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Photo Club Juried Exhibit opens

The Pagosa Springs Photo Club’s annual exhibit opens at 5 p.m. today with an artist’s reception from 5-7 p.m. at Town Park Gallery.

This is a juried exhibit consisting of 25 prints selected by juror Barry Durand, president of the Durango Photo Club. Thirteen highly-experienced photographers are represented.

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

PMH/PSAC Juried Exhibit

Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s second collaborative Juried Art Exhibition and silent auction is on schedule for Oct. 17- Dec. 11.

This year’s opening and artist’s reception will be catered, and will feature keyboard entertainment by John Graves.

The art exhibition is seeking two-dimensional work from artists 18-plus years old, who reside in Archuleta County and surrounding areas served by the Pagosa Mountain Hospital.

The pieces selected for the exhibition must carry the flavor of our area, particularly positive energy. Art pieces submitted should demonstrate one or more characteristics listed: 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 act as jurors and are eligible to enter the exhibition also. Deadline for submissions for this exhibition is Oct. 3.  Contacts for entry forms and further specs on the show are PSAC Gallery at 315 Hermosa St., 264-5020, or e-mail or

Please feel free to attend, enjoy and share in the talent of our local artists.

Poetry with Bonnie Manion

Learn about another art form —poetry. It’s satisfying, and it’s therapeutic! 

Join our half-day poetry writing workshop with Bonnie Manion and learn how to release the poet within.

Bonnie speaks to each reader’s heart with her poetry. An accomplished poet, Bonnie’s works have appeared in more than 30 journals. She is a member of the Illinois State Poetry (ISPS) Society, National Federation of Poetry Societies, the Poetry Society of America, The Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Foundation. She has been associated with St. David’s Christian Writers Association (SDCWA), Catholic Writers Association and The Society of American Poets. She has often been listed in Marquis “Who‘s Who In America” and Marquis’ “Who’s Who Among American Women,” as well as receiving the Peoria, Ill., Catholic Diocese’ highest lay award, the Pere Marquette Medal, in 2001.

The workshop will be held Monday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m.-noon at the community center. Cost is $25. Call PSAC to register 264-5020. All proceeds benefit PSAC.


The theme of the Oct. 3 beading class with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin is “Repair-Restring-Redesign.” You can bring your own materials and if you have a necklace or a piece of jewelry that is no longer appealing you can bring it to the class. It may need to be repaired, restrung or completely redesigned, using crystals and beads to give it a whole new look.

Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for the class. Also, mark your calendars for a special holiday beading class in December.

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 artists’ reception. You can also visit our Web site at for additional information.

Photo Club

The Photography Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May . 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.

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters meet at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at a predetermined location. 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.

Call Jean Smith at 264-6647, 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 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. 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, and Guarantor-$2,500 and up.