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Pagosa Springs Arts Council holds annual meeting

The PSAC 2010 annual membership dinner meeting was held Wednesday, May 5, at Nello’s Bistro.

More than 40 guests turned out to show their support for the Arts Council and its continuing efforts to provide similar art-related projects of the caliber of those achieved in 2009. Among these were: the Pagosa Mountain Hospital tree carving project; “Mural on Main” development; annual Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour; annual Juried Art Exhibit: A Regional Competition; artwork for Pagosa Mountain Hospital; eight fine art exhibits; 16 art workshops; Summer Youth Art Camp with scholarships to youth; summer Home and Garden Tour; provided volunteers for the UCMC Art in the Garden and promoted business members and artists with recognition and links via our website.

During the meeting portion of the evening, new officers were voted in and they are Vice President Delores Highsmith, Treasurer Sherryl Egy and board member-at-Large Doris Green. We would like to thank outgoing officers and board members Jeanine Malaney, Madeline Lyon and Kim Moore for their valuable time and energy during their terms.

A special thank you to John Graves and Friends for providing our entertainment; Nello’s Bistro for a perfect setting and culinary creativity and Lavern Burton for coordination, decorations and donation of her print “Daydreaming,” which was won by Windsor Chacey. Overall it was an evening of energetic camaraderie while looking forward to the rest of the 2010.

Ann Shurtleff exhibit

“The Craziest of Quilts” exhibit, featuring between 17 and 19 beautiful, painted silk and handcrafted quilts by Ann Shurtleff will open with an artist’s reception on Thursday, May 20, from 5-7 p.m. in The Studio at 450 Lewis Street. This exhibit will run until June 15.

Exhibit schedule

May 20 — The Craziest of Quilts.

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

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.

Member artists on website

We’ve made a few changes on our website, 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.

PSAC office

The Arts Council office is located in the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., Suite B-2. Our workshops will be held in the Studio unless otherwise noted in the 2010 brochure or you may visit our website noted below.

The current office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon-5 p.m. You can e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our website at for additional information.

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 St., third floor. Please call Jean Shah 264-0188 or Jean Smith 264-6647 if you need more information.