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Soft Art: decorative and wearable

The newest exhibit presented by the Pagosa Springs Arts Council opens tonight with an artist’s reception from 5-7 p.m. at 450 Lewis Street, in the third-floor Studio.

The collective works shown are by local artists Diane Davis, Annie Jacobi and Carol Schneider, and regional artist Lois Burbach.

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

For more information, please call PSAC at 264-5020.

Acoustic Trail happenings

Acoustic Trail Event happenings: Guitar, Banjo and Songwriter workshops will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 1-3 p.m. Teachers are Tyler Grant, Andy Thorn and Benny Galloway.

The cost is $30. To RSVP, e-mail or call (818) 419-1611. Classes are limited. Directions will be given at the time of reservation.

Acoustic Trail presents “An Evening With The Grant Farm Band” at Pagosa Pubworks and Brewpub on Tuesday evening, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

This is Acoustic Trail’s third free show, so put your dancing shoes on and get there early for a table and some delicious food.

For more information, please check the Acoustic Trail Facebook or call (818) 419-1611.

Work from live models

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.

Photography Club Judged Exhibit

The 2010 Pagosa Springs Photo Club Judged Exhibit will open with an artist’s reception on Sept. 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Artisans of the Southwest. The exhibit will run Sept. 9-30.

• Entry eligibility

Current Pagosa Springs Photography Club members and others who join for the 2010-2011 season are eligible to enter.

Interested photography enthusiasts are invited to join for annual dues of $20 for single individuals, $30 for a family or $10 for student membership.

For more membership information, contact club president T.J. Reynolds at or 731-9581.

• Submission

Artwork submitted for judged consideration will be reasonable, artist-defined presentation.  A fee of $5 is charged for each entered artwork, with a limit of three to five image entries per participant. Images previously exhibited in other Pagosa Springs shows are not eligible.

One of these artworks will be judged for a first-place award of $50. You may download an entry form at

• Presentation

Each print shall be mounted artist presentation format. The print presentation will be part of judging criteria for the first place award. 

Maximum framed artwork width shall be no greater than 30 inches. There is no limit for frame height, as long as it is reasonable. The artwork must be supplied with hanging wire that is firmly attached to it. Framed photos must have screw eyes and wire hanger. Best wishes and good luck to all our photographer friends.

2010 exhibit schedule

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

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.

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.

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 Fred Harman Museum at Harman Park. The entrance is at the traffic light at the top of Putt 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.

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.

Call for 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, Aug. 24. 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 Street, from 4-6 p.m.

PSAC invites you to join

Started in 1988 the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, a nonprofit 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 artists, 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.