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An Elegant Escape opens today at The Studio

The first Pagosa Springs Arts Council exhibit of the year, and the inauguration of The Studio on Lewis, will present An Elegant Escape, by advanced art students at Pagosa Springs High School.

Student artists Jacob Anderson, Nate Bard, Desiree Ewing, Trace Gross, Meghan Moran and Erin Reilly, and instructor Beka Pepiton, will be in attendance at the opening reception today, April 22, 5-7 p.m.

The Studio on Lewis is located at 450 Lewis St., third floor. The exhibit runs from April 22– May 18.

PSAC office and Studio hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from noon-5 p.m.

Last call to artists

The seventh annual Juried Exhibition: A Regional Exhibition will be held June 17-July 11. The Juror is Amy Wendland, artist, associate professor and art department chair at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years or older residing the Four Comers states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The exhibition is open to artists working in any media, excluding functional crafts, photography, video, film, other electronic works, and performance or installation art.

Extremely fragile or unstable artwork will not be accepted. All artwork must be original in concept and execution, completed within the last three years, and created without assistance of an instructor. Artwork must not have been previously accepted into a PSAC juried exhibition.

All 2D artwork must be dry, properly framed, and wired for hanging using screw eyes (no saw tooth hangers). Plexiglas only (no glass) is acceptable for shipped artworks. Maximum size is 40” x 40” (including mat and frame).

Maximum size for 3D work is 3 feet height by l.5 feet width by I.5 feet depth; maximum weight is 40 pounds.

Each artist can submit one or two artworks. Make checks payable to Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Entry fees are non-refundable. PSAC ,embers: $35 for one or two artworks. Nonmembers: $40 for one or two artworks.

Awards: first place $ 700; second place $ 450; third place $ 250 and People’s Choice $100.

First, second and third place award honorees will be selected by Wendland, and awards will be presented at the exhibit Opening and artists’ reception on June 17, 5 to 7 p.m. at The Studio on Lewis. Please visit our Web site,, for more information.

Palette knife oil painting class

Lorraine Trenholm is back by popular demand and will lead the class, Palette Knife Oil Painting, May 12 and 13 from 9-4 p.m. at The Studio. The student fee for this class is $160 for PSAC members and $185 for non-members. Contact PSAC at 264-5020 for more information and a supply list.

Lorraine Wallace Trenholm was born in New York, where she lived until completing studies as a painting major at Pratt Institute. She has done drawings and paintings for dog events and people with equine interests since high school. Several of her drawings and pastels have appeared on covers of the Saluki Quarterly, a breed specialty magazine. Her paintings are in private collections, in the U.S. and abroad.

Lorraine resumed regularly painting and showing in 1984 on Cape Cod, Mass. She creates landscape paintings, inspired by Cape Cod, road trips, and the Southwest. She has also developed a flair for animal artistry, doing pastels, oils and collages of dogs and horses. She has been juried into the Art Show at the Dog Show in Kansas, several times, and has won awards in oil, pastel, and collage. Lorraine joined the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod the year it was founded, and was juried in as a signature member that same year. Her pastels have received many awards, including BIS, in national competitions. She is a member of “21 in Truro,” the Chatham Creative Arts Center, the Pastel Society of New Mexico, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of Colorado. She has had several one woman shows. Saluki clubs nation wide have commissioned her to do artwork to be used as trophies for their shows. In 2000, one of her saluki collages was used on the catalog cover for the prestigious Santa Barbara Dog Show. Lorraine has studied with Lois Griffel and Henry Henshe of the Cape School of Art in Provincetown and attended the Vermont Studio School. Her artwork appears in Lois’s book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape, and in Kennedy Publishing’s “Best of America-Pastel Artists and Artisans, Vol. 1.”

Lorraine moved to Colorado in the spring of 2004. Although the move and the construction of a house have put constraints on painting time, Lorraine continues to do both studio and “plein air” work whenever she can. The new house includes a large studio which will be a wonderful working and teaching space. She has continued to return to the Cape to paint with “21 in Truro” and has been pursuing her art career in both Colorado and Cape Cod.

Lorraine has been teaching classes and giving workshops in pastel and oil painting in Durango. She has continued to show and win awards in national juried shows since the move. She was part of a four person group show called “Dirt Works” at the Durango Art Center in February 2006, won the Four Corners commission and the Durango Tourism Award in 2007, and was in an invitational show at the Gabaldon Gallery in Durango in January 2009.

Lorraine’s artwork is displayed on her web site at:, at the Elizabeth Rowley Gallery in Orleans, MA; Hope Gallery, Bristol, RI; and at her studio by appointment.

“I love experimenting with materials,” she said. “Oriental papers, jewelry findings, pastels, oils, water colors — to create images and light effects in paintings of dogs, horses, and landscapes.”

PSAC 2010 exhibit schedule

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

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.

New and renewing members

We would like to sincerely welcome new member Terri Pritchard. We’d also like to extend a hearty thank you to Lorraine Trenholm, Jacky Reece, Susan Santore, Steve and Sandy Martin, Helen Hoff, Buster Griggs, Sepp and Tanice Ramsperger, Phyl Daleske and Sandy Applegate for renewing their memberships to PSAC for 2010. Your new and continued support is extremely important to the Arts Council.

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.