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Art of the American West opens tonight

Howdy! Round ‘em up, head ‘em out and come on down to the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Studio Gallery at 450 Lewis St..

Western Artists come from many walks of life, and they 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 this evening, 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.

This exhibit will run until Oct. 5.

For more information, call PSAC at 264-5020.

Board member-at-large, Linda Hogan

Let me introduce myself. My name is Linda Hogan and my husband, Dennis, and I are new to Pagosa Springs as this is our second summer. We arrive in mid-April and stay until mid–October. We are certified scuba divers, golfers and fishermen so we spend some winter time in warmer places. We absolutely love Pagosa in the summer (who doesn’t?).

I was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kan., the second of four children. I have two sisters and a brother. Our dad was in the farm implement business and he was always tinkering with the plow attachments and re-inventing the wheel to make them better, stronger and longer lasting. Mom was equally talented creating recipes in the kitchen, teaching countless ladies to knit and crochet at her yarn shop, and making incredible wedding cakes as well as fun birthday cakes. They were avid round and square dancers, presidents of the Kansas Round Dance Assoc. as well as instructors.

Growing up in such a creative environment it was a natural progression to become an artist and I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else! Of course I took all the art and design classes in school that were available and majored in art at colleges in Kansas and Arizona. I developed my own unique style of three dimensional art and sold several pieces while in school. We were married in 1973 and I worked in advertising in Miami, Fla. We moved to upstate N.Y. and then Kingman, Ariz., but by 1980 I was a full time artist in Scottsdale, Ariz. Such a busy time! I was involved in numerous shows, working with interior designers on custom pieces for homes and restaurants, and creating exhibitions such as Dimensional Vision at the Cultural Center. I was accepted in my first gallery, Small World, in downtown Scottsdale in 1982 and went on to have two solo shows in 1984 and 1985. We moved to St. Maarten for two and a half years and then back to Scottsdale. We came to Castle Rock, Colo., in 1999 and I was board member on the Town of Castle Rock Arts Council. Dennis retired in 2005 and we looked for a smaller town in Colorado away from the Front Range and discovered Pagosa.

I am honored to be a part of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council and hope I can make a positive contribution to the arts. It is very important in a small community as the opportunities for artists to show and display their work as well as obtain instruction are limited. The Arts Council fills a very important niche in unifying arts programs, coordinating with other events and organizations, developing activities for children and offering social and networking opportunities for anyone who has an interest.

My work is on display at Wild Spirit Gallery and may be viewed at I am participating in the third annual Pagosa Springs Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour, Oct. 2 and 3, and invite all of you to come by for a visit and see some of my work in progress.

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 the 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 3 days prior to the start of the class in order to offer the class.

Collage 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.

Photo Club

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. at Artisans of the Southwest Gallery, 175 Pagosa St. (next to Farrago’s). 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 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 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.

PSAC exhibit schedule

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

Sept. 9 – Oct. 5 — Art of the American West.

Oct. 7–Nov. 2 — PSAC Artist Member’s Exhibit.

Nov. 4–7 — Holiday Extravaganza Showcasing Small Art.

Workshop schedule

All workshops, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the third floor 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

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.

PSAC office

The Arts Council office is located in the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St., Suite B-2. Exhibits are held in The Studio on the 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 12-5 p.m. You may e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our website at for additional information.

You are invited

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, Sept. 28. 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.

Thank you, members

We would like to extend a hearty thank you to our new and renewing PSAC members for their 2010 memberships: Bill and Kathy Adams, Bob and Randy Albers, Sandy Artzberger, Tom and Dorothy Childers, Gene and Joan  Cortright, Douglas and Laurel Epps, Karin Freeman, John and Ann Graves, Drew and Anna Harbison, Bob and Dahrl Henley, June Jurcak, Stephanie Lochbaum, Robert and Judith McCormack, Beverly Modisette, Will Dunbar Nancy Cole, Marcia Pastuszek, Denise Pitchon, June Russell and Anna Sands. Your support is extremely important to the continuation of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.

There are many ways in which local and area businesses can support the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Please log on to our website at and click on the “Membership” button to learn how your business can support our efforts to strengthen the arts in Pagosa Springs and achieve our mission and goals in 2010.

Join the PSAC

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-$15; Individual Senior-$25; Individual Regular-$30; Family Senior-$40; Family Regular-$45; Business-$80; Patron -$250; Benefactor-$500, Director-$1,000 and Guarantor-$2,500 and up. The senior age requirement is 65-plus.