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Stephanie Lochbaum: Artistic expressions in fused glass

Welcome to a biography of fused glass artist and PSAC member Stephanie Lochbaum.

Stephanie grew up in Texas, but has vacationed in Colorado since childhood. Her love of the mountains — and especially the aspens that thrive there — has lured her back ever since. She now splits her time between Austin, Texas, and Pagosa Springs.

Stephanie, a mathematics professor, began working with fused glass in 2004. What began as a way to express her creative side has evolved into a second career.

In 2007, she began studying fused glass at East by South East Studios in Austin, under the guidance of Glenda Kronke and Flo Vasquez. She has also studied under other talented glass artists, including Paula Kenmuir, Robert Leatherbarrow and Amy Schlief-Mohr.

“The rustle of branches, the contrast of golden leaves against a crisp fall sky — those are the images that lured me to Colorado and made me into a hiker in the first place,” said Stephanie. “After moving to Pagosa Springs in 2008, I started recreating those images in thick layers of vibrantly colored glass. Each piece in my current Fall Aspen series offers a different perspective of what I see — and feel — whenever I lace up my boots and head outdoors.”

You can reach Stephanie by contacting PSAC at 264-5020 or through her e-mail: stephanie@lochbaumglassart.com.

Broadway tunes sing-along

Warm up your January nights and sing out your winter blues. Come dressed in your favorite Broadway attire and invite your friends and neighbors for a great night of song and gaiety.

This night of show tunes, featuring John Graves at the keyboard, will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pagosa Pub Works Brewpub at 185 N. Pagosa Blvd.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and assorted desserts will be provided along with a cash bar. Tickets, at $15, will be available at Pagosa Pub Works Brewpub, Higher Grounds and the Chamber on Jan. 5.

We’ll be singing your favorites, so we hope to see you there! The Pagosa Springs Arts Council sponsors this fund-raiser.

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.