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Profile of member artist Ann Shurtleff

Pagosa Springs Arts Council member artist Ann Shurtleff tells us:

“I was born and raised in England. I won prizes in art from age 9 but have no formal art education. I won quite a few prizes as a child for art work and loved to draw and paint, but during World War II there was very little paper for drawing so I often used the bed sheets. This “art work” did not please my Grandmother one bit. I won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Art as a teenager but did not take the opportunity to attend for I could not face having to produce art for money.

“I became a nurse and midwife in the ’50s and my degrees are held in the medical field.

“Only after many years in the medical field did health problems force me into early retirement. To me it was an awful thought to have to face every day without lots of things to do so took an assessment of my skills and stumbled around for a while till I came up with silk painting and right there I fell in love with the awesome color. I did also find out that one could easily mess up 10 yards of silk when the processing went slightly wrong so I started to sew the wasted pieces of silk. As any sewer knows one still has left over pieces of silk so they became crazy patchwork ready for embroidery and embellishment. So my huge pile of silk instead of being a comfy place for cats to snuggle is being turned into vests, quilts and assorted gift items.

“I draw my ideas from nature, flowers, trees, mountains and animals. I consider myself a realist and attempting to do abstracts makes me nervous. My work can be found in stores and galleries throughout the southwest and commissioned pieces have gone as far as England, New Zealand and Holland. In 1992 I was chosen to develop a large piece to accompany a piece of music. Twelve artists were chosen from New Mexico and 12 pieces of new music and paintings were presented at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. The whole presentation was later aired on the Public Broadcasting System.”

Please contact PSAC at 264-5020 or if you would like more information regarding artist Ann Shurtleff.

Sculpture clay modeling

Instructor Randall Davis will address the process of clay modeling through the various stages to bronze casting. We 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. in The Studio of the Lewis Building. The cost is $350 for PSAC members and $365 for non members with a $50 deposit required at registration. Contact PSAC for a complete supply list or call 264-5020.

PSAC 2010 exhibit schedule

Please make note that the 2010 PSAC exhibits will be held in The Studio of the Lewis Building.

April 22 — Advanced High School Art Students Exhibit.

May 20 — TBD.

June 17 — Seventh annual Juried Exhibit: A Regional Art Competition.

July 15 — All Things Horse.

August 12 — Soft Art: Decorative and Wearable.

September 9 — Art of the American West.

October 7 — PSAC Artist Member’s Exhibit.

November 4 — Watercolor: Denny and Ginnie and the Gang.

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 and 26.

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.

Live Model/any media — Lavern Burton, Aug. 21.

Wet Felting Scarves — Lois Burbach, Sept. 18.

Collage/mixed media, Altered Books — Dee Pitchon, Sept. 25.

Pastel Painting — Lorraine Trenholm, Oct. 13-14. Plein Air Painters

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.

Photo Club

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Lewis Building. 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 T.J. Reynolds at or 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.

Member artists on Web site

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.

Office location and schedule

The Arts Council office is located in the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., Suite B-2. Exhibits will be held in The Studio on third floor beginning April 22. Our workshops will be held in The Studio unless otherwise noted in the 2010 brochure or you may visit our Web site noted below.

The current office hours are noon-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Effective April 22 the office will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon-5 p.m. 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.

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 April 27 meeting will be held in the third floor conference room of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., from 4-6 p.m.

Renewing members

We’d like to extend a hearty thank you to Mike and Renee Vanover for renewing their memberships to PSAC for 2010. Your continued support is extremely important to the Arts Council.

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.