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Soft Art Exhibit ends Tuesday

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 12-5. This exhibit will run through Tuesday, Sept. 7. For more information please call PSAC at 264-5020.

John Mountain Lion Exhibit at the Springs Resort

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, September 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.

Art of the American West


Round ‘em up, head ‘em out and come on down to the PSAC Studio.

Western Artists come from many walks of life and approximately 15 local artists will be showing a variety of work that encompasses original paintings, sculpture, giclees, tile, felting, fabric art, jewelry and collage.

The Art of the American West exhibit will open to the public with an artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m. We don’t have a campfire but gather around the hors d’oeuvres table and shoot the breeze with kindred folk. Artwork as unique as the west itself will be on display.

John Mountain Lion

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 spirit 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.

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.

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 6 p.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

Wet-felting a Nuno scarf

Get your hands wet in this class and have fun while learning to felt without seams. No sewing, knitting or crocheting involved. Come and experience the magic of felting! Nuno felting is a process of laminating fine fiber (alpaca) with fabric. Adding novelty yarns and silk will make your scarf truly stunning. Bring your creativity.

Lois Burbach is the instructor. Lois, an award winning felter and highly-regarded fiber artist, has taught felting at the Pagosa Fiber Festival, The Wool Festival of the Southwest, for the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies and at various alpaca ranches and yard shops across Colorado and New Mexico.

The class will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9:30 a.m.-2 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 paid to instructor. Bring a scissors and a large towel.

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.

Collage art workshop

Join local artist Dee Pitchon in learning different techniques for the art of mixed media collage. You can either work on a canvas or be green and work on a recycled book and give it new life. So start saving some interesting photos, advertisements and anything that you would like to put in your art piece. Please make copies of any special items like photos or other special memorabilia. Supplies such as paints, stamps, papers, etc. will be available for use during the class. Your masterpiece will have its own charm and character. The class will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The cost is $95 for PSAC members and $120 for non-members. Please call 264-5020 to reserve your place in the class. Supplies to bring to class: canvas or a recycled book, photos, advertisements and memorabilia.

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 at 10 a.m. On Sept. 23 we will meet at the Pond behind River Center. Parking is behind the shops. 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.

2010 exhibit schedule

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

Ongoing — 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 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 or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our website at for additional information.

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.