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PSAC board member profile of Sherryl Egy

Sherryl Egy is one of the newest members of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council board. She is also new to the area, relocating here just last October.

Born and raised in Montana, Sherryl then attended college in southern California. Not long after graduation, she accepted an opportunity to work for Western Airlines and to train as a programmer for their reservations system. This step led to a long career in Information Technology, much of which was spent with United Airlines in Denver. From there she and her husband moved to Phoenix where they were part of the IT management team for Choice Hotels.

Following relocations to Kansas City and Portland, Sherryl and husband Leon returned to Colorado in 1999. In 2003 Sherryl decided to step out of the IT arena and attend Platt College where she earned an associate’s degree in graphic design and multimedia. After graduation, she accepted a position with the International Lightning Class Association, a sailing organization with worldwide affiliation. Her work with them includes the production of newsletters, yearbooks, a new Website and database support. Fortunately, she is able to continue working with them from Pagosa.

Sherryl and her husband first visited Pagosa in 2003, fell in love at first sight and purchased some property. The plan was to retire here, but Leon passed away at the end of 2008. It didn’t take long for Sherryl to then decide to make the move. She is happy to be here and to be working with the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.

“It’s a terrific, talented team dedicated to expanding involvement and interest in the arts,” she said, “and I’m excited to be a part of it.” 

Artist profile: Renee Vanover

“I am a Colorado native, a part-timer in Pagosa for the past three years, and a 24-year resident of Morgan City, La.  I grew up living all over the country with intermittent stints in Colorado.

“After spending one year at CU-Boulder, my family relocated in ‘College Town USA’ or Columbia, Mo., where I graduated from the University of Missouri.  I was recruited by Shell Oil Company to begin a career in corporate planning in New Orleans, LA.  I met my Louisiana native husband, Michael, in New Orleans. We soon relocated to Houston, Texas, to live the fast pace corporate oil industry scene for 13 years.

“Our life changed dramatically when in 1984 I gave birth to a severely premature son who has blessed our lives since. We elected to change our lifestyle and moved back to Louisiana thereafter. I began a different life as a mom and volunteer activist serving on countless local and state boards. Of note, I spent 20 years on our Parish Library Board and a seven-year stint with a statewide organization, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

“During these rewarding years, I also began to pursue artistic interests. I started an interior design firm which flourished until Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  My most memorable and distinctive project entailed designing a Mayan temple interior for our only local Mexican restaurant.  I built a 10 foot by 19 foot graphic relief wall sculpture depicting a Mayan God, created hand painted hieroglyphic art, and hand fabricated thatch roofing.  It was a six-month adventure in design and technical effort. 

“As another artistic adjunct, I chaired numerous ‘Standard Flower Shows’ under National Garden Club Federation guidelines. I created countless artistic design arrangements for competition. Over the years I was awarded numerous ribbons and awards by federated judges including a prestigious award for best Flower Show in Louisiana as well as top artistic design arrangement.

“A more recent pursuit for me has been painting.  My mother was an accomplished artist, having studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy under American artist Paul Nash.  During my childhood, she would attempt to teach my sisters and me. I was the only non-interested one as I was busy pursuing music and sports.  It’s never too late to do art.  My life has changed substantially since I took the plunge and began to paint.

“My favorite medium is pastel, although I do acrylics and oils, and have some limited experience with watercolors.  I am a collector of Pueblo Indian pottery and have won awards at several competitive art shows in Louisiana for my pottery renderings as well as awards for various floral still life works.  One of my personal goals relative to art is to be unpredictable using texture, unconventional techniques, and a sense of adventure. 

“While in Louisiana, I paint at a weekly workshop under the tutelage of a well-recognized south Louisiana artist, Janet Robinson.  I attend as many workshops offered in our area as I can.  In Pagosa, I have had the pleasure of taking several workshops with Durango artist and master pastel painter Lorraine Trenholm.

“I display many of my works in the Artist Guild Unlimited Gallery in Morgan City, La. Although I am not a professional artist, many of my paintings have been purchased at several Louisiana art shows and at the Morgan City Artist Guild Gallery.  I will be featured at that gallery in April as a celebrity artist to support a major fund-raiser opportunity.  I am very enthusiastic about spending more time in Pagosa with the goal of greater involvement with PSAC as well as being able to capture some of this area’s magic on canvas.”

Floral Easter baskets

Jenny of Angela’s Flowers will teach a 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 and $45 for non-members. 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 conducted by Greg Coffey on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Please call Pagosa Pottery at 731-3311 for details.

PSAC 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.

 PSAC workshop schedule

Floral Arrangement, Easter baskets — Jenny of Angela’s Flowers, March 27.

Sculpture and Clay Modeling — Randall Davis, April 22-24.

Palette Knife Oil — Lorraine Trenholm, May 12-13.

Tibetan Clay Masks — Lama Gyurme Rabgyes, June 12, 19 and26.

Youth Art Workshop — June 21-25, Sabine Baeckmann.

Palatable Palette Knife Painting — Kathleen Steventon, July 17.

Tibetan Painted Mandala — Lama Gyurme Rabgyes, July 17, 24, 31.

Peyote Stitch Beading — Carol Schneider, July 24.

Wet Felting Hats — Lois Burbach, Aug. 7.

Wet Felting Scarves — Lois Burbach, Sept. 18.

Pastel Painting — Lorraine Trenholm, Oct. 13-14.

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 April 16.

Renewing members

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to renewing member Treva Wheeless. Our members are the backbone of our organization and we greatly appreciate you.

New members

Welcome and thank you, Jeanine Malaney, for becoming a new business member and to Sherryl Egy for becoming a new member of PSAC and supporting the arts in our community. We appreciate your support.

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.

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

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.