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PSAC introduces new board member, artist

I would like to introduce its newest board member, Carol Schneider.

Leaving her position as a superintendent at a school on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, Carol moved to Pagosa Springs in August to pursue her art career.

Carol’s work features unusual objects, such as Anasazi pottery shards and wood medallions, and combines natural stones, glass beads and metal elements.

She enjoys experimenting with and using the artwork of other artists such as Will Dunbar’s turned wood and Marcia Kmack’s lamp work beads. You will find Carol’s unique jewelry on display in the PSAC Gift Shop when we open again in the spring and she is currently showing at Artisans of the Southwest.

We welcome Carol to PSAC and applaud her hard work in coordinating the council’s upcoming Festival of Trees project and writing grants for PSAC.

 Festival of Trees

Call to Artists: The Pagosa Springs Arts Council is participating in the community’s Festival of Trees project as a major fund-raising event.

We need your help in this exciting project that will not only benefit the Arts Council, but will also benefit a needy family in our community.

Artists are needed to make ornaments with other members of PSAC or to donate a handmade ornament. The theme for the tree is “From Our Hands.” The colors — blue, silver and plum —will allow this tree to be displayed year round.

For more information, contact Carol Schneider at 731-0526 by Oct. 18.

Gallery winter schedule

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is now closed for the winter.

Although the gallery will not be staffed on a regular basis, voice mail and e-mail will be checked regularly, so please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You can e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our Web site at for additional information.

Exhibition and silent auction

Everyone is invited to attend the PSAC and Pagosa Mountain Hospital Juried exhibition exhibit opening and artists’ reception to be held at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Clinic campus on from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

The focus of this year’s collaborative exhibit, which will feature the juried art works of our beloved local artists, is to seek sponsorship of these works to continue to add to the permanent art collection of both the Hospital and Clinic.

As part of this year’s collaborative exhibit, a silent auction of donated art, jewelry and other fun items will be held, with all the proceeds benefiting the hospital’s Tree Carving Project.

Come out, enjoy the warm, smooth jazz vibes of John Graves on keyboard and savor the delectable hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages, while you sponsor your favorite local artist’s work and outbid your friends at the silent auction.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photo 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 club president T.J. Reynolds at or 731-9681.

Plein Air Painters

We are the parent organization for Plein Air Painters and this group meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at a predetermined location.

Painters who work in any media are welcome. The group offers a wonderful opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts alike to share tips, ideas and resources. 

If the weather is nice, the group paints outdoors. If the weather is bad, the group paints in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. Please keep in mind that turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the community center. Please call Jean Shah, 264-0188, if you need more information.

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. Please call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for classes; pre-registration is required.

The next PSAC Workshop is Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin on Dec. 5. The cost is $35 plus materials.

New members and volunteers

Our members are our organization’s lifeblood, and we always welcome new and renewed members!

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 , and encourage and support continued appreciation and preservation of the aesthetic beauty of Pagosa Springs.

If you would like to join the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, please mail your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to PSAC, P.O. Box 533, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. You will also need to enclose a check payable to PSAC for the membership rate of your choice.

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.