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Annual PSAC Dinner Meeting is May 5

The annual Pagosa Springs Arts Council Dinner Meeting will be held at Nello’s Bistro and Espresso Bar on Wednesday, May 5.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with time to socialize - get acquainted or chat with old friends and listen to entertainment by John Graves and Friends. Everyone is welcome, members and nonmembers alike.

You can enjoy an optional pasta buffet with salad and dessert for only $20. Please R.S.V.P. no later than May 1 by phone 264-5020 or e-mail, so we know how many to expect.

All new and renewing members will be eligible for a raffle of a print of the watercolor “Day Dreaming,” offered by Lavern Burton. Call today for your reservation.

Art students exhibit

The 2010 PSAC season kicked off Thursday evening, April 22, at The Studio with the opening of the Elegant Escape Exhibit by Pagosa Springs Advanced High School Art Students. The exceptional work on display was created by Jacob Anderson, Nate Bard, Desiree Ewing, Trace Gross, Meghan Moran and Erin Reilly. An artists’ reception was held and these talented artists were present to greet attendees and discuss their work. High school art teacher Beka Pepiton coordinated the exhibit. Please stop by The Studio at 450 Lewis Street and view this exhibit which runs until May 18. The PSAC office and The Studio hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon-5 p.m.

A letter from our president

The arts are not expendable. They are essential.

In 2009 and early 2010, we experienced several key changes. The first change resulted after our president of the past several years, Linda Echterhoff, resigned. Linda brought the Pagosa Springs Arts Council to a higher standard within the organization as a whole as well as to a new level of community involvement. I stepped up to the challenge in January 2010 to continue the work that Linda and the other past presidents had established for the arts council.

An unexpected change occurred after our beloved Town Park Gallery was condemned, forcing us to find a new home within the community. But, as often is the case with change, the move to the Lewis Building has proven to be a blessing in disguise. We now have a safe, spacious, inviting place at the Lewis building for our office, workshops, and exhibits. We extend our thanks and gratitude to Mary Candy and Felicia Meyer for welcoming PSAC and giving us such a wonderful new home and thank the Town of Pagosa Springs for providing us with the Town Park Gallery for so many years.

In 2009, the PSAC participated in many community projects and furthered the support of the arts in many ways, which are outlined in this report. For 2010, the PSAC board is working hard on making other advancements for the arts council, including new features on our website and innovative fund-raising projects. We have developed the 2010 season schedule of workshops and exhibits. Many new workshops are scheduled for this summer.

Changes in the economic climate of the country have profoundly impacted PSAC. We are struggling for our survival. Many people believe that the arts are expendable — a luxury — they cannot afford right now. However, research shows a strong correlation between the arts and the development of intelligence, problem solving skills, and moral character. The arts are not expendable, they are essential. The talent that exists in our town is truly astounding. PSAC can play and should play a huge role in promoting and developing this talent. We cannot do it, though, without the support of others through membership and donations. Our very survival depends on increased membership and donations so that PSAC can do justice to the talented artists in this community, support community projects, and provide its educational programs, especially for our community’s youth. I urge everyone to support PSAC with whatever you can afford and get involved in any way you can to sustain the important work we do now and can continue to accomplish in the future.

Carol Schneider

President of PSAC

Trenholm painting class

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

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

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

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters Club offers a wonderful opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts alike to share tips, ideas and resources. 

Painters who work in any media are welcome. We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month. On May 27 we will meet at the East Fork of the San Juan River. Directions: Drive east on U.S. 160 to the intersection with Forest Road 667 (East Fork Road) and meet at the intersection. (For restrooms, there is a campground on the East Fork Road, 3/4 mile from the intersection with 160). If the weather is nice, the group paints outdoors. If the weather is bad, the group paints in The Studio of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis Street, third floor. Please call Jean Shah 264-0188 or Jean Smith 264-6647 if you need more information.

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

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.

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.

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.