Spring for art

Courtesy of Elizabeth Kinahan

Studio & will introduce its two newest members at Gallery Walk. Elizabeth Kinahan moved her studio into the arts collective where she painted “Poppy Owl,” and Rosie Carter will be the first non-resident artist represented.

By Chelsea Terris
Special to the Herald

Durango is buzzing with excitement as 11 local galleries will keep their doors open late tonight with new offerings in painting, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts from regional and out-of-town artists. The Spring Gallery Walk has arrived, and there is much to see.

Open Shutter Gallery will deviate from its usual milieu. The fine art photography gallery will feature creations of Jeff Glode Wise, whose sculptures recently appeared at The Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum. Wise’s current exhibit at Open Shutter includes his contemporary and abstract sculptures. As an added treat, Wise will be present tonight to answer questions about his work.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, in the midst of her 30th anniversary, will present abstract acrylic work by Oregon artist Cheryl Williams. Her art is in muted colors and gentle lines, evocative of the dry season in our fair Four Corners. The multifaceted Williams’ pottery and sculpture will also be on display.

For unique jewelry items,look no further than Diane West Jewelry and Art, which will unveil innovative, stylized pieces by Kristin Lora of Santa Fe and Nicole Hansen of Salida, as well as stimulating mixed-media sculptures by local artist Joan Russell and Atlanta artist Todd Alexander. Surprise is the name of the game with Russell’s sculpture, struck from unexpected materials like porcelain and rice paper.

Durango Arts Center continues its love affair with large-scale exhibits and adapted books where last month’s “Flow” exhibit began. In “Textiles Today: Redefining the Medium,” new work from 19 internationally renowned textile artists includes a heart-stopping array of quilting, embroidery, beading, knitting, weaving, cloth-dying, printing and felting. Nestled upstairs in the Arts Library, meanwhile, will be Joy Campbell’s “Reimagining the Book,” an exhibit that births 3-D forms from two-dimensional pages, a hit for both visual art and literature lovers.

Gadugi Center for the Arts wants to help artists share the meaning of the “idea” through multimedia. The word “Gadugi” means cooperative community labor, and tonight’s new exhibit features the work of many hands toward this singular purpose.

Durango-based artist Donna Rowe has “Gone Fishy” with her new ceramic collection at Earthen Vessel, featuring fish sculptures and her signature dinnerware. Those seeking natural and wildlife renderings need only go next door to Wildshots Gallery, where they will find the photography of local shutterbug Claude Steelman. Continuing the hunt for riveting works, gallery walkers shouldn’t miss Azul, which will introduce new pieces from local and international artists.

At Toh-Atin Gallery, Sandra Emmanuel Heller unveils her pastels, watercolors and oils at her first show at the famed gallery.

Two-time award winner at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Maria Samora will present stunning and surprising jewelry at Sorrel Sky, which she crafts from her own studio-made gold alloys. Also featured will be the work of New Mexico potter Laura Bruzzese, and both artists will be in attendance for the Gallery Walk.

Those who like a little philosophy with their visuals should stop at Studio &, where the “Focusing on the Near” exhibit use the poppy paintings of Elizabeth Kinahan and dimensional work of Rosie Carter to examine layers of existence, in our past, present and future.

With 11 galleries offering plenty of fresh work, there’s much to see. So seek out one medium you love, one you’ve never experienced, and be sure to pop your head into every gallery (or as many as possible) to meetandgreetthe artists.

Chelsea Terris is a freelance writer and social media specialist. Reach her at chelseaterrisrose@hotmail.com.

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