Shutterbugs: Prepare your entries for the annual photo contest

Featured artist

Christopher Gerlach is an artist in light — his paintings are about the beauty of atmosphere, light and color. He works in a style that is impressionistic and personal. Chris’ painting style is a continuation of European realism and the California Impressionist School, and he has shown widely in the United States, including galleries in San Francisco, Santa Fe, New York, Houston, San Diego, Santa Barbara, throughout Florida, and most recently, at the Alcala Gallery in La Jolla. Chris is currently represented by John McGowan in Santa Barbara.

Chris was one of the contemporary artists to revive plein air realism and the painterly landscape tradition in the 1970s. He currently lives and paints in Pagosa Springs, after moving here from Santa Fe in 1997. In addition to painting in oil and acrylic, and doing a wide range of subjects but mostly landscape, he has been studying and working in new media and mediums. He began research in 1990 into the possibility of rendering art in new forms, and in 1998 patented a process to create “living paintings” in 3-D using the latest generations of IT (computer graphics and display). Using these new formats is part of the evolution of art, Chris said, and he very much enjoys experimenting and creating in new ways. He is the administrator of the 3-D Worlds and Game Developers Group on Linkedin. Many advances in 3-D world making have been part of computer CGI game development and there is much to learn from it for artistic development.

Chris has always enjoyed angels as a subject, and recently began a series of 3-D images of angelic visions. These images are rendered using software such as 3-D Studio Max, Maya and Bryce and Poser, as well as backgrounds created from both paintings and photographs. One of the wonderful things about computer based imagery is that it is filled with light, and light and atmosphere and the beauties that they convey are some of Chris’ favorite subjects. He is working on ideas around a healing angel of Pagosa, and the hot springs here, which will be part of future work.

You can see Chris’ work on-line at www.christophergerlach.com and at the Town Hall Rotunda, where there is a view of Pagosa Springs painted by Chris and commissioned by David and Carol Brown as a gift to the community.

2009 Pagosa Springs Photo Contest

The 21st Annual Pagosa Springs Photo Contest will be held Feb. 13 through March 6. Entries will be accepted Feb. 1 through 10, at Frame and Photo Depot or Higher Grounds Coffee Shop — both located in the Cornerstones Building on the corner of Village Drive and Talisman Drive, 1 block north of McDonald’s. Area shutterbugs can pick up entry forms and rules at Frame and Photo Depot Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or from Higher Grounds, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s contest will be judged by Paul Boyer, with multiple categories and a special youth photographer category. Local photographers are encouraged to submit their work. Go to Frame and Photo Depot or Higher Grounds for more information, contest rules and entry forms.

The show will open to the public in a gala event, filling both business spaces, Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. All photos will be on display until March 6 at both locations. For more information, call Frame and Photo Depot at 731-4511.

Beading Class with Lizz Baldwin

Explore creative color combinations with a simple design using semiprecious gemstone chips and Czechoslovakian seed beads. Working with local jewelry artist Lizz Baldwin, you will complete lovely pieces of jewelry. The first class of 2009 will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the arts and crafts room at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. You may bring your own supplies, or purchase them at a discounted rate from Lizz. The class costs $35, plus supplies.

2009 Exhibit Schedule

April 2 – April 28: Sindey Greher, Kay Roberts and Rachel Alber.

April 30 – May 26: Advanced high school art students exhibit.

May 28 – June 23: “Animal Verses for Grownup Children” with Sabine Baeckmann-Elge and John Graves.

June 25 – July 21: 6th annual juried exhibition: “A Regional Art Competition.”

July 23 – Aug. 18: Lorraine Trenholm and Chad Haspels.

Aug. 20 – Sept. 15: June Jurcak, Catherine Wagner, Ann Shurtleff, Lizz Baldwin.

Sept. 17 – Oct. 13: Photography Club exhibit.

Oct. 15 – Nov. 10: Workshop students exhibit.

Opening receptions are on the opening day of each exhibit; from 5 to 7 p.m.

2009 PSAC Sponsored Events

May 20: Annual meeting.

July 12: Home and garden tour, noon to 4 p.m.

Sept. 19-20: Artist studio tour.

Winter Gallery Hours

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council (PSAC) Gallery in Town Park is on its winter schedule. The gallery is normally open Thursdays, from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is not staffed on a regular basis, but voice mail and e-mail messages will be checked regularly. You may e-mail us at: psac@centurytel.net, or leave a message at 264-5020. You may also visit our Web site at: www.pagosa-arts.com.

Photography Club

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year — September through May — from 6 to 8 p.m. Interested photography enthusiasts are welcome to attend the first meeting at no charge. Any and all are invited to join. Annual dues are $20 for individuals and $30 for a family membership. For more information, contact club vice president Barbara Conkey at lconkey@rockymtncable.com or call 731-6877.

2009 Calendars Still Available

The 2009 Pagosa Country Calendars are available for sale in the Town Park Gallery. The calendars cost $8.95 plus tax for non-members and $7.95 plus tax for PSAC members. There are also quantity discounts: 10 to 24 for $6.95 each, and 25 or more for $5.95 each. These calendars make great gifts. Call 264-5020 to place your order.

Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters meet the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at a predetermined location. Painters who work in any media are welcome. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share tips, ideas and resources. If the weather is bad, we meet at 10 a.m. at the community center in the arts and crafts room. Turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the Community Center. Contact Jean Shah for more information, at 264-0188 or, e-mail: jean_gautam@hotmail.com.

PSAC workshops

The PSAC sponsors and manages workshops in the arts and crafts room at the Community Center. We started the workshops in 2002 and they have grown substantially since then. Workshops provide those who want to teach a venue to do so, while giving our residents a place to learn something new, whether it is watercolor, acrylic, oil, drawing or photography. The space also provides a home for the Photo Club, Watercolor Club and a meeting place for various clubs.

If you are interested in teaching a workshop or class, call the Town Park gallery at 264-5020. To download a workshop application from our Web site, go to www.pagosa-arts.com. If you are a resident and have ideas or suggestions for a class or workshop we haven’t offered, let us hear from you. The council’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 533, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147. E-mail can be sent to: psac@centurytel.net.

To date, all of our workshops have been held during the day. Would evenings work better? How about a series of classes? If you would like to see the council offer workshops in either format, call 264-5020. Leave your name and number and we’ll get back to you.

2009 Workshop Calendar

All the workshops are held in the arts and crafts room at the Community Center. Call 264-5020 to register.

Feb. 7: Beading with Lizz Baldwin.

Feb. 19 or Feb. 21: “Marketing for Artisans,” with Wen Saunders.

Feb. 21: Saturday drawing class with Randall Davis.

April 20: “Intense Composition Essence,” with Lorraine Trenholm.

May 6-8 — “Beginners Watercolor I,” with Denny & Ginnie.

PSAC welcomes new members and volunteers

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 artists and encourage and support continued appreciation and preservation of the aesthetic beauty of Pagosa Springs. If becoming involved with such a dynamic organization excites you, we hope you will consider becoming a member or volunteer. If you would like more information on becoming a member or volunteer, or to renew your membership, call 264-5020.

Membership rates are: youth-$10; individual senior-$20; individual regular-$25; family senior-$25; family regular-$35; business-$75; patron-$250; benefactor-$500; director-$1,000 and guarantor-$2,500 and up.


Photo courtesy Chris Gerlach
Pagosa Springs’ Chris Gerlach paints landscapes in oil and acrylic, but has been studying and working in new media and mediums. He began research in 1990 into the possibility of rendering art in new forms, and in 1998 patented a process to create “living paintings” in 3-D, using the latest generations of computer graphics and display. Gerlach has always enjoyed angels as a subject, and recently began a series of 3-D images of angelic visions. These images are rendered using software such as 3-D Studio Max, Maya, Bryce and Poser, as well as backgrounds created from both paintings and photographs. Gerlach is working on ideas around a healing angel of Pagosa and the hot springs which will be part of future work.