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Hospital art exhibit continues through Dec. 11

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, in conjunction with Pagosa Mountain Hospital, sponsored the latest in a series of art exhibits featuring local artists.

To kick off the exhibit, there was an artists’ reception where attendees could meet the artists, listen to live entertainment, enjoy an array of refreshments and peruse the works of art on display at the hospital.

This wonderful exhibition will run until Dec. 11, and was juried by acclaimed local artists Randall Davis, Buster Griggs and Kathleen Steventon.

The exhibit features 24 works of art which were created by 12 local and accomplished artists from Pagosa Springs. Artists participating in the show are: Sandy Applegate, Virginia Bartlett, Lavern Burton, Ken Einig, Laurel Epps, Maria Kolpin, Stephanie Lochbaum, Dale Malaney, Jeanine Malaney, Laurie McAnlis-McCreary, Pierre Mion and Karina Silver.

At the beginning of the reception, hospital CEO Brad Cochennet told those present that the funding to have artist Chad Haspels begin the carving of the third tree in the parking area was complete. So, the proceeds from the silent auction that night would be used for the development of campus signage for the hospital grounds. Weather permitting, Haspels will begin carving the third tree in December.

During the artists’ reception, there were five pieces purchased and sponsored into the permanent art collection. They are as follows:

 “Pagosa Peak Sunset,” by Virginia Bartlett, has been graciously sponsored by Jack and Catherine Threet. Virginia Bartlett has lived in Pagosa Springs for 23 years and continues to find her inspiration in the beauty of her surrounding, and paintings capture the essence of the scene in an impressionistic manner.  Her paintings have been juried into and have won awards in nationally juried exhibits in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and her art is in collections in the U. S. and Europe. She has continued to study by taking workshops with nationally known artists to improve her techniques and to continue to grow as an artist.  Bartlett teaches weekly classes at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

“Sportsman’s Store,” by Pierre Mion, is also sponsored by Jack and Catherine Threet. Pierre Mion has been a resident of Pagosa Springs since 1996. He brings a wealth of talent and experience to his classes, and his works have been exhibited worldwide including the NASA fine arts collection and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s collection. Some notable clients are: National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Magazine, Look, Life, Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, and Air & Space Magazines. Mion assisted Normal Rockwell with several assignments and his works include several postage stamps and postcards for the U.S. Postal Service.

“Big Horn” and “North Clear Creek Falls,” by Dale Malaney. “Big Horn” is graciously sponsored by Buck and Katherine Frisbee and “North Clear Creek Falls” is also graciously sponsored by Mike and Karen Kelley. Dale Malaney became interested in the hobby of photography art after retiring from a career in aerospace engineering with Lockheed Martin in Arizona. He finds his inspiration through great landscapes, snow capped mountains, wildlife, insects, and wildflowers as he creates his art through digital photography. After moving to Pagosa Springs in 2004, Malaney became interested in the arts and is now the official photographer for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council events. He enjoys painting for friends and family, and for the community. Malaney has exhibited locally and is also a professional Web master.

“Unity Circle,” by Laurel Epps is most graciously sponsored by Lal and Linda Echterhoff. Laurel Epps was born and raised in Southern California and has been creating art most of her life. She is a new resident of Pagosa Springs, having moved here from Homer, Alaska, following a two year road trip. That road trip had Epps and her husband, in their role and independent filmmakers, filming and interviewing for their soon to be released film entitled “Soul Resonance.” Currently, Laurel continues to create mixed media art using the newly-introduced monotype technique called Reductive Ink developed by D. Michael Coffee, and has exhibited work at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Art.

All pieces in the exhibition are available for sponsorship in the hospital or clinic’s permanent art collection, and everyone is invited to come by the hospital and view the amazing display of local talent.