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Artists, board members gather at monthly 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 on March 19.

Board member: Madeline Lyon

Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s treasurer is Madeline Lyon, owner of Wild Spirit Gallery in downtown Pagosa Springs.

Originally from Ohio, Lyon moved to Pagosa Springs via Lumberton, N.M., after teaching at St. Francis School for three years.

 Wild Spirit Gallery is her first venture into retail. In Ohio, she and her husband, the late Robert E. Lyon, owned and operated an anodizing company. Lyon taught in the Catholic school system a total of 24 years.

 “The Pagosa Springs Arts Council has a strong and energetic board,” comments Lyon.

“I’m happy to be serving the art community this way. There are some exciting events in the making which will involve the people of Pagosa who may not be professional artists, but who have an interest in creating.”

 Lyon is working with board member Katharine Frisbee on the 2010 exhibit series. The series will begin in April and run through November. Watch for more news as the series unfolds.

Renewing members

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to Lynnzie Sutton, a local artist; Ron and Windsor Chacey: John Taylor; Anthony and Kathleen Steventon, local artists; Donald and Helen Bartlett; and Lenore and Gil Bright for renewing their memberships to PSAC for 2010.

New workshop

The art of metal clay: an introduction to making pure silver jewelry in a day.

Learn beginning jewelry creation techniques using Art Clay Silver. The exciting thing about this clay is you do not need to have any metalsmithing or drawing skills to create beautiful finished silver objects.

If you already work with metals, this material can inspire new ideas or add dimension to your work.

Do you make beautiful beaded work and are tired of trying to find the right end pieces or clasps? Customize your work and make your own with the new metal clays!

Are you a quilter or create with fabrics or felting? You can make beautiful hand crafted custom buttons to add to your handmade work.

Do you work in ceramic arts? Add beautiful fine silver veneers to your work!

Metal Clay is a relatively new material to the art and crafts world. The clay is made from a non-toxic binder and powdered metal. It is made from recycled silver recovered from the photography industry. In its unfired form, the clay can be formed by stamping, rolling, texturing and shaping into beads, vessels, buttons and small jewelry pieces. When the metal clay object is fired, the binder burns away leaving behind a fine silver (.999), gold (22-24K), copper, bronze, steel or stainless steel object that can then be refined using traditional fabrication techniques.

This class is for students just beginning to explore this medium. The class consists of a directed project focused on building your skills with all metal clays. Each student will be provided with a class supply kit of silver clay and instructional handouts. Sets of clay tools will be available to use during class only.

Participants will learn Metal Clay essentials: handling and conditioning the clay, basic clay forming techniques, texture stamping, mold making, adding clay elements, working with the dry clay, finishing techniques, repairs and firing techniques.

The teacher is Delores Highsmith, Senior Art Clay Silver Instructor and Bronze/Copper Clay Instructor, metalsmith, jewelry designer, glass bead maker, and PSAC board member.

The workshop will be held March 22, 9 a.m.-noon , 2-5 p.m. You can either bring your lunch or go out during the lunch break. The two hours are needed for the clay firing time.

The site will be Pagosa Pottery, 135 Country Drive, in the City Market Plaza.

Cost is a $70 class fee plus supply fee of $28 (includes the Silver Clay).

The supply fee is due at the time of registration. Register at Pagosa Pottery during business hours Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. The class fee can be prepaid or paid during class. Please make all checks payable to PSAC.

For information, contact David or Cadence Green at 731-3311.

New members

Welcome and thank you Tami Schmickle and Lois Burbach for becoming a member of PSAC and supporting the arts in our community. We appreciate your support.

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

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.

When do you feel most creative?

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 Ross Aragon 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 of Town Hall thanks to the town’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 can e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Wednesday, March 10, in the Arts and Crafts Room at 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 this month’s program on Still Life and Macro Photography, sometimes called “Table Top Photography,” and will be presented by Al Olson. Al will have some equipment for people to examine hands-on. These will include cameras and attachments such as close-up lenses, extension tubes, extension bellows on a rail, and a large-format rail camera for members to view subjects via the different cameras and accessories. He will also talk about macro lenses and demonstrate the reversal of a lens to obtain closer focus. There will be a slide show presentation to illustrate and discuss the various close-up techniques. This will include lighting, exposure, and controlling the depth of focus. Al will be featured in a four-person Still Life Show at the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango from May 7 through June 30.

A monthly photo theme exhibit is held during each club meeting. The two categories are the theme category and the open category, in which any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Macro”. Members may enter as many as three prints or digital images, but no more than two in either category. Club president T.J. Reynolds will lead the critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than with 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 club president T. J. 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. 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 keep in mind that turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the community center. 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 March 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.

PSAC invites you to join

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, please mail your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to PSAC, P.O. Box 533, and 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.