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Lavern Burton joins PSAC board of directors

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council welcomes Lavern Burton as a new board member.

Lavern moved permanently to Pagosa Springs in September 2008 with her family — Justin, Heather and Bralee.

Lavern was an established fine artist and private teacher in Canyon, Texas, and in the panhandle area. She graduated from West Texas A&M University and taught public school art and math before opening her own studio and gallery.

She loves the continued journey of learning what art has to offer. Lavern has been part of numerous juried and solo exhibitions. Her work is included in public and private collections across the country. She has also been featured in local articles and Artists of Texas, Vol. IV.

For the past 10 years, Lavern’s focus has been on extremely large “canvases” for churches, schools, banks and personal home murals. The largest was a recreation of the pool area in the movie “Meet Joe Black.” But, she also loves portraits and commission work for special events.

During her more than 20-year art career, she has studied with many prominent artists such as Robert Pummill, Diane Maxey, Ben Konis, Jack Sorenson and Ruth Bryant-Biffle as well as with her great uncle, Carl J. Smith.

Since moving to Pagosa she has taken classes from pastel artist Lorraine Trenholm and is looking forward to beadwork with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin before Christmas and, next year, a concentration on bronze sculpting.

After joining the Pagosa Springs Arts Council community exposure has opened up. Lavern submitted an entry for the Mural on Main project, served as docent for the Home and Garden Tour, and assisted with the PMH-PSAC Juried Exhibit. Lavern has done illustrations and logo designs for author Andrea Lyles and is in the process of sketches for a new elementary school entry sign. She has submitted a piece for card reproduction by Roxanne Schick and is looking forward to continued joy in her profession as an artist in this beautiful area.

According to Lavern: “My personal philosophy in regard to my gifts and talents is to treat them with integrity in honor of the Lord.”

PSAC thanks jurors

Pagosa Springs Arts Council would like to thank local artists Buster Griggs, Randall Davis and Kathleen Steventon for serving as jurors for the Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Pagosa Springs Arts Council 2009 Juried Exhibition.

The exhibit will continue to hang at Pagosa Mountain Hospital through Dec. 11 and offers a great opportunity for sponsors to promote the permanent collection of artwork for the hospital and clinic.

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.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photo Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month during the club season, 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 club president T.J. Reynolds at or 731-9681.

Plein Air Painters

The PSAC is proud to be the parent organization for Plein Air Painters. This fun 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. This 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.

Call Jean Shah 264-0188, if you need more information.


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.

Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

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

PSAC welcomes new members

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 artists and artisans, 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.