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Pierre Mion to teach 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. Contact PSAC at 264-5020 for registration and payment. You can also call Pierre directly at 731-9781. The artist must request that registrations are made no later than one week in advance due to extensive class preparation and there will be no refunds for cancellations.

Board member profile

Meet PSAC board member Delores Highsmith — jewelry and glass beads artisan.

A recent move from Richardson, Texas, brings Delores Highsmith to the Pagosa Springs area. Born in Georgia, she graduated with a BFA degree from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art.

After graduation, she moved with her husband to Boulder, Colo., spending 15 years working in the oil industry and raising two children. Delores founded HiDesign, Inc. and spent 10 years producing technical slides, maps, illustrations, and presentations for the oil industry.

A corporate move with her husband, Tom, placed them in a suburb of Dallas for another 19 years where she was a member and a metal clay instructor at the Craft Guild of Dallas. She received most of her training in glass techniques from nationally known teachers through the Craft Guild of Dallas.

During the years in Texas, she was employed for 10 years as a senior QA manager and software designer for the product Macromedia FreeHand, a software drawing, graphics and printing program. Delores served on the board of The Suzuki Institute of Dallas, a children’s music school.

Delores has been making glass focal beads for other jewelry artists for over 10 years, shipping her beads to excited customers all over the world. She teaches private lessons in beadmaking and glass fusing at her home studio.

She is a trained traditional metalsmith working in silver, copper, bronze, and enameled metals. She teaches advanced chain maille ring weaving; and with the introduction of the exciting new medium, precious metal clay, she teaches all levels of metal clay techniques.

“My Mission is on two levels,” saus Delores. “One is to create beautiful and imaginative things as an artist and the other is to teach others how to create using metal and glass. I want my students to discover their own potential and teach them how to bring the images in their heads into a lasting impression of unique beauty.”

She received advanced instruction, becoming a senior art clay silver instructor with Art Clay World. She teaches classes in silver, copper and bronze clays, opening the door for excited beginning students, who choose not to train for years in traditional metal fabrication, to easily make beautiful silver, gold, copper and bronze jewelry. Currently she is one of only three instructors in Colorado certified to teach art clay silver techniques and to certify other instructors in these techniques. She brings her excitement about the new medium and talents to Pagosa Springs and is currently offering an introduction to silver metal clay though the PSAC summer workshop program.

You can contact Delores Highsmith via e-mail at and view her gallery of work at Her retail site is

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!

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 Dr. King Campbell, DDS, for donating $100. Thank you so much for your support of PSAC!

For more information about Dr. Campbell, visit our Web site at under “supporters.”

There are many ways in which local and area businesses can support the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Please log on to our Web site 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.

Call to artists

We have a Call to Artists for their intent to participate in the 2010 Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour.

Please visit the Web site at to download the PDF. Date, time, and location of the planning meeting will be posted on the site. The tentative timeline for the planning meeting is early March.

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 on nd 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.

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.