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Hospital, PSAC to sponsor juried art exhibition

The Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Pagosa Springs Arts Council have joined to produce a juried art exhibition and silent auction.

The purpose of the show is to seek sponsorship for the sale of the art works in this exhibition, for placement in the Pagosa Mountain Hospital’s permanent art collection; and to seek sales of silent auction items for the benefit of the Pagosa Mountain Hospital’s “tree carving project.” 

The art exhibition is seeking 2-dimensional work from artists 18 years and older, residing in Archuleta County and surrounding areas served by the Pagosa Mountain Hospital. Pieces selected for the exhibition must represent the flavor of the Pagosa area, particularly positive energy. 

Pieces submitted should demonstrate one or more of these characteristics: soothing, intriguing, uplifting, joyful, playful, exciting, colorful, hopeful, warm or inspirational.

All works must be for sale and original in concept and execution.

Randall Davis, Buster Griggs and Kathleen Steventon have agreed to jury the exhibit and are eligible to enter the exhibition as well.

The event has been organized by PSAC and PMA to further support the objective of enhancing visual art in Pagosa Springs. Through the vision of hospital CEO Brad Cochennet and many others, the Pagosa Mountain Hospital’s Tree Carving Project” involves the carving of the three dead trees located just outside the hospital’s South Pagosa Boulevard main entrance.  The trees are being carved by local sculptor Chad Haspels. Haspels, who began carving the first tree on June 30, through the generous  underwriting of the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation, has now completed the first two sculptures. 

All silent auction proceeds and any cash donations in excess of the remaining fund-raising goal will be used to fund the carving of a fourth tree located near the hospital’s Emergency Room entrance.

Deadline for artists’ submissions for this exhibition is Oct. 3.  Entry forms and further information can be obtained at the PSAC Gallery, 315 Hermosa St., by calling 264-5020, or by e-mail at or