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Current PSAC exhibit runs through Aug. 10

All Things Horse will continue on exhibit through Aug. 10 and consists of a variety of artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and steel sculpture.

Among the many works on display are those by Randy Albers, David Burch, Katherine Cruse, T. Cutter Collins, Buster Griggs, Pierre Mion, Marcia Stover Pastuszek, Rick Unger, Gillian Wallace and Rachel Weissberger.

The exhibit is showing at 450 Lewis St. in the Studio on third floor and may be viewed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon-5 p.m.

For more information, call PSAC at 264-5020.

Wet-felting hats

In this class taught by Lois Brubach, we will get our hands wet and have FUN while learning to felt a hat without seams. Choose either a dome top or western style hat. No knitting, crocheting, or sewing is involved. You will learn the basics of wet-felting with a resist and leave with your finished. However, you might want to wait for it to dry before you wear it.

The class will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Artist Within, 190 Village Drive. Please note the change in location.

The cost is $75 for PSAC members; $100 for non-members; plus $15 fee for supplies.

Call 264-5020 to register and pre-pay. A minimum of three students must be registered no later than three days prior to the start of the class in order to offer the class.

Mixed media and live model workshop

This is a class that everyone can afford, and everyone is invited to participate. The concept of gathering artists using all mediums (pencil, charcoal, paint, photography, clay, fabric, metal, etc.), experienced or not, in comradely association with live models as inspiration for new creations is the objective.

Each model will pose for one hour, breaking every 15 minutes.

The class will be held Saturday, Aug. 28. There will be three intervals: 10 a.m.-noon; 1-3 p.m. and 3-5, with a lunch break (bring your own lunch if you wish).

The artists might engage in sketches or a variety of mediums or work towards one completed piece during each interval. PSAC will provide staging, chairs and tables. Please bring your own easel, if needed. We have a few easels available on a first-come, first-served basis, so call to reserve one. The fee is $20 for the class, and we encourage you to make a donation for the models. Call PSAC at 264-5020 early to register, since there are only 15 spaces.

Lavern Burton is looking for fully outfitted: cowboy, Native American woman, belly dancer, ballerina and swimsuit- and trunk-clad models. Call Lavern at (575) 770-5159.

Artist profile

Born in York, Penn., Rick Unger started his artistic life early. Rick’s mother was amazed that, as a toddler learning to walk, he was already drawing pictures with advanced detail and accuracy! Before his teens Rick could paint portraits with striking accuracy and detail. He was receiving commissions for his art work even before graduating high school.

Rick has attended three years of vocational art training at the York Vocational School. Some of his work is now on display in museums in Pennsylvania. When Rick graduated he married and moved to Texas. Texas, with its cattle and horse ranches, was a new experience for Rick. He felt that the life of a cowboy was a contrast to urban stress and painting cowboy life an escape from the fast pace.

In the ’80s Rick traveled all across the United States and Canada demonstrating a graphic art technique he invented. His venture into graphic art at this time was featured in magazines and on TV shows. His designs have been sold nationwide by a major chain store.

In the ’90s he came full circle back to fine art, his real passion. In recent years, Rick’s work has been seen and sold through galleries, shows and exhibits, websites and other venues, and he has received numerous commissions for his art. 

Today, Rick resides in Pagosa Springs with his wife, Jody. They have been married for over 29 years and now enjoy their life together in southwest Colorado, where the beautiful San Juan Mountains are a true inspiration.

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 St.

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.

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 info@pagosa-arts.com or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our website at www.pagosa-arts.com for additional information.

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.