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Profile of Photo Club president and artist, T.J. Reynolds

Pagosa Photo Club president and artist T.J. Reynolds says:

“Art was a talent that, discovered at an early age, prompted grade-school teachers to urge me to enter drawings and sketches in school and local contests in the Louisiana Parish Fairs for judging and award ribbons. These were early successes. Born in El Dorado, Ark., and traveling with a family of four, where Dad worked in the oil field boom towns as a drilling rig builder, offered a multitude of new schools, churches, new friends and need for quick adjustment to changes throughout Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

“After settling in north central Louisiana life became simpler in Small Town USA. Here I began using a Baby Browney camera to photograph friends, animals and school activities which I treasure today. My photo endeavors were interrupted by college and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in Business Management. The next 40 years were involved with Refinery and Petrochemical Plant operations. This included refinery start ups, research and development, managing engineering designs and project development, general construction CEO and after retirement consulting as a personnel placement manager for world wide placement.

“During this 40-year span, came three sons, and later new wife, Paula and her son and daughter. Life has been a great party with all the normal activities such as scouts, baseball, vacations, school, church, college, grandkids, great-grandkids, etc. Moving to Pagosa Springs shortly after my wife retired in 2005 has offered to this photographer the opportunity of a lifetime. From Pagosa Springs my wife and I travel often to other Colorado locations, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah and Wyoming. I prefer photographing outdoor scenery, animals and recently micro photography. With the states named above all of this is readily available. I use Photoshop very little as I like to present the work as I see it and as the camera sees it. I have presented professional work at the Open Shutter Juried Show in Durango, Artisans of the Southwest Juried Show, Archuleta County Fair Open Exhibit annually for four years, Solomon Ruins Museum, Bloomfield, N.M., and the Pagosa Springs Photography Club Juried Annual Exhibit. With these entries I have received 31 ribbons (First to Third Place) and sell my work framed, matted or single prints for framing by new owner. Also note cards of various sizes are available for sale. Scenic photos are the most popular art for locals and visitors to the Pagosa Springs area.

I am seriously energized by artists such as Thomas Kinkade, Ansel Adams, my artist sister, Shirley, and my wife Paula who has the patience of Job. T. J. may be reached at or 970-731-9581.

Annette Uehling

On behalf of the PSAC board and its membership we would like extend a heartfelt thank you to Annette Uehling for the many hours of volunteer service that she has donated during the last four years to the maintenance of our extensive membership data base. All of our volunteers play an important role in the success of the Arts Council and we appreciate your time and effort. The data base responsibilities will be taken over by one of our new board members, Sherryl Egy, and we welcome her aboard.

Sculpture Clay modeling

Instructor Randall Davis will address the process of clay modeling through the various stages to bronze casting. Participants will be modeling a clay horse head, with an emphasis on carving techniques. You’ll learn how to construct the anatomy and create dynamics within a static form. Students need not have prior experience. 

This will be a fun hands-on class with plenty of individual attention from the instructor. Clay will be provided and a list of necessary pipe fittings for armature to follow. There is a local foundry available to cast completed clay models (additional charge) if desired. 

The class will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The cost is $350 for members and $365 for non members with a $50 deposit required at registration. Contact PSAC for a complete supply list or call 970-264-5020.

Call to artists

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

Greg Coffey watercolor class

One of our member businesses, Pagosa Pottery, will host a watercolor class taught by Greg Coffey on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. 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.

PSAC workshop schedule

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.

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

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.