Animal Verses for Grownup Children

The newest PSAC exhibit will open Thursday evening, May 28. At the Opening and Artists’ Reception you will be introduced to a book project entitled “Animal Verses for Grown-up Children,” written by John Graves and illustrated by Sabine Baeckmann-Elge.

Graves will treat the audience to a live reading from the book. The exhibit will also feature a representation of Baeckmann-Elge’s latest body of works entitled, “Animal Lines,” which are watercolors of animals in unique situations. The exhibit runs from May 28 through June 23 at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s Town Park Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

The exhibit opening and artists’ reception will be held May 28, 5-7 p.m. Musician Stephany Bouchier will play the classical guitar during the opening night.

Annual membership meeting

The annual PSAC membership dinner meeting was held Wednesday, May 20, at Nello’s Bistro.

Our patrons were privileged to view the unveiling of two major art projects sponsored by the Arts Council.

The first is the Mural on Main Project by artists Jeffry Haas and Hayley Goodman, assisted by three high school art students: Jacob Farber, Betsy Schur and Rachel E. Jensen.

The second was the representation of the three trees that will be sculpted as part of the Pagosa Springs Mountain Hospital Tree Carving Project by artist Chad Haspels.

We would like to thank all who attended for their support and generous donations. We would also like to thank Daniela Carr of Nello’s Bistro for the most delectable hors d’ouevres and gracious service, as well as John Graves and Friends for very enjoyable jazz entertainment.

Randall Davis Portrait Series

The portrait series, led by Randall Davis, finishes May 30. You will draw from a live model and the class will be especially interesting as we will be doing several posed sketches. We need a minimum of 6 people pre-registered in order to hire the model. The cost for the class is $35, plus an extra fee of $8-$10 for the model, and we ask that you call PSAC at 265-5020 to register.

Photography Club

The Photography Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. during the club year, September through May. 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 family membership. For more information, contact Barbara Conkey at blconkey@rockymtncable.com or 731-6877.

2009 calendars

The 2009 Pagosa Country Calendars are still available for sale at the Town Park Gallery. The calendars sell for $8.95 plus tax for non-members and $7.95 plus tax for PSAC members. There are also quantity discounts: 10-24 for $6.95 each and 25-plus for $5.95 each. Call 264-5020 to place your order. We will ship out of town or out of state.

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 nice, we paint outdoors. If the weather is bad we will paint in the Arts and Crafts Room. Please keep in mind that turpentine based painting materials can not be used in the Community Center. Please contact PSAC for more information at 264-5020.

PSAC 2009 Workshop Calendar

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council sponsors and manages workshops in the Arts and Crafts Room at the Community Center. From the outset, the Arts Council has been a partner and supporter of the Community Center. All of the workshop classes are held in the Arts & Crafts Room of the Community Center. Please call

PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

Workshop calendar

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council sponsors and manages workshops in the Arts and Crafts Room at the community center. From the outset, the Arts Council has been a partner and supporter of the center. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register for any of the classes and pre-registration is required.

May 30 — Portrait Drawing-Class 4 with Randall Davis, $35.

June 6 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

June 15-18 — Youth Photo Camp with Wen Saunders.

June 20 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

June 21-24 — Basket Weaving with Pat Jeffers.

July 16-17 — Pastels with Lorraine Trenholm.

July 18 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Aug. 1 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Aug. 8 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Aug. 3-21 — Youth Art Camp with Sabine Baeckmann-Elge.

Aug. 25-26 — Field Journaling for Naturalists with Cynthia Padilla.

Aug. 27-28 — Painting and Drawing from the Masters with Cynthia Padilla.

Sept. 15-17 — Oil Painting with Tom Lockhart.

Sept. 19 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Sept. 28 — Poetry Writing with Bonnie Manion/Jeanine Malaney.

Oct. 3 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Oct. 17 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Nov. 21 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

Dec. 5 — Beading with Elizabeth Claire Baldwin, $35 plus materials.

Dec. 19 — Saturday Drawing with Randall Davis, $35.

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 that you will consider becoming a member or perhaps even volunteer. If you have questions or would like more information regarding joining, call the PSAC office at 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.

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, call 264-5020 or e-mail psac@centurytel.net.