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PSAC Sing-along a great success

Schiro’s Brewpub was transformed into a Broadway Stage last Thursday night with an audience of more than 50 Pagosa Springs Arts Council supporters.

There were at least five guest performers in addition to song leader Larry Elginer and John Graves on keyboard. We were razzle dazzled and entertained by Debbee Tucker, Johnny and Natalie Kay, June Marquez, Kim Moore and Sandra Behr.

This evening was such a hit that those in attendance were asking us to do a repeat performance in the near future!

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of the performers as well as Frank and Robin Schiro for graciously hosting the evening and providing delicious hors d’oeuvres, beverages and assorted desserts, and to Kim Moore for coordinating the fund-raiser and to all of the Arts Council Board Members for their support.

Board member profile

Carol Schneider is the new president of Pagosa Springs Arts Council as well as an accomplished jewelry designer.

For Carol, inspiration for her jewelry is everywhere she looks.

“Working with unusual materials in my jewelry has unleashed my creativity and challenged my design skills,” says Schneider. In her most recent work, Schneider has used miniature Acoma pottery, turned wood medallions (made by local artist Will Dunbar), ammonite fossils, and Anasazi pottery shards.

The pottery shards were used in a series of jewelry pieces titled “Honoring the Ancients.” Two of these necklaces were accepted into the Four Corners Commission Juried Exhibit in Durango. Schneider created the Honoring the Ancients series to commemorate the artistry of Anasazi potters. Each piece she created is truly one of a kind. The pottery shards in this series, which are over 1,000 years old, were given to her as a gift from private land in Arizona.

“In honor of these ancient artists, I am incorporating their work into mine to continue the life and enjoyment of these tiny pieces of art,” Schneider stated.

Schneider’s beaded jewelry incorporates a variety of techniques, including her favored peyote stitch beading. Her work also reflects her love of the West. In “Sedona,” another piece that was accepted into the juried exhibit in Durango, Schneider demonstrates her bead embroidery skills and fuses the colors of the West with a subject matter typically seen throughout the deserts of the West.

It’s no wonder Schneider’s work has been so influenced by the West and Native American culture. Schneider is originally from Arvada, Colo., and fondly remembers her many travels throughout the West as a child. Her career in education led her to spend 13 years living and working on three Native American reservations: the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota, and most recently the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, where she was a school superintendent at Rock Point Community School. In August 2009, Schneider moved back to her home state to live and pursue a career in art. She joined Artisans of the Southwest Gallery and Wine Room and became a board member of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council within the first month of her arrival. She became the PSAC board president in January.

Schneider has ambitious plans for PSAC.

“I have enormous shoes to fill,” says Schneider. “Our past President, Linda Echterhoff, did a phenomenal job reinvigorating the arts council and bringing in new events and programs. While continuing and building upon what Linda and others started, my main focuses will be increasing our individual and business members and building relationships with our member artists. Like everyone else, the arts council is suffering in these economic times. Many people believe that the arts are expendable — a luxury — they cannot afford right now. However, research shows a strong correlation between the arts and the development of intelligence, problem solving skills, and moral character. I believe the arts are not expendable, they are essential. The talent that exists in this tiny town of ours is truly astounding. PSAC can play and should play a huge role in promoting and developing this talent. We cannot do it, though, without the support of others through membership and donations. Our very survival depends on increased membership and donations so that the arts council can do justice to the talented artists in this community and provide its educational programs, especially for our community’s youth. I urge everyone to support PSAC with whatever they can afford.”

Over the next month, according to Schneider, PSAC will improve its Web site, making it easier for people to meet PSAC’s member artists and see their work. The Web address is The arts council is also developing its 2010 workshop and events programs. Arts Line will announce these programs in February.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be living in Pagosa Springs and being a member — and now leader — of such a talented community of artists,” Schneider says. “It’s a dream come true to be able to pursue my talents as an artist in such a great environment where there is no loss for inspiration in the sheer beauty of our surroundings.”

New location for PSAC

The Arts Council office is located in The Club building at 450 Lewis St., B-2. Our phone number is 264-5020. The new e-mail address is 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. The 2010 exhibits will be held in the rotunda at Town Hall thanks to their gracious offer to host these events. So, all in all, we are looking forward to the new changes, new venue and are excited about the 2010 season for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.

Winter schedule

The new winter hours for PSAC are noon-5 p.m. on Thursdays only.

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. You may e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our Web site at for additional information.

Saturday Drawing Workshop

The much-loved Saturday Drawing Workshop with Randall Davis will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. The cost is $38 and you may 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 February 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. Contact Pierre at 731-9781 for more information.

Pierre asks that registrations are made no later than one week in advance due to extensive class preparation, and there will be no refunds for cancellations.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Wednesday evening Feb. 10, in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Join us for socializing starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by photo critiquing, program and business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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. Please keep in mind that turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the community 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 Community Center 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., B-2 from 4-6 p.m. in the third floor conference room.

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.