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Exhibit opening draws enthusiastic response

Horse enthusiasts came out in droves to see our current exhibit, All things Horse, and appreciate the beautiful equine artworks represented ranging from watercolor and steel sculpture to oils, acrylic and photography.

A jovial crowd enjoyed the art and conversation. New artists commented that meeting other artists was a highlight of the evening.

Pagosa residents, as well as newcomers, were able to meet and mingle with visitors from New Mexico, Arizona and Thailand. Live music was provided by classical guitarist Stephany Bouchier.

This exhibit will run until Aug. 5 and the office is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon-5 p.m.

Please call PSAC at 264-5020 for additional information.

Artist Rick Unger has generously offered a percentage to the Arts Council for original or limited edition prints purchased from his website, Art Council shows are becoming increasingly better attended in our new location and you are invited to join us for the next innovative show of Soft Art: Decorative and Wearable.

People’s Choice Award

Donna Merchant-Crooks tied with herself for the top two picks in the People’s Choice Award as part of the Arts Council’s seventh annual Juried Exhibit.

Her winning pieces were a bronze sculpture of “Moon River” and an oil on canvas titled “The Turn.”

To see more of Donna’s work you may visit her website:

2010 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 — TBD.

 PSAC workshop schedule

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

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.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club is now off for the summer. The Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through May. For more information, contact club president T.J. Reynolds at or 731-9581.

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 Aug. 26 we will meet at the Ryder Museum at Harman Park. The entrance is at the traffic light, at the top of Put Hill, by Wells Fargo Bank. 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.