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Art of the American West on exhibit at PSAC gallery

The opening reception for Art of the American West on Thursday, Sept. 9, was extremely well attended.

This exhibit of Art of the American West is strong and powerful with a wide range from intensely dominating pieces to soft, demure works.

Creativity pours forth from unique western embellished purses to Navajo beaded jewelry, hand-thrown pottery, pine needle basketry and photography as well as watercolor, pencil, pastel, oil and felting — all adhering to the western theme.

With over 50 pieces to view by the following artists: Randy Albers, Lavern Burton, Paula Devereaux, Claire Goldrick, Buster Griggs, Carrie Gruver, Syl Holly-Lobato, Jeanine Malaney, Susan Martin-Serra, Pierre Mion, Dee Pitchon, Carol Schneider, Kathleen Steventon, Rick Unger and Mary Walls, you are bound to find something to enhance your boot-kickin’ life.

The Art of the American West exhibit at The Studio (450 Lewis St., third floor) is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday from noon-5 p.m. This exhibit will run until Oct. 5. For more information please call PSAC at 264-5020.

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.

Dee is a relative newcomer to Pagosa Springs. Having only been in Pagosa for a little over a year, Dee has quickly entered into the area’s arts community. Dee moved to Pagosa from California and quickly settled in with her distinctive art style. Dee’s interest in mixed media collage has taken her from painting to making altered books to incorporating her mixed media collage skills in her jewelry and stick art.

Dee attended various arts schools from Philadelphia College of Art to schools in Los Angeles. She calls herself an industrial artist. Dee has been in art shows, juried competitions and galleries in the Los Angeles area. She works with found objects that she uses in her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. The saying, “no two are alike,” really applies to Dee’s original work. Although she was a competitive international ice skating coach, her love has always been with her art. While working around Europe and the United States, her students and other coaches and parents were always collecting objects they found for her art.

Dee’s stick art can be seen and purchased at Satori’s downtown. Her mixed media jewelry is available at both the Funky Trunk and The Artist Within. Dee also sells her work on the east coast.

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.

Through 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 third floor. Our workshops will be held in the Studio unless otherwise noted in the 2010 brochure or you can 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.

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.

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.