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PSAC to hold first Artist/Board Get-Together

Calling all artists (whether you are a member of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council or not) to the first Artist/Board Get-Together.

The event will take place at Artisans of the Southwest and Wine Room (next to Farrago’s downtown in the Aspen Grove Plaza) on Feb. 24 from 4: to 6 p.m. A buffet menu of wings, pizza sampling, and deli salads will be prepared by Farrago’s Market Café. Wine from Chile, Spain, Colorado, Virginia and California will be available for only $5 per glass. The cost of the event is $10, payable at the door. Bring your spouse and/or artisan friends. This is our opportunity to meet one another, enjoy some food and wine together, and share our passion for the arts. Please R.S.V.P. to board president Carol Schneider at 731-0526 or via e-mail at Hope to see you there!

Board member feature

Pagosa Springs Arts Council Vice-President Jeanine Malaney’s one-of-a-kind fabric collage paintings, watercolors and oil paintings have been exhibited in Arizona and Colorado.

She is represented locally by Wild Spirit Gallery and sells internationally from her Web site  She is a member of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, the Durango Arts Center, Colorado Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

Jeanine took art classes in college and has studied with Pierre Mion (illustrator for National Geographic, Jacques Cousteau, and NASA) and Tom Lockhart (Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters).  Her preferred style is American Western Realism but she also enjoys abstractions of deep space telescopic landscapes. 

“My artwork acknowledges a lifelong spiritual affinity with mountains and the cosmos and celebrates the glory of God’s creation,” she says.

Jeanine has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics from Indiana University and she did graduate work in computer science.  She retired in 1999 from an exciting aerospace engineering career with Lockheed Martin. Jeanine and husband Dale moved to the cabin they built in Forest Lakes, Ariz. There she served on three community boards: the Domestic Water Improvement District board; the International Lions Club board; and the United Methodist Church Board of Trustees. Jeanine started the local book club and served as president of the local quilting club for two years.

Jeanine and Dale moved to Pagosa Springs in November 2004.  Jeanine volunteered with Hospice of Mercy, Art in the Garden, the Methodist Church Council and serves on the Arts Council board. Jeanine and Dale have five children and five grandchildren.

Artist’s luncheons

PSAC is offering another great way for artists and board members to get together, share ideas, inspire one another, and build PSAC together. Join our artists luncheons every third Friday of the month at noon at Nello’s Bistro in the uptown City Market plaza. Our first luncheon will be held Feb. 19.


In response to our appeal for support from local and area businesses, PSAC would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to the Strater Hotel in Durango for donating a gift certificate for $50 for dinner at the hotel’s Mahogany Grille restaurant. This gift certificate will be used as a giveaway item during our 2010 Artist’s Studio and Gallery Tour.

There are many ways in which local and area businesses can support the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Please log on to our Web site at and click on the “membership” button to learn how your business can support our efforts to strengthen the arts in Pagosa Springs and achieve our mission and goals in 2010.

Member artists on Web site

We’ve made a few changes on our Web site, the most important of which is a listing of our member artists. We’ve made it easier now than ever before for everyone to get to know the amazing, talented artists we have in our community and surrounding area. Log onto and click on the Artist Listing button. Visit our site often, as we continue to add artists and new features.

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 the town staff’s 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 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 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 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.