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PSAC thanks departing board members

On behalf of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council membership and board we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Kim Moore for her hard work and dedication to the Arts Council while serving as a board member-at-large for the last six years. Kim has worked tirelessly on numerous fund-raising projects: annual membership dinner meetings, home and garden shows, Blue Parrot Tiki Art Auction, Broadway Show Tunes Sing Along, and many more.

Jeanine Malaney served as an officer on the board for a three-year term and as a volunteer for five years coordinating workshops and membership as well as the design and collaboration of the first PSAC Gallery Guide. Her husband, Dale, has also supported PSAC functions with his expertise in photography.

Madeline Lyon has served as board treasurer for the last year and co-chair of the 2010 Exhibit season. As owner of Wild Spirit Gallery she has also graciously shared the use of the gallery for public enjoyment of Acoustic Trail entertainment as well as providing a venue for artists during the Annual Studio and Gallery Tours.

Katharine Frisbee has served as board member-at-large for the last year and has made many contributions to the Arts Council which include having participated in the 2009 Home and Garden Tour and Pagosa Mountain Hospital Juried Exhibit, co-chairing with Madeline Lyon the 2010 exhibit schedule and her delightful inspiration of the “Creating Outside the Box” fund-raiser, which will take place July 3 from 2-6 p.m. at the Lewis Building, 450 Lewis St. Thank you all for being such valuable members of the PSAC board.

14 artists to exhibit

The seventh annual Juried Art Show, sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Arts Council will open Thursday, June 17. The work of 14 artists and a multiplicity of media will be on display. The watercolors of Pierre Mion, Catherine Wagner and Jean Smith vary in theme. Bronze sculptures by Donna Merchant-Crooks and Jai Klarl give pause for thought. Merchant-Crooks works in oil as well as Jeanine Malaney and Virginia Bartlett.

In addition, there are three soft media artists. Jeanine Malaney’s fabric collage “Hay Bales,” batik pieces by Denise Chaney and a relief of felted merino and alpaca fiber by Diane Davis appeal to everyone’s kinesthetic sense. A mixed media relief by Davis is another entry and includes felted wool fiber.

The three dimensional artistry of Linda Hogan includes acrylic on wood and an oil on clay, “Green Sea Turtle.” Kiln formed glass is the medium of choice for Stephanie Lochbaum, presenting “Allure of the Aspen.” Sandy Applegate and Denver artist Amy Winterboth paint with acrylics, but exhibit very different styles and themes. One artist, Lorraine Trenholm, of Ignacio, has a pastel in the show.

Whatever your taste in art, the seventh annual Juried Art Exhibit has something to appeal to your sensibility. All art work will be on display at The Studio at 450 Lewis St., third floor, June 17 through July 13. Please join us.

For more information, contact the Pagosa Springs Arts Council 970-264-5020 or

Art quotes

“Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up..” — Pablo Picasso

Creating Outside the Box

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.  Each box is unique.  You can preview finished boxes at several galleries in town and at the PSAC building on Lewis St.

  The more than 60 boxes will go up for final viewing and silent auction at the Creating Outside the Box fund-raiser Saturday, July 3, at the PSAC building on Lewis St., 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 special and busy holiday weekend.  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 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 Street. 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.

PSAC exhibit schedule

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

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 Member’s Exhibit.

Nov. 4 — TBA.

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 June 18.

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 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 in The Studio of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., third floor. Please call Jean Smith 264-6647 if you need more information.

Board meetings

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.