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Natural Expressions opens Aug. 20

Natural Expressions is an exhibition of work by four local women artists — June Jurcak, Catherine Wagner, Ann Shurtleff and Elizabeth Claire Baldwin.

June expresses her love of nature in her watercolor paintings of flowers, insects and hummingbirds as well as producing a line of cards featuring plants and other varieties of birds.

Catherine paints plein air as well as indoor still lifes using watercolors, pastels and colored pencils. Her paintings are aesthetically pleasing, serene and tranquil.

Ann Shurtleff draws ideas from nature, flowers, trees, mountains and animals for her silk paintings that are represented in wall hangings, scarves and Art-To-Wear clothing.

Elizabeth Claire Baldwin rounds out the exhibit with custom jewelry designs using earthen elements of semiprecious stones.  

The opening artists’ reception for this collective exhibit is Thursday, Aug. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at Town Park Gallery.

Balance and Chaos in Nature

The co-exhibit, Balance and Chaos in Nature: Drawing on the Essence of Our World, features the work of Lorraine Trenholm and Chad Haspels. It will run until Aug. 18, so please stop by Town Park Gallery from noon-4 p.m. to view the work of these gifted artists. Keep in mind the gallery is closed on Mondays.

Denny Rose and students

Denny Rose and six of her students are exhibiting their watercolors at the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library through Labor Day weekend. The adult students have been painting for as little as a few months or as long as five years, and most of them have reached a professional level. If you have any questions about the show or Denny’s classes, call her at 970-946-0696.

One-evening exhibit

The public is invited to view a One Evening Exhibit by Cynthia Padilla at the Pagosa Springs Community Center Arts and Crafts Room. Join the instructor and other workshop participants there for a “Meet and Greet” and discussion of the genre Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m.

Field sketching

Try your hand at sketching outdoors, like an early naturalist combining a scientific eye with artistic beauty!

Pagosa Springs Arts Council premiers this beloved tradition pairing art and science, in a gentle ramble led by returning visiting artist Cynthia Padilla.

Cynthia is a painter of rare antique botanical maps and engravings and instructs painting and drawing courses at prestigious universities, science and nature centers, museums and arboreta across the United States, Canada and Central America.

You will work side by side as Cynthia demonstrates technique in simple, transportable materials, offers gentle critique and dispenses one-on-one tutelage. No previous art training is expected since drawing will be used as a tool for observation. You will emerge with a sketchbook journal of careful observations, quick scribbles, sparkling watercolor vignettes, collected ephemera, rubbings, notes and notations, diminutive landscapes, measurements and musings. All participants are welcome to later include their work in a non-juried exhibition curated by the instructor. Cost is $170 for PSAC members, $195 for non-members. The class will be held Aug. 25-26 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register now. Because this is a special “visiting artist” workshop, pre-registration is due now for the workshop to “go.” A deposit reserves your space and full payment is due before the start date. Weather does not cancel so there will be no refunds unless the workshop is not held. A supply list will be provided at registration, and be sure to bring a lunch.

Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register and pay for the class.

A certificate of attendance is recognized for continuing education hours for teachers, professional development, practical knowledge, volunteer hour applications, personal enrichment for gardeners, naturalists, friends of the environment, grants and proposals and educators desiring to integrate stimulating inquiry-based art/science/writing activities into the classroom. The certificate is for 11 contact hours.

In conjunction with the workshop, the public is invited to view a one-evening exhibit by Cynthia Padilla at the Pagosa Springs Community Center Arts and Crafts Room. Join the instructor and other workshop participants there for a “Meet and Greet” and discussion of the genre, Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m.