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Creating outside the box


Everyone has it.

Some even know how to tap into it, and those are the people who are going to bring to you the amazing results of their artistic visions to inspire, entertain, provoke, enlighten and thrill. 

 The Pagosa Springs Arts Council is sponsoring the results that many talented artists have put together for your pleasure and purchase by taking ordinary wooden boxes and transforming them into artistic treasures.  Every one is different, each is unique.  You can preview the already finished boxes at several galleries in town and at the PSAC building on Lewis Street.

 If you’re inclined to find your inner artist and transform a box yourself, plan to attend the Box Lunch and Workshop on Tuesday, June 8,, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at The Dogwood Cafe.  A delicious lunch will be served, after which we will break out the supplies and inspiration for taking your creative skills to their limits!  Everyone will get a box to decorate, transform, art-ify and then donate to PSAC for the silent auction fundraiser on July 3.  Reservations are required as there is a very limited number of boxes left so please get yours in soon to Annie at 264.3344.  This event promises to be such fun and we wouldn’t want you to miss it!  

All boxes will go up for final viewing and silent auction bids at the Creating Outside the Box fund-raiser on Saturday, July 3, at the PSAC building on Lewis Street, from 2-5 p.m.  From 5-6 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and then begins the process of delivering the boxes to their new owners.

This party is yet another fun thing to do during Pagosa’s very special and busy holiday weekend.  Please plan to attend this important PSAC fund-raiser and take home a new treasure.

What will you put in yours?

Shurtleff exhibit opens

“The Craziest of Quilts” exhibit, featuring between 17 and 19 beautifully painted silk and handcrafted quilts by local artist Ann Shurtleff, will open with an artist’s reception today from 5-7 p.m. in The Studio at 450 Lewis St.

Born and raised in England, Ann’s work may be found in galleries throughout the southwest and commissioned pieces in England, Holland and New Zealand. Ann draws her ideas from nature, flowers, mountains and animals. These one-of-a-kind quilts have never been exhibited in Pagosa Springs although Ann’s followers have long loved her painted silk clothing, wall hangings and accessory items.

The exhibit will run until June 15.

Tibetan clay masks

This is an art form that can be traced back to before 500 AD producing masks renowned for their primeval beauty.

Most Tibetan monasteries have specially-trained monk craftsmen to make these masks. This class is based on techniques from the Mindroling Monastery and was previously taught in Italy. Masks will be made of clay and painted in the traditional style. Students leave the class with a rich piece of handmade art.

The workshop will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, June 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Studio on Lewis. The instructor is Lama Gyurme Rabgyes. Cost: PSAC members $150; non-members $175. All supplies are included.

Call 264-5020 to register and prepay for the class.

Summer Youth Art Camp

This weeklong workshop runs Monday through Friday, June 21-25 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.

Each student will receive individual guidance and attention throughout the week on watercolor techniques, in step-by-step paintings. Campers range in age from 12 through high school. 

As a special bonus, students will paint bird houses as a Habitat for Humanity project.

Tuition is $35 per student per day plus $25 for supplies. Call PSAC at 264-5020 or Sabine Baeckmann at 769-3635 for more information.

Exhibit schedule

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

May 20 — The Craziest of Quilts.

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

July 15 — All Things Horse.

Aug. 12 — Soft Art: Decorative and Wearable.

Sept. 9 — Art of the American West.

Oct. 7 — PSAC Artist Members’ Exhibit.

Nov. 4 — Watercolor: Denny and Ginnie, and the Gang.

Workshop schedule

All workshops, unless otherwise noted, will be held in The Studio of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St.

Tibetan Clay Masks. Lama Gyurme Rabgyes — June 12, 19 and 26.

Youth Art Workshop. Sabine Baeckmann — June 21-25. Scholarships available.

Palatable Palette Knife Painting. Kathleen Steventon — July 17. At the Steventon Studio.

Tibetan Painted Mandala. Lama Gyurme Rabgyes — July 17, 24 and 31.

Peyote Stitch Beading. Carol Schneider — July 24. At The Artist Within.

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.

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 on May 21.

PSAC office

The Arts Council office is located in the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., Suite B-2. Exhibits are held in The Studio on third floor. Our workshops are held in the Studio unless otherwise noted in the 2010 brochure or you can 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. Call Jean Shah 264-0188 or Jean Smith 264-6647 if you need more information.

Board meeting

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 May 25 meeting will be held in the Third Floor Conference Room of the Lewis Building from 4-6 p.m.