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Ann Shurtleff exhibit — sheer silk

“The Craziest of Quilts” exhibit, featuring 21 elegant quilts never before exhibited, shows yet another facet of the creativity of the silk master. Ann Shurtleff.

Ann has always worked with an uncontrolled, unplanned concept. Her antique blocks are pieced with hand painted silks, hand embroidery and random embellishments. They are chaotic, unpredictable, bold and dramatic. If you were unable to attend the opening night plan on seeing the exhibit soon, for this is a quilt show that you won’t want to miss.

The exhibit will run until June 15 and you can visit The Studio Gallery Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon-5 p.m.

Creating Outside the Box 

Creativity. 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 facility 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, 11:30-2:30 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, then donate to PSAC for the silent auction fund-raiser on July 3.  Reservations are required as there are 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 wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, 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?

Tibetan clay masks

This is an art form that can be traced back to before 500 AD and are 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 hand made art. The workshop will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, June 12, 19 and 26 from 10a.m.-4 p.m. at The Studio on Lewis Street. The instructor is Lama Gyurme Rabgyes. Cost: PSAC members: $150; non-members: $175. All supplies are included. Please call 264-5020 to register and prepay for the class.

About Lama Gyurme

Master painter and craftsman Lama Gyurme was born in Tanay, Tibet

in 1969.  Upon the invitation of the head monk at the Mindroling Monastery, Gyurme started studying painting and traditional arts when he was 14.  Gyurme’s first teacher was from Kham (Guangzhou) located in Eastern Tibet.  After initial study, he went to live with his principal teacher, Lama Tsekyab in order to fully absorb the rich tradition of Tibetan painting, of which his teacher was master.  The famous paintings of Korkyim Monastery were created by his teacher, once Tibetans were again allowed to worship and rebuild their temples and monasteries.

While still young, Gyurme became adept in Tibetan ritual and monastery traditions and served as manager of the monastery and lead chants at Mindroling until 1998.  He also painted and assisted in the restoration of hundreds of the temple paintings.

In 1998 he was invited to teach painting at the Shanshung Institute in Italy, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist centers outside of Tibet.  He spent two years teaching Westerners traditional Tibetan art and sculpture, and during his tenure there he studied Italian and English and wrote an important history of Tibetan Art.

Lama Gyurme first traveled to the Unites States in 2001 and upon returning to Tibet he conceived and began the G.L.A.S. Foundation, a Tibetan run NGO devoted to the promotion of traditional Tibetan arts in Tibet.  Focused on the establishment of a Tibetan Art School in Southern Tibet, it is the first of its kind. In 2005 he returned to the United States to raise money for the school and to continue his teaching of Tibetan traditions and practices.  Lama Gyurme currently resides in Pagosa Springs, CO with Yudrun, his wife and Trinley, their child, working on the Tara Temple at the Buddhist retreat center of Tara Mandala.

Through the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, Lama Gyurme is offering a summer series of art classes. The first class will be Tibetan clay masks, an art form dating back to before 500 AD, when specially trained monk craftsmen made masks for their monasteries. This class is based on techniques from the Mindroling Monastery and was previously taught in Italy. Masks will be made of clay, where students will acquire proportion and form skills. Then the masks will be fired and hand painted by students in the traditional style during the third class of this series.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 June 24 we will meet at the home of Kayla Douglass. Directions: Take U.S. 160 west; turn right on Oak (across from the Aspen Springs Realty office); follow Oak to the second left, which is Simmons Drive (it’s more like a Y than a hard left) and drive about half a mile. Kayla’s home is on the right at 950 Simmons. If the weather is nice, the group paints outdoors. If the weather is bad, the group paints at The Studio of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., third floor. Please call Jean Smith 264-6647 if you need more information.

Board meeting open to the public

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 June 22 meeting will be held in the Third Floor Conference Room of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., from 4-6 p.m.

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.