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David Petit memorial art exhibit at Tara Mandala

Tara Mandala Retreat Center presents an ongoing memorial art exhibit of David C. Petit’s captivating paintings in watercolor, oil and pastel.

Petit, co-founder of Tara Mandala and husband of Lama Tsultrim Allione, passed away at his home in Pagosa Springs on July 22. 

David began painting in Bali in 1990 and painted from then on whenever he had free time, particularly during his Colorado years, 1994-2010. He painted privately, almost never sharing his work.

Through his paintings, one finds that David reveals his soul’s journey, his inner struggles and his path into the light. 

Visitors are welcome to view the paintings by calling 731-3711, Ext. 108, to schedule an appointment.

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Tara Temple at Tara Mandala. Directions can be found at or by calling 731-3711, Ext. 5. 

Tara Mandala is a member of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.

Artist Members’ Exhibit

Currently on display in the Studio at 450 Lewis St. as part of the Artist Members’ Exhibit are oil paintings by Ermalie and Alec Cooke; Marsha Gallagher and Lavern Burton; watercolors by Jean Smith; basket weaving, bas relief and felting by Diane Davis and mixed media by Dee Pitchon. This exhibit runs through Nov. 2.

Call to artists

Never underestimate the value of fine art based on its size.

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 is $10 for one piece. $35 for half a table and $70 for a full table.

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 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.

For an exhibit contract,  contact Roxanne Schick at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Tuesday-Thursday, noon - 5 p.m., 264-5020 or

Photo Club

Photography Club meetings are on 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.

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 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.

On Oct. 28, we will meet at Echo Lake which is about four miles south of Pagosa Springs just off U.S. 84 on the west side of the highway, at about mile marker 24.  The parking area is at the west end of the lake. I

f 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. Call Jean Smith 264-6647 if you need more information.

PSAC exhibit schedule

Make note that PSAC Exhibits are held in the third floor Studio of the Lewis Building.

Oct. 7-Nov. 2 — PSAC Artist Members’ Exhibit.

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

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.

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. The current office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12-5 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.

We invite you to join

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.