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PSAC features member artists

In the coming weeks we will feature a new Pagosa Springs Arts Council member who is also an artist and lives in the Pagosa Springs area.

As part of this added feature, Annie Jacobi, of Jacobi Designs, writes the following bio.

“I was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and grew up all over the country. Always creative as a child, I concentrated on portraiture and fibers as a youth.  After college my career life in San Antonio, Houston and Albuquerque was devoted to a marketing and advertising path within the Bell System, both pre and post divestiture.  

“After 15 years with the company, I took early retirement to marry Charlie, move to a dairy farm and raise our family.  As our children, Julie and Chuck, were growing up, I began to re-involve myself in fashion, textiles and fiber arts, concentrating on garment design, wearable art and construction, eventually being lucky enough to travel extensively and take couture specific classes from California to London for years.  This led me to founding a chapter of The American Sewing Guild, Inc. in Albuquerque, which grew to a healthy membership that thrives today.  After serving as the chapter’s first President, I was elected to the National Board of Directors of ASG.  This job involved more travel and developed into my teaching newsletter, sewing and couture details classes around the U.S.  

“After retiring from the guild and returning to college, this time in Santa Fe, to learn the art of silversmithing, I discovered a new love!  Almost three years of study, yet still a beginner; have convinced me to allow room for a workshop in my garage.  Are there any other silversmiths out there who want to get together and create?

“During this time, I was gaining experience and practical knowledge in home design and building, remodeling and interior design.  After being asked to help friends and family with their own interiors, I began extensive studies that lead to my beginning my own interior design consulting business.  All my previous interests and talents have lead me to this second (third, fourth?) career from which I’m now semiretired since moving to Pagosa four years ago, but I still make myself available for interesting jobs.  I’ve even been a featured designer with my work shown on HGTV.

“We built our home here a few years ago and it was a full-on creative outlet to ‘do’ the whole thing at once; design the home from the ground up, learn CAD to accomplish this, get the home constructed, detail and spec everything in the home and see it to the final product.  Exhausting at times, but worth it in the end.

“Anyway, back to the silversmithing/jewelry thing — I love making sterling silver fabricated pieces of my own design, but find that it’s labor intensive, which makes it very expensive, so I concentrate on jewelry making with semi-precious stones and beads and unusual findings.  This lead to further studies and now my work is known for its unique look and unusual color stories.  It’s statement jewelry.  My strength in my work has been the visual impact, the colors, whether in interior design, clothing construction, quilting, knitting, felting, beading, etc.  I never make the same piece twice - all my work is one of a kind in every sense.  I love to add sterling silver shapes and hand worked elements, which combines the two skills and makes the piece more interesting and allowing me to stay involved with silver work.”

Sing-along

Get ready for a fabulous sing-along in January.

Please watch the Artsline for more news next week about a new fund-raiser being planned by PSAC in January.

Town Park Gallery

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 psac@centurytel.net or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our Web site at www.pagosa-arts.com for additional information.

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. All 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 rmp1950@msn.com or 731-9681.

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 center. Please call Jean Shah 264-0188, if you need more information.

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, 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.