Arts Briefs for July 13

Painter to give watercolor workshop

Painter Ann Smith will give a watercolor workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 419 San Juan Drive.

This workshop is designed for artists of all levels who have some experience in watercolor. Classes will be held indoors. You may attend one or both sessions. Each session costs $75 in advance.

Students are encouraged to bring up to three of their paintings for individual discussion. The paintings may be finished or unfinished, framed or not, award winners or problem children. (Please do not bring paintings done in another teacher’s workshop.)

For more information or to reserve a space, email Janice Bourret at

Submissions open for members’ exhibit

The Durango Arts Center announces a call to artists for this year’s members’ exhibit, “Water in the West,” which will be held Aug. 10 through Sept. 15. All Arts Center members are invited to enter one piece of artwork in any medium except video in this themed, nonjuried exhibit.

There is no entry fee. Artists may opt to donate 10 percent of their proceeds to Engineers without Borders.

Entry forms may be downloaded at or pick up one at the information desk at the Durango Arts Center.

For more information, call Mary Puller, exhibits director, or email

New season set for thespian troupe

Season tickets are on sale for the 2012-2013 season of Imaginary Friends, a collaboration of Merely Players and the Durango Performing Arts Company. The season will open July 26 with Merely Players’ “Brilliant Traces” at the Back Space Theatre.

In October, the Durango Performing Arts Company will present the musical “Sleepy Hollow.” The November show will be Merely Players’ production of Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-award winning “Metamorphoses” in the swimming pool at Mountain Shadows Inn.

In March, Merely Players and the Durango Arts Center will present a contemporary drama yet to be determined.

The season will conclude in May with Merely Players’ and DPAC’s joint production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on the Diane Panelli Stage at the Durango Arts Center.

To have a brochure mailed to you, call Susan at 799-4044 or visit

Firefighters can see ‘Beehive’ for free

The Durango Arts Center is offering all firefighters and a guest to a performance of “Beehive, the ’60s Musical” for free. The invitation is good for any performance night (8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 1).

Firefighters are invited to call 259-2606, ext. 32 or email to reserve tickets.

Durango Indie Authors to meet Wednesday

The Durango Indie Authors will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Pine River Valley Bank, 1701 Main Ave. This is an open discussion session. Guests are welcome.

Attendees are asked to park outside the bank’s parking lot.

For more information, call Pam Young at 403-3591.

Lost Dog party to benefit lost dogs

The Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, 1150 Main Ave., will host Annie’s Orphans’ sixth annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission of $10 includes a barbecue dinner and a first glass of beer or wine. Additional drink tickets and desserts will be available for purchase, and live music will be provided by The Assortment.

Annie’s Orphans is a nonprofit, no-kill dog shelter and adoption service.

For more information, call 247-3174 or visit

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