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PSAC receives grant from ExxonMobil Foundation

Pagosa Springs Arts Council has received a matching grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation. Local Pagosan Dorothy Childers annually volunteers many hours helping staff the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. It is because of her efforts that Exxon has honored PSAC with a grant of $500. Thank you, Dorothy, for all your hard work and thank you, Exxon, for recognizing this work and for rewarding the Arts Council.

Artist profile: Laurel Epps

Laurel Epps was born and raised in Southern California and has been creating art most of her life. She received her B.A. and M.A. in two-dimensional art with a printmaking emphasis. Her corporate career was in the computer graphics field using her artistic skills in different ways. In 2000, she and her husband chose to follow their hearts and move to Homer, Alaska.

After moving, Laurel changed professions briefly. The opportunity presented itself for her to become the owner and operator of a natural food store she called Home Sweet Homer. After her store closed at the end of 2004, serendipity struck when a printmaking overview course was offered at the local college campus. Attending that course, along with several painting courses helped remind her that creating art was what she was born to do.

Laurel spearheaded the creation of The Old Inlet Printmaking Studio in 2005 when she and three other artists pooled their resources and purchased a small etching press and everything necessary to create collographs, woodcuts, silk-screens and monoprints. In 2006, her mixed media piece “Gliding Upward” was selected to be shown in the Juried Art Show at the Pratt Museum titled “Going to Extremes.” She was also a participant in “The Process of Printmaking” show sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts.

Laurel and her husband began a new adventure in 2007 when they decided to leave Alaska and become independent filmmakers working on a documentary film about Zimbabwean music coming to North America and spreading. After being on the road for over two years, filming and interviewing over 85 people, they moved to Pagosa Springs in 2009 and are continuing the post-production of their film titled “Soul Resonance,” which will be released in early 2010.

Currently, Laurel is continuing to create mixed media art using the newly-introduced monotype technique called Reductive Ink developed by D. Michael Coffee at the Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts Studio/Gallery in Pagosa Springs. She is excited to be creating art yet again! You can reach Laurel at 903-2776 or

Artists’ 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 next luncheon will be held March 19.

Renewing members

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to Diane Davis, a local fiber artist; Brenda Richey; and Jessica Peterson of Night Eagle Flutes for renewing their memberships to PSAC for 2010.

New members

Welcome and thank you, Karen Gray, and Robert and Rose Chacon for becoming members of PSAC and supporting the arts in our community. We appreciate your support.

Also joining the arts council is local artist Rick Unger. You can learn more about Rick and his paintings by visiting our Web site at in the “Artist Listing.” Welcome, Rick!

We’d like to welcome back and thank Marti Bledsoe and Roberto Garcia for rejoining PSAC. Marti is a local and Horseshoe Bay, Texas, printmaker, whose work has been exhibited at The Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts Studio/Gallery. Roberto is a local bronze sculptor and painter.


In response to our appeal for support from members as well as local and area businesses, PSAC would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Pamela and Mark Kircher, Fran Jenkins, Phyl Daleske, Dale and Jeanine Malaney, Helen Hoff, Stephanie Bouchier, Carol Schneider, and Scott Cohen, Sr. for their generous donations. We would also like to thank Jeff Laydon for his donation of a photo of Town Hall for our 2010 Exhibit and Workshop brochure. Thank you so much for your support of PSAC!

PSAC would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Peggy Andrews and Brian Jacobson of The REAL Choice, LLC, for your donation and becoming a Business Member. For more information about The REAL Choice, 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 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.

Call to artists

We have a call to artists for their intent to participate in the 2010 Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour. Please visit our Web site at to download the PDF. The planning meeting is scheduled for March 3 from 4:-6 p.m. at the Pagosa Pub Works BrewPub. Artists intending to participate on the studio tour are encouraged to attend this meeting as are any galleries and shops desiring to be a part of this year’s tour.

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.

Take our poll

Take our poll and see which season is the most creative one. We’ve added an interactive poll to the News section of our Web site. If you have a question you’d like pose to our site visitors, please forward it to

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.