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PSAC sponsors exciting, new workshop

The Art of Metal Clay, an introduction to making pure silver jewelry in a day, will be taught by instructor Delores Highsmith. The class will be held on Monday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. and 2-5 p.m. The registration deadline is March 15. You can either bring your lunch or go out during the lunch break. The two hours are needed for the clay firing time. The location of the workshop is Pagosa Pottery, 135 Country Drive (in the City Market Plaza).

You will 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.

The class will deal with 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, firing techniques.

Delores Highsmith is a senior art clay silver instructor and bronze/copper clay instructor, metalsmith, jewelry Designer, glass bead maker and PSAC board member.

You can see Delores’ work at

The class fee is $70 plus a 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. You can contact David or Cadence Green (Pagosa Pottery) at 731-3311.

Floral Easter baskets

Jenny, of Angela’s Flowers, will teach a workshop on floral arrangement of Easter baskets Saturday, March 2,7 at The Studio at 450 Lewis St., third floor. With Jenny’s guidance, you will become familiar with color usage and floral combinations that follow the principals of art in height and design. During this Basket Design Class you will make fun and whimsical Easter baskets. Jenny has been a florist most of her life and has owned Angela’s Flowers for more than 10 years. She has competed in floral competitions in Nevada and Montana. Jenny is often quoted as saying, “You don’t need to be afraid of flowers≠≠ and this is an art that you will be able to use for the rest of your lives.” The class cost is $30 members; $45 non-members and the cost of supplies is $25-$30. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and prepay for the class.

2010 exhibit schedule

Please make note that the 2010 PSAC Exhibits will be held in The Gallery at Town Hall.

April 22 — Advanced High School Art Students Exhibit.

May 20 — Pagosa Springs Photography Club Exhibit.

June 17 — 7th Annual Juried Exhibit: A Regional Art Competition.

July 15 — All Things Horse.

Aug. 12 — Soft Art: Decorative and Wearable.

Sept. 9 — Art of the American West.

Oct. 7 — PSAC Artist Member’s Exhibit.

Nov. 4 — Watercolor: Denny & Ginnie & the Gang.

 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 next luncheon will be held on March 19.

Renewing members

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to Kraftin’ Post, Pagosa Pottery and Lantern Dancer for renewing business memberships. Thank you also to renewing members James and Catherine Van Liere, Bill and Yvonne Ralston, Al Olson, Bard and Linda Bennett, Marti and Philip Parrish, and Bill and Carol Fulenwider.

New members

Welcome and thank you Lama Gyurme Rabgyes for becoming a member of PSAC and supporting the arts in our community. We appreciate your support.

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. Artists intending to participate on the studio tour must submit their Intent to Participate form and required registration/entry fee by March 19.

PSAC poll

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

Photo Club

The Photo Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon 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 970-731-9681.

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.

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.

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 Ross Aragon 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.