Do you see what I see?

‘Abstract Views’ provides look into minds of artists at Durango Arts Center

Above: Second-place winner “System Stereocyclegraph,” by Anthony Holmquist, was worth a look at Friday night’s opening of “Abstract Views” at the Durango Arts Center. Top left: Works by local artists Nancy Richmond and Maureen May attract a crowd. Top right: Shay Lopez looks at a piece by Anthony Holmquist, left, and Chet Anderson’s photograph “Bistahi,” which took third place. Enlarge photo

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Above: Second-place winner “System Stereocyclegraph,” by Anthony Holmquist, was worth a look at Friday night’s opening of “Abstract Views” at the Durango Arts Center. Top left: Works by local artists Nancy Richmond and Maureen May attract a crowd. Top right: Shay Lopez looks at a piece by Anthony Holmquist, left, and Chet Anderson’s photograph “Bistahi,” which took third place.

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, abstract art’s worth a dictionary. And even that might not do it.

It was a full-house Friday at the Durango Arts Center for the opening of the center’s annual exhibit of that most inexplicable of painting styles. “Abstract Views” features 29 local and regional artists in a colorful and varied display that was juried by Joan Levine Russell and Nancy Harris. At least they knew what they were looking for.

“It’s not that subjective,” Russell said.

“Abstract painting is based on principles of design, composition and a mastery of materials and colors. We used that criteria and judged each piece on its own merits.”

Maryellen Morrow took honors for “Best in Show” for her oil painting “White Out.”

“It has great balance of dynamics – warm and cool, and the way the blue, black, green and white is woven together. It’s kind of an emotional energy, and you can feel it,” Russell said of Morrow’s piece.

Fort Lewis College professor Anthony Holmquist took second place for his collage “System Stereocyclegraph” and Chet Anderson won third place for his black-and-white silver gelatin photo “Bistahi.”

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Works by local artists Nancy Richmond and Maureen May attract a crowd at Friday’s opening reception of “Abstract Views” at the Durango Arts Center. Enlarge photo

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Works by local artists Nancy Richmond and Maureen May attract a crowd at Friday’s opening reception of “Abstract Views” at the Durango Arts Center.

Shay Lopez looks at a piece by Anthony Holmquist, left, and Chet Anderson’s photograph “Bistahi,” which took third place in “Abstract Views” on Friday evening at the Durango Arts Center. Enlarge photo

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Shay Lopez looks at a piece by Anthony Holmquist, left, and Chet Anderson’s photograph “Bistahi,” which took third place in “Abstract Views” on Friday evening at the Durango Arts Center.

Work by local artist Kimberly Beal, left and center, catch a visitor’s eye Friday evening at the Durango Arts Center. Enlarge photo

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Work by local artist Kimberly Beal, left and center, catch a visitor’s eye Friday evening at the Durango Arts Center.

Also opening Friday was “Confined,” including this untitled work by Andrea Martens. Martens exhibit is on display through February in the upstairs Art Library at the Durango Arts Center. Enlarge photo

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Also opening Friday was “Confined,” including this untitled work by Andrea Martens. Martens exhibit is on display through February in the upstairs Art Library at the Durango Arts Center.

“White Out,” by Maryellen Morrow, took best in show on Friday evening at the Durango Arts Center. Enlarge photo

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“White Out,” by Maryellen Morrow, took best in show on Friday evening at the Durango Arts Center.