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PSAC Sing-along tonight at the Brewpub

The PSAC Sing-Along is tonight, 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, for $15, will be available at the door.

This night of fabulous show tunes will feature Larry Elginer leading our songfest and on the trumpet, along with vocalist Debbie Tucker and John Graves at the keyboard.

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

PSAC featured artist

Donna Merchant-Crooks is a professional artist and woodcarver. She works in a plethora of mediums and is accomplished in each of them.

Donna has a kinship with nature, where she finds solace and inspiration. She spent years cooking and pulling mule strings in Idaho’s Frank Church wilderness, developing an appreciation for the rare and untouched views of life. Today Donna’s wilderness is the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. She sparks her creativity by fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

Donna is self-taught. Ask her if she has worked in a particular medium and if she hasn’t, she’ll reply, “not yet.” She believes a person can do anything in increments. Her work proves this.

Donna is currently building a body of work that reflects themes about women . . . their challenges, their joys, their friendships, their empowerment. Her pieces provoke a range of emotion and contemplation. She chose bronze as the medium for this body of work. Her first bronze, “Moon River” is shown at Handcrafted Interiors in Pagosa Springs.

To view more of Donna’s artwork visit Wild Spirit Gallery and her Web site,

A new home

Since the Town Council has voted to demolish Town Park Gallery we have found a new home.

The Arts Council office will be located in The Club building on Lewis Street effective Feb. 1. Our new address will be 450 Lewis St., Unit B2, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The phone number, 264-5020, will remain the. Our new -address will be

Our workshops will continue to be held in the community center Arts and Crafts Room until March 31 and after April 1 they will be held in The Studio at The Club.

Our exhibits will be held in the rotunda of Town Hall.

So, all in all, we are looking forward to the new changes and new venues, and are excited about the 2010 season for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.

Saturday Drawing Workshop

The much-loved Saturday Drawing Workshop with Randall Davis will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. The cost is $38 and you can call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and prepay for the class.

Winter Watercolor Workshop

A Winter Watercolor Workshop with local Pagosa Springs artist Pierre Mion will be held Feb. 22-24 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the community center Arts and Crafts Room.

Pierre is an internationally-known artist and illustrator who worked with Norman Rockwell for 12 years and has exhibited worldwide. He brings a wealth of talent and experience to his classes, helping locals discover the joy and excitement of doing watercolors.

Classes are limited to 10 persons, therefore you will receive a lot of personal attention and assistance. All levels of students are welcome, including beginners. These classes are designed to be relaxed with no high pressure and enjoyable for each student.

The tuition is $250 for PSAC members and $275 for non-members. February 25 will be an optional day for $70. There will not be a photo shoot ahead of time and you will be painting snow scenes in watercolor.

Please contact PSAC at 264-5020 for registration and payment. Registrations must be made no later than one week in advance, due to extensive class preparation and there will be no refunds for cancellations.

Winter schedule

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council is now closed for the winter. Although the office is not staffed on a regular basis, voice mail and e-mail are 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 Photography Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Join us for socializing starting at 6 p.m., followed by photo critiquing, program and business meeting at 6:30.

The Pagosa Photo Club is pleased to present the DVD “Ansel Adams.” Few American artists have enjoyed more widespread popularity while alive than Ansel Adams. A visionary photographer, pioneer in technique, and environmental crusader, Adams took part in a revolution in photography, and in the ways he saw “the continuous beauty of the things that are.” Ric Burns’ film biography of Adams is an intimate portrait of a man for whom life and art were inextricably connected with photography and wilderness.

A monthly photo theme exhibit is held during each club meeting. The two categories are the Theme Category and the Open Category where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Black and White.” Members may enter as many as three prints or digital images, but no more than two in either category. President T. J. Reynolds will lead the critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than have specific judges.

The Photo Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. at the community center Arts and Crafts Room. 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 Reynolds at or 731-9681.

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters offers a wonderful opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts alike to share tips, ideas and resources. Painters who work in any media are welcome. This creative group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. Please keep in mind that turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the center.

Our schedule has changed and from now on we will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month. If the weather is nice, the group paints outdoors. If the weather is bad, the group paints in the Arts and Crafts Room. Please call Jean Shah, 264-0188, or Jean Smith, 264-6647, if you need more information.

Board meetings

You are invited to attend our monthly board meetings and we appreciate your suggestions for future efforts in developing the arts in Pagosa Springs.

The board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our Feb. 23 meeting will be held in our new location in The Club building, 450 Lewis St., from 4-6 p.m. in the third floor conference room.


PSAC welcomes the following new members:

Teri Everett is an educator living in Florida. She is a frequent visitor to Pagosa Springs and an avid supporter of local artists.

Guy Schmickle is a digital landscape photographer from Bayfield, Colo. His work is locally displayed at Artisans of the Southwest Gallery and Wine Tasting.

Artisans of the Southwest Gallery and Wine Tasting join PSAC is a new business member. Artisans of the Southwest is owned by and under the directorship of Wendy (Wen) Saunders, a local photojournalist.

Pagosa Computers and Networks is also a new business member and supporter of the arts.

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.