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Soft Art Exhibit at PSAC Studio Gallery

Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s Soft Art: Decorative and Wearable exhibit showcases the best in weaving, felting, jewelry and garment design by award winning artists: Lois Burbach, Diane Davis, Annie Jacobi and Carol Schneider.

The Soft Art exhibit is now showing at 450 Lewis St. in the third floor Studio and may be viewed Tuesday through Thursday from noon-5. This exhibit will run until Sept. 7. For more information please call PSAC at 264-5020.

Live model workshop

This is a class everyone can afford and everyone is invited to participate.

The concept of gathering artists working in 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, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be three intervals: 10-noon; 1-3 and 3-5 ,with a lunch break (bring your own lunch if you wish).

The artists might engage in sketches or work in a variety of mediums, or work towards one completed piece during each interval. PSAC will provide staging, chairs and tables. Please bring your own ,if needed. We have a few easels available on a first- come, first-served ,so please 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 as there are only 15 spaces. Thank you and let’s share ideas as well as people rich in story from this area.

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

John Mountain Lion Exhibit

In a rare showing of his work, John Mountain Lion invites you to share in his visions utilizing stained glass, crystals, fossils, precious stones and artifacts to create original custom artwork. The John Mountain Lion Exhibit will take place Saturday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Springs Resort and Spa Conference Room. Attendees are requested to be age appropriate. Most pieces will be for sale.

Colorado native John Mountain Lion, of Italian and Cherokee descent, started his appreciation of nature soon after he landed on earth. Growing up in Colorado not only afforded John a beautiful place to live, work and play, it awakened his heritage and sprit to see the sacredness of all of the Great Spirit’s creations: people, animals and nature.

A stained glass hobbyist for 35 years, it was a journey in 2005 to the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota and visions he received there in a sweat lodge that propelled his work to a completely new level. John’s visions brought all his life’s abilities and talents together to bring engineering and Mother Earth’s creations to a new art form that complements traditional glass work.

John’s work is all one-of-a-kind and custom made. He can design and manifest your personal vision using pieces of nature or heirlooms important to you to bring new vision to your idea of art. From elegant to Native to whimsical: glass, crystals, rocks, fossils, feathers, leather, beads and much more…it’s possible. John’s work touches that deep familiar place in one’s soul that reminds you that all things are connected and sacred. Please contact John at ( 719) 680-0064 for more information. Mr. Mountain Lion is a member of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. To see examples of John’s work go to and click on Artist Members.

Photo Club meeting

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Artisans of the Southwest Gallery, 175 Pagosa St. (next to Farrago’s). Socializing begins at 6p.m., followed by photo critiquing, program and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Please note the location.

Pagosa Photo Club president T.J. Reynolds will lead a critique of photos entered in the club annual exhibit. This will be done as a group rather than with specific judges. This critique will include the photo and presentation format of framing, matting, etc. Be sure to attend this enjoyable meeting.

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. and interested photography enthusiasts are welcome to attend at no charge for the first meeting. Any and all are invited to join for annual dues of $20 for single individuals and $30 for a family membership. For more information, contact Reynolds at or 731-9581. Please inform the club president if you are going submit to the Judged Exhibit and the number of photos you are entering. Please send a photo of one of your submissions for the promotional postcard to

Photography Club exhibit

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

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 family, or $10 for student membership. For more membership information, contact club president T.J. Reynolds at or 731-9581.

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 given a $50 first-place award. You can download an entry form at

Each print should be mounted in 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. 28.

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.

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.