Wearable art show to benefit FLC

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will hold its first-ever off-campus fundraiser Thursday night at the Lost Dog Bar & Lounge.

The event will include a host of activities and events to raise funds for the gallery’s Visiting Artist Program.

Gallery Director Elizabeth Gand said the purpose is two-fold: It will bring the creativity of FLC art students to the attention of the people of Durango and at the same time, the gallery hopes to raise $5,000 to have a successful Visiting Artist Program for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Two grand prize winners will receive art bikes created by artist Dylan Miner in collaboration with FLC art students. A nationally recognized artist who has received awards from the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Miner was the FLC Visiting Artist in November.

Gand said the Visiting Artist Program is an important component of the educational opportunities for FLC art students. Interacting with innovative artists from across the nation gives students exposure to successful artists from a broad range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. It opens minds to a wider horizon of ideas, techniques and possibilities.

Thursday’s benefit will include:

A fashion show of wearable art created by the Artful Threads Fashion Club, a group of students who are passionate about creating handmade clothing out of recycled materials.

Live music by locals Frisky Business and The Six Dollar String Band.

An exhibition of art by Fort Lewis College students.

A wearable art contest open to all attendees (prizes awarded).

An art trivia contest (prizes awarded).

A raffle with prizes from many local businesses including a trip for two on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

The benefit will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, 1150 Main Ave.