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PSAC creativity poll results

PSAC has added an interactive poll to the News section of our Web site: The question asked for the first poll was “In which season do you feel most creative?”

The results are in and spring ranked the highest with 50 percent of the vote.

Fall was next at 33 percent, summer at 17 percent and winter had zero percent.

If you have a question you’d like pose to our site visitors, please forward it to We plan on having a new poll monthly so keep checking back!

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 Monday, March 22, from 9 a.m.-noon. and 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 location of the workshop is Pagosa Pottery, 135 Country Drive.

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.

Metal Clay essentials include 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.

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

Class fee is $70 members; $95 non-members 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. 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 workshop on Floral Arrangement of Easter Baskets Saturday, March 27 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 for PSAC members, $45 non-members, and the cost of supplies is $25-$30. Call 264-5020 to register and prepay for the class.

Greg Coffey watercolor class

One of our member businesses, Pagosa Pottery, will host a watercolor class by Greg Coffey on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Call Pagosa Pottery at 731-3311 for details.

PSAC 2010 exhibit schedule

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 — Seventh 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 and Ginnie and the Gang.

 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 on March 19.

Renewing members

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to Kraftin’ Post, Pagosa Pottery and Lantern Dancer for renewing their 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.

Art in the Garden

The Third Annual Art in the Garden Art Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3-7 p.m.

The Art in the Garden Festival is a major event for those who enjoy fine art, quality entertainment and gourmet food and wine. The event was begun in 2008 as a means to raise money to be used for charitable purposes within the community. In addition to live music and gourmet appetizers, it is a one-day juried outdoor show of fine art that welcomes applications from artists producing original work in several media. Originality of concept, execution, quality of workmanship and design excellence are the primary criteria used during the evaluation process.

All applicants must submit the following: a signed and fully completed application form received no later than April 14, 2010; three images representative of work to be shown. The following formats are acceptable: professional quality 8x10 photographs or CD (8x10) or e-mail (5x7) of 300 dpi JPEG images. Self-addressed, stamped envelope of sufficient size for the return of materials

Please contact Mary Kay Carpenter via e-mail to receive an Art in the Garden brochure at

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 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’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 Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can 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 will meet Wednesday, April 14, in the Conference Room (third floor) at The Club, 450 Lewis St. Join us for socializing starting at 6 p.m., followed by photo critiquing, program and business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The Pagosa Photo Club is pleased to present this month’s program — “The Art of Framing” by Linda Pampinella. For the do-it-yourselfers, Linda will show the basic equipment needed to set up an in-home framing shop and will demonstrate how to mat and frame your own photos using both a metal and a wooden frame. Be sure that you make this meeting it will be enjoyable.

A monthly photo theme exhibit is held during each club meeting. The two categories are the theme category and the open category where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Spring.” Members may enter as many as three prints or digital images, but no more than two in either category. President T.J. Reynolds will lead the critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than have specific judges.

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

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 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.

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.