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All Things Horse exhibit opens tonight

Opening reception for PSAC’s newest exhibit titled “All Things Horse” will be tonight, July 15, from 5-7 p.m.

We will have a variety of artwork in both two and three dimension depicting the love of horses by artists from the Pagosa Springs area, New Mexico and California. Among the many works on display are those by Randy Albers, David Burch, Buster Griggs, Anna Harbison, Pierre Mion, Rick Unger, Gillian Wallace and Rachel Weissberger.

The exhibit will be held at 450 Lewis St. in the Studio on third floor. For more information, call PSAC at 264-5020.

Palatable Palette Painting

This fun workshop, led by Kathleen Steventon, will focus on learning basic and intermediate skills when working with a palette knife in the oil on canvas medium. The day’s project will be a small finished or nearly completed oil painting. Homemade lunch including quiche, salad and dessert will be provided. The workshop will take place Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Steventon Studio at 721 Oakridge Drive.

Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental issues and techniques of working with a palette knife with oils on canvas. Tone, color theory and composition will also be discussed. A delicious lunch will be provided to celebrate the camaraderie of students and their artwork.

Students are responsible to bring their own palette knife and an inspirational subject matter to focus their painting on. This studio will provide one canvas per student as well as all oil paints needed. Students may bring extra canvases to the workshop if they wish.

Kathleen is a working artist with work currently in two galleries: Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs and the Blackbird Gallery in Albuquerque, NM.

Mandala painting workshop

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle, a symbolic representation of the cosmic forces in action on us.  The Tibetan mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion.  It is pictured as a balanced, geometric composition in which deities reside.  Mandalas also serve as a tool for guidance along the path to enlightment.  During this three Saturday course, Lama Gyurme will teach the history, symbolism, and techniques for constructing this unique art, a tool for meditation, personal growth, and expression.  Students will learn the geometries of the intricate design work of the traditional Tibetan Mandala.  Basic structure including measure and proportion and the process of construction or accuracy and precision will be taught.  The class will work with various paint materials including watercolor and learning the traditional way of mixing paints from raw pigment colors and hide glue.

 Lama Gyurme Rabgyes is the founder and chief instructor of the Glam Lisho Art School (G.L.A.S.).  Trained for 20 years at the Mindroling Monastery in Tibet, he has taught Westerners traditional Tibetan art and sculpture at the Shanshung Institute in Italy, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist centers outside of Tibet. During his time in Italy he authored a book about the history of Tibetan Art in Tibetan.  After further travels, Lama Gyurme returned to Tibet and began the G.L.A.S. Foundation, a Tibetan run NGO devoted to the promotion of traditional Tibetan arts in Tibet itself.  It is focused on the establishment of a Tibetan Art School in Southern Tibet, the first of its kind.  The GLAS Foundation enables impoverished Tibetans the opportunity to become students in traditional Tibet Arts, preserving and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

 Dates: Saturday July 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Studio on Lewis Street. Cost: $200 for PSAC members; $225 for non-members. All supplies included. Call PSAC 264-5020 to register and pre-pay for the class.

Summer Youth/Parent Art Camp

Estudio Y Galeria and The Artist Within are joining forces to offer you a truly unique Summer Youth/Parent Art Camp. Create one-of-a-kind art that you will treasure for years to come. Art Camp participants will decorate a pot reflecting your own unique style. You’ll learn how to glaze/paint a pot and apply bead and wirework to your finished piece. Learn new skills from three local artists: David Harris, Sueyel Grace and Carol Schneider. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Sign up today. Three full tuition scholarships and one half tuition scholarship are available. We also encourage anyone who would like to sponsor a child for the Art Camp to contact PSAC at 264-5020.

• July 19: Estudio Y Galeria will demonstrate how to make pottery and techniques you can use to decorate your pottery with glaze, stenciling, etc. Participants will then decorate a pre-made, bisque-fired pot. (All materials included in tuition fee.)

• July 20: Participants will complete the glaze decoration process at Estudio Y Galeria.

• July 21: While the pottery is being glaze fired, participants will go to The Artist Within to create a necklace suitable for boys and girls alike. Necklace kit is included in tuition fee. Students will also select the beads they want to use to decorate their pottery. (Select beading supplies included in tuition fee.)

• July 22: At The Artist Within, students will decorate their pottery with beads and wire.

• July 23: Art exhibit of participants’ work and reception at Estudio Y Galeria.

The workshop will run July 19-23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Locations: Estudio Y Galeria (1501-1 West U.S. 160) and The Artist Within (190 Talisman Drive, Suite C-5) Tuition: $140 for the week/person (includes most supplies). Additional supplies available for purchase. To reserve your spot, call PSAC at (970) 264-5020 or visit our website at Tuition is due at the time of registration.

Exhibit schedule

Please make note that the 2010 PSAC exhibits will be held in the Studio of the Lewis Building.

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.

Palatable Palette Knife Painting — Kathleen Steventon, July 17. Location: Steventon Studio.

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

Peyote Stitch Beading — Carol Schneider, July 24. Location: 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.

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.

Office location and schedule

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 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 July 22 we will meet at Echo Reservoir on the south of town on U.S. 84. Turn right at the sign and the parking area is on the west side of the lake, at the end of the road. 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.

Call to board members

If you have a passion for the arts and would like to help promote the arts in Pagosa Springs then we would like to invite you to attend our next monthly board meeting, July 27, at 4 p.m. We are currently taking nominations for additional board members. The board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month 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.