731-6877.

Natural Expressions

The Natural Expressions exhibit continues to run at Town Park Gallery, so come in and view the colorful, organic, varied artwork by local artists June Jurcak, Catherine Wagner, Ann Shurtleff and Elizabeth Claire Baldwin.

The show will run until Sept. 17 and Town Park Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Trenholm pastel workshop

Lorraine Trenholm is teaching another pastel painting workshop, Sept. 15, 16 and 17.

Pastels Plus Technique will consist of two days of No Boundaries with Pastels and the third day will concentrate on developing your technique.

Cost of the class is: two days — $175 for non-PSAC members or $150 if PSAC member; third day is an additional $75. There is a $25 supplies fee if you don’t have your own. PSAC hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Or call 264-5020 and you can pay by credit card over the phone.

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, preceded by an opening artist’s reception. 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 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 community center Arts and Crafts Room. Please 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 Community Center. All of the workshop classes are held in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

Sept. 15-17 — Pastels Plus Technique with Lorraine Trenholm.

Sept. 28 — Poetry Writing with Bonnie Manion and Jeanine Malaney.

Oct. 3 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Dec. 5 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

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