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PSAC Artist Members’ Exhibit opens today

The Artist Member’s Exhibit, opens this evening, Oct. 7, with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Studio on Lewis at 450 Lewis St. third floor.

The exhibit will run through Nov. 2.

Among others you will be able to view oil paintings by Ermalie and Alec Cooke and Marsha Gallagher; watercolor by Jean Smith; basket weaving, bas relief and felting by Diane Davis and collage mixed media by Dee Pitchon. So, please join us in viewing the work of these extremely talented artists.

Call to artists

The holidays are a wonderful time to start an art collection for someone or 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.

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

Entry fee: The entry fee has been changed to $10 for 1 piece, $35 for as many pieces as will fit on half a table,$70 for a whole table. You can share a table with another person.  Each artist is required to gallery sit for at least three hours, have a friend substitute for you, 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 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., Oct. 28.

Contact Roxanne Schick at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m., 264-5020 or

Lorraine Trenholm is back

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 N.M. 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.

Lorraines will conduct a Beginner Pastels/Mark Making Workshop, sponsored by the PSAC.

What is pastel? Which kind do I like — hard or soft? What kind of support? Sanded or unsanded paper? How do I put the pastel on the paper? Dry starts, wet starts or strokes? To fix or not to fix?

Students will need: a set of pastels, paper, easel, backing board, paper towels, paint brushes, make-up 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 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct.14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (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.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club will meet Thursday evening, Oct. 14, at the Artisans of the Southwest Gallery, 175 Pagosa St. Join us for socializing starting at 6p.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 in which any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Fall.” Members may 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. at Artisans of the Southwest Gallery. 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.

Exhibit schedule

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

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

Nov. 4–7 — Tiny Treasures for the Holidays.

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.