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Abstract artist new member of PSAC

Paula Jo Miller is an abstract artist living in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She is inspired by her mother, great aunt, and great grandmother who were all recognized for their contributions to art communities throughout the country. Her work focuses on color, shape, balance, depth, and scale. Each painting is intended to change in front of the viewer and open the door for imagination.

Paula Jo’s most recent show was at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs. The one-night opening was a fund-raiser for Pagosa Animal Advocates. Through the sale of her paintings at the event, she raised $4,000 for the non-profit organization. Paula’s work will next appear as part of the Feels Like Uptown art show that corresponds with the play “Fully Committed,” running April 15-24 at The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

When not painting, Paula Jo serves as board secretary for Pagosa Animal Advocates, advisory board member for Texas Humane Legislation Network and volunteer firefighter with the Pagosa Springs Fire District. She donates 20 percent of the sale of her paintings to one of these organizations. Paula Jo recently retired as president of PM Communications where she consulted with non-profit organizations to help them achieve their missions. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with degrees in marketing and finance.

Paula Jo and her husband, Lowell Wiles, live in Pagosa Springs with their two rescued Akitas, Reba and Zoe. Please visit her online gallery at

Advanced Art Students Exhibit

Pagosa Springs Arts Council is now welcoming submissions from independent studies and home-schooled students ages 12-18 who wish to participate in the annual Advanced Art Student’s Exhibit. Public high school and junior high students should contact their art teachers if they wish to participate.

The exhibit will open with an artists’ reception May 6 and run through June 16. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 29. There is minimal charge of $5 per student for entering this exhibit and three pieces of artwork per student maximum. All pieces must be matted and ready to hang.

Call 264-5020 for more information.

A new art world

The Arts Council has a clear view of what our future may hold as we work together as one.

As an ongoing organization we’ve been here since 1988 and our new view for the future asks, What if we brought the world to Pagosa and Pagosa to the world?

How would our artists feel if pieces of their art would sell all over the world and if artists from all over world would show in Pagosa Springs Arts Council exhibits? As we embrace a new art world for the future of Pagosa, your comments and suggestions for achieving this ideal are welcome.

The PSAC board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and offers an open forum for all ideas. Call PSAC at 264-5020 with your creative thoughts to help us develop this forum for the April 26 board meeting.

Youth art classes

Spring/summer youth art classes are open to the public and especially home-schooled students who are in need of art in their curriculum. For more information, call Estudio Y Galeria at 264-1007.

PSAC exhibit schedule

This year we are proud to announce that some of our local galleries and businesses have graciously offered to hold exhibits while providing new, fresh, environments for showcasing the work of Pagosa’s talented artists. Following is the lineup for 2011.

May 6-June 16: “Advanced Art Student Exhibit,” hosted by Estudio Y Galleria.

June 17-July 28: “Eighth Annual Juried Exhibit: A Regional Art Competition,” hosted by Lantern Dancer.

July 29-Sept. 8: “Pagosa As Art,” hosted by The Wildflower.

Sept. 9-Oct. 20: “Artist Challenge: Kinetic Art,” location TBD.

Oct. 21-Dec. 1: “Contemporary Exhibit,” hosted by Wild Spirit Gallery.

Dec. 2-3: “Tiny Treasures” fund-raiser, hosted by The Artist Within.

Additional events on the schedule are: The Art of Coffee in April; The Art of Wine Tasting in May; Golden Retriever Roundup June 24 and 25; and the Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour Oct. 7, 8 and 9.

Photo Club

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. 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 family membership. For more information, contact club president T.J. Reynolds at or 731-9581.

Attention member artists

It’s membership drive time and if you’ve been enjoying the benefits of your membership by being featured on our website, please remember that only active members enjoy links and have their work highlighted on our site. We will also add where you are showing your work now, so please send us that information. This is free advertising available to you through our website.

We’ve made it easier than ever before for everyone to get to know the amazing, talented artists we have in our community and in the 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

PSAC is now located in the new Estudio Y Galeria at 84 Gold Mine Drive (near Pagosa Mountain Home Furniture). Our winter hours are Tuesdays from noon-4. Please drop by and enjoy a complementary cup of coffee from the Potter Bean, the newest addition to the Galeria. We are here to assist your arts needs and from now on we will be fully operational. Since the office is not staffed on a daily basis, voice mail and e-mail will be checked regularly, so please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You can e-mail us at or leave a message at 264-5020. Be sure to visit our website at for additional information.

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, 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.

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