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Sueyel Grace — artist in the spotlight

Our artist in the spotlight this week is Sueyel Grace.

“I was born in Santiago, Chile, and came to the United States with my parents at the age of 12.

“Growing up I was continually exposed to art. My grandfather, on my mother’s side, was an amazing artist, and her brother is one of the best impressionists and portrait artists I have ever seen. My father was the director of production for a major advertising company were I loved going and watch everyone work and design. I learned many fundamentals about art even before I knew what they really meant.

“All of that was left behind when I came to the U.S. My life took a different turn although I continued to love art and everything related to it. Things here were different and people thought differently, so I graduated with a business major and a bachelor’s degree in psychology by the age of 24.

“At 26 I was at the top of my carrier, but this was short lived due to a severe automobile accident that left me disabled. After a few years of working at getting my life and body back together I reunited with my love for art by resuming the few classes I had remaining to graduate with a bachelor‘s degree in fine art and began my true destiny in life.

“My art forms are expressed in many medias. I like to change and expand, always growing and learning new things. Those who know me know that I will always have something different and unique as a result of my desire to create.

“I guess I see art and beauty in everything, just like I believe that everyone is an artist, because if you can express an idea in any form that makes you an artist. That is what art is: the ability to express an idea or feeling on paper, canvas or any other media.

“At this time I love my present expression of art in beautiful Pine Needle Baskets that are weaved with the abundant array of local Ponderosa pine needles. I have also introduced my Painted Gourds and created a beautiful combination of three mediums.“

Sueyel’s work may be seen at Wild Spirit Gallery and on her Web site: www.artbysueyel.com.

Please note that the work of two previously featured artists, Annie Jacobi and Stephanie Lochbaum, is also shown at Wild Spirit Gallery.

Broadway tunes sing-along

Warm up your January nights and sing out your winter blues. Come dressed in your favorite Broadway attire and invite your friends and neighbors for a great night of song and gaiety.

This night of show tunes, featuring John Graves at the keyboard, will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 28, rom 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pagosa Pub Works Brewpub, 185 N. Pagosa Blvd. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and assorted desserts will be provided, along with a cash bar. Tckets are $15 and will be available at Pagosa Pub Works Brewpub, Higher Grounds and the Chamber.

We’ll be singing your favorites, so we hope to see you there! The Pagosa Springs Arts Council sponsors this fund-raiser.

Operation Helmet Liner

The men and women who are overseas fighting for our safety and freedom need our help.

To keep our troops warm during the cold winter days and nights, they need helmet liners and neck gators.

Whether you knit or crochet, you can participate in this important community service for our troops. Pagosa Springs Arts Council board member Carol Schneider will be leading this operation. Please join her from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 12, at the Eagle Mountain Mercantile to begin the project.

The group will decide at its first meeting what days and times to meet until they complete the project.

The meetings and patterns are free. The supply list and supplies are available at Eagle Mountain Mercantile, which has graciously offered the space in which to work and will pay to send the helmet liners to our troops.

Let’s show that Pagosa Springs cares about our fighting troops and appreciates the sacrifices these men and women are making for our freedom.

For more information, call Eagle Mountain Mercantile at 731-9900.

Photo Club

The Pagosa Springs Photo Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the Arts and Crafts Room of the Ross Aragon Community Center. You are invited to join us for socializing starting at 6p.m., followed by photo critiquing, program and business meeting at 6:30.

The Photo Club is pleased to present “How Your Digital Camera Works.” Feel free to attend and learn the meaning of a “Bayer pattern sensor” and how it is transformed into an RGB image. Do you understand how light and white balance affect this conversion? Why should you care? Come and find out more about your digital camera.

A monthly photo theme exhibit is held during each club meeting. The two categories are the theme category and the open category, where any subject is allowed. This month’s theme is “Snow.” Members may enter as many as three prints or digital images, but no more than two in either category. President T. J. Reynolds will lead a critique of photos. This will be done as a group rather than have specific judges.

The Photo Club meets the second Wednesday of each month during the club year from September through May at 6 p.m. 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 Reynolds at rmp1950@msn.com or 970-731-9681.

Plein Air Painters

This fun group meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at a predetermined location. Painters who work in any media are welcome. This group offers a wonderful opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts alike to share tips, ideas and resources.  If the weather is nice, the group paints outdoors. If the weather is bad, the group paints in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. Please keep in mind that turpentine-based painting materials cannot be used in the center. Please call Jean Shah 264-0188, if you need more information.

Town Park Gallery

The PSAC Gallery in Town Park is now closed for the winter. Although the gallery will not be staffed on a regular 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 psac@centurytel.net or leave a message at 264-5020. Also be sure to visit our Web site at www.pagosa-arts.com for additional information.

New members and volunteers

Our members are our organization’s lifeblood, and we always welcome new and renewed members!

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, 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 — $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.