Arts Briefs for May 25

Garments offered for TOP design fundraiser

Aspiring and accomplished designers are invited to register to enter Durango’s original fashion forum – TOP – for its third annual juried garment design exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the Durango Arts Center. Sponsored by First National Bank of Durango, this year’s fashion show, exhibition, live and silent auctions will be held Sept. 21 at the Arts Center.

Artists can pick up garments or fabric June 1-2 at There’s No Place Like Home, 820 Main Ave. The prospectus is available at The delivery deadline for finished garments is Aug. 25.

Entry fees are $25 for the first item and $15 for additional items. Student fees are $15 for the first entry and $10 for each additional. For the first time, this year TOP is a offering 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 receive 50 percent of the auctioned price of their pieces.

For more information, contact Regina Hogan at 385-4989, email or go to the Facebook TOP page.

Cortez Cultural Center announces June events

The Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St, will host three events in early June.

The annual Mancos Mix Art Show, featuring a variety of local artists and media, will take place from May 28 through June 16. An opening reception will be held in the Art Gallery with the artists June 8.

The weekly Beginner’s Luck Art Class for adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon beginning June 6. The cost is $15 per session for members, $20 for non-members.

An Arts and Crafts class for kids ages 10 to 14. will be held weekly beginning June 8. The cost is $10 per class ($35 for four classes prepaid).

Space is limited for both classes. To pre-register, call 565-1151.

Forum offered for Western Slope teachers

Colorado Humanities and the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum will hold a free one-day training from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1022 Grand Ave., in Grand Junction.

The forum is for qualified writers who want to teach in the statewide Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.

Colorado Humanities is focusing much of its WITS effort “West of the Divide” for the 2012-2013 school year. It seeks poets and fiction writers with publications and/or interest or experience in teaching.

WITS pays published, trained writers to conduct writing workshops in Colorado classrooms, which culminate in a published anthology and public reading of student work.

Placing trained, active poets, playwrights and fiction writers in the classroom inspires students to make leaps of literary imagination and affects all other areas of language learning. Colorado writers currently affiliated with WITS include Jack Collom, Eleni Sikelianos, Maria Melendez, Jill Burkey and Sandra Dorr.

For more information, email WITS coordinator Tim Hernandez at, or call the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum at (970) 256-4662.

Herald Staff