Arts Briefs for April 13

KDUR membership drive is under way

KDUR’s annual Spring membership drive began today and will continue through April 20. The “Spring into Summer Fun” drive celebrates KDUR and its members, and serves as a preview to regional events and activities during the summer months in the Southwest.

Financial donations will continue to help KDUR serve Durango, La Plata County and beyond with independent radio, and a long list of premiums are available as thank-you gifts for donors.

KDUR can be heard locally at 91.9 and 93.9 FM and online at

To pledge or for more information, call 247-7262 or visit the website.

Arts Center offering late-April workshops

The Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., will offer two late-April workshops.

Beginning and Intermediate Stained Glass, taught by Will Foster, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 and 22. Students will create a lampshade in this 12-hour class. Some stained-glass experience is required. The cost is $120 plus a $30 materials fee paid to the instructor.

Kite Making for Everyone, taught by Paul Pennington, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28. Kids 8 and younger must be accompanied by a helper. Pennington will show how to make, decorate and fly a Nepalese kite as well as learn the safety, history, anatomy and variety of kites. The cost is $50 and includes all materials.

For more information or to register, contact Sandra at 259-2606 or email

Two new venues welcome local art

Raider Ridge Cafe, 509 East Eighth Ave., will begin monthly art shows in May starting with an exhibit by Kristen Smith.

Artists are invited to submit framed and/or matted works for future exhibits. The cafe will provide promotion and an opening night reception on the first Thursday of each month. No commissions will be charged. Interested artists can email Dan Groth at; include photos of artwork and/or a link to a website.

Unitea house is a community space that offers a space for coming together, teaching and creating. The nonprofit business offers a large array of teas and other handcrafted items and also soon will feature artwork on the walls.

Potential artists are invited to visit Unitea at 666 College Drive above the College Drive Cafe from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Garth at for more information.

Fashion forum begins search for designers

Durango’s original fashion forum, TOP, is calling aspiring and accomplished designers to submit entries for the third annual juried garment-design exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the Durango Arts Center. This year’s fashion show, live and silent auctions will be held Sept. 21.

Artists may pick up garments or fabric May 4 and 5 or June 1 and 2 at There’s No Place Like Home, 820 Main Ave. The prospectus is available at Delivery deadline for finished garments is Aug. 25.

Fees for first entries are $25 and $15 for additional entries. Students’ fees are $15 for the first entry and $10 for each additional. TOP is offering a limited number of sponsorships for students. Two People’s Choice Awards of $500 each also have been added.

All entries will be judged and accepted for the live auction and fashion show by a jury of noted fashion and textile designers, including Ilze Aviks, Susan Rogers and Becky Surmeier. Artists will receive 50 percent of the auctioned price of their pieces.

For more information, call Regina Hogan at 385-4989, email or like us on Facebook at TOP.

Ouray museum to open Thursday

The Ouray County Historical Society will open for the spring season Thursday at 420 Sixth Ave. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

This season will feature two special exhibits, “Otto Mears, Pathfinder of the San Juans” and “A Walk Down the Aisle: 80 Years of Bridal Gowns.”

Call (970) 325-4576 for more information.

Herald Staff

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