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Local artists open their studios Saturday

Pagosa Springs Arts Council will conduct its 2010 Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour, featuring 25 artists, on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3, from noon to 5 p.m.

We are so pleased that we can offer this opportunity that not only benefits our artists and gallery businesses, but also our community as a whole.

Studio tour brochures and maps can be found at the PSAC office, 450 Lewis St., various galleries, the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center and many other local businesses. Each studio stop will offer an item for a lottery drawing.

Art of the American West

This Art of the American West exhibit continues at the PSAC Studio Gallery, 450 Lewis St. until Oct. 5. Over 50 pieces are available for viewing, produced by 15 well known local and regional artists. The exhibit is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday from noon-5 p.m.

For more information please call PSAC at 264-5020.

Artist Members’ Exhibit

Reminder to artists: The Artist Member’s Exhibit, opening Oct. 7 and running through Nov. 2, is accepting submissions until 5 p.m. today, Sept. 30. Don’t miss being a part of in the Member’s Exhibit!

Call to artists

The holidays are a wonderful time to start an art collection for someone or to add to your own. The Pagosa Springs Arts Council is now accepting submissions for the Tiny Treasures for the Holidays exhibit that will be held Nov. 4-7. Items that would be cherished as gifts are encouraged for this holiday extravaganza.

Artwork: Any medium is accepted: two dimensional artwork no larger than 8x10, not including mat and frame; three dimensional artwork no larger than 10 inches, not including pedestal. Identification: include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and website as well as the title of each piece, the price, size and medium. Entry fee: members: $10 for intent to participate and the first piece, $5 for each piece thereafter. An unlimited number of pieces are accepted up to the delivery date of Nov. 2.

Each artist is required to gallery sit for at least three hours, have a friend substitute for them, or pay an additional fee of $20 to opt out. In order to facilitate holiday sales, we are keeping the show open four days straight and we need your help.

We will offer to gift wrap each item sold and the PSAC will provide the wrapping paper and ribbon.

Deadline: artwork must be received by PSAC in person or via UPS, FedEx, or USPS by 5 p.m., Nov. 2. Contact information for exhibit contract:  Roxanne Schick at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Call 264-5020, or go to

Pastel painter Lorraine Trenholm

Born in New York where she lived until completing studies as a painting major at Pratt Institute, Lorraine Trenholm has painted and drawn throughout her life. She painted and showed her art on Cape Cod depicting that area, the Southwest, animal artistry, doing pastels, oils and collage. She helped found the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and was juried in as a Signature member its first year. A member of 21 in Truro, Chatham Creative Arts Center, Pastel Society of NM and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, she has won numerous awards and participated in several one woman shows. Her work has been published in Lois Griffel’s “Painting the Impressionist Landscape,” and ij Kennedy Publishing’s “Best of America-Pastel Artists and Artisans, Vol 1.” Lorraine moved to Colorado in 2004 where she continues to show and do both studio and “plein air” painting, as well as teaches pastel and oil painting in Durango and through the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.

Trenholm will teach a Beginner Pastels/Mark Making Workshop for the PSAC that will answer many of your questions regarding this medium.

What is pastel? Which kind do I like — hard or soft? What kind of support? Sanded or unsanded paper? “Mark-making:” How do I put the pastel on the paper? Dry starts, wet starts or strokes? Finish — to fix or not to fix?

Students will need: a set of pastels, paper, easel, backing board, paper towels, paint brushes, makeup sponges, Styrofoam peanuts and a spray bottle. The instructor will provide two 9x12 pieces of Wallis Sanded paper and two pieces of unsanded paper (more will be available for purchase). This class, led by Lorraine Trenholm, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 14 from 9-4 (with a half-hour break for lunch) at the Studio, 450 Lewis St. third floor. There will be an optional day on Friday, Oct. 15. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and pre-pay for the class.

Acoustic Trail

Caroline Colie, president of Acoustic Trail, is currently in Nashville attending the International Bluegrass Music Association Yearly Convention where they will be hosting 16 bands over a four night period. Bands hail from as far as the UK, to Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Massachusetts and others. She will post an update on the Acoustic Trail Facebook ,with music videos.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Artisans of the Southwest Gallery, 175 Pagosa St.. Join us for socializing starting at 6 p.m., followed by photo critiquing, program and business meeting at 6:30. Please note the change of location and day of the week for this meeting.

For this month’s club meeting program the club is pleased to present Jeanine Malaney “Art from a Painter’s Perspective.”  Elements of design comprise inspiration, composition, light, color and value. Inspiration involves choosing your subject matter. In composition you must determine your focal point and decide where to place it in the painting. (The focal point is where you want the viewer’s eye to go and rest.) Your painting will become extraordinary if you understand your light source and enhance the light impact with correct and consistent value, shade and shadow. There are many components to color; we will discuss intensity, value, temperature, mood and the power of complements. Jeanine will explore each of these subjects in depth in her presentation.

A photo exhibit is held during each club meeting. Two categories are presented — the monthly theme category and the open category where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Fall.” Members can enter as many as three prints or six digital images. President T.J. Reynolds will lead the critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than by specified judges.

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. 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 970-731-9581.

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. 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 Street, 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 — Tiny Treasures for the Holidays.

PSAC workshop schedule

The last workshop for the 2010 season will be Pastel Painting by Lorraine Trenholm, which will take place Oct. 13-14 with an optional day Oct. 15. Please see Lorraine’s bio and class description above. This workshop will be held in the third floor Studio of the Lewis Building at 450 Lewis St.

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.