Arts Briefs

Artists invited for Sacred Arts Festival

The seventh annual Sacred Arts Festival, with events in September and October, seeks original poetry, art, crafts, photography and original songs and compositions expressing the sacred, representing any faith tradition.

The festival is hosted by 3rd Ave. Arts. It will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 East Third Ave.

The submission deadline for poetry and music is Sept. 7; artwork drop-off/deadline for receipt of shipped artwork is Sept. 24.

Entry forms are available online at, at St. Mark’s Church or by calling 247-1129, ext. 10 or 14.

Donate instruments to students in need

The Durango Instrumental Music Booster Club will hold an instrument drive from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Durango High School parking lot. The club is a newly formed nonprofit 501(3)c organization formed to assist in funding and support for all students enrolled in Durango High School’s instrumental music programs, which include marching band, jazz band, concert band, pep band, symphonic orchestra and chamber strings.

Katharine Reed is director of these band programs, which are growing. However, there is a shortage of instruments and attire for students. Donors will be supplied with a tax-deductible receipt.

For more information, email

Filmmakers seek lead for New Mexico movie

“Out of Time,” a movie set to film in New Mexico this month and in September, is looking to cast an older Native American woman in the lead.

The part is: “Mabel” a traditional Hopi grandmother in her mid-70s (65 to 80) who lives alone. She carves old-style Hopi kachina dolls for the tourist market, tends to her corn crop, which is beginning to fail because of drought, and communicates with UFOs. She moves and sings in a timeless rhythm in which all life is sacred. She appears reserved, yet is hopeful.

Women interested in the part do not need previous experience in a film.

Email Kathryn Brink at or call (505) 266-6211.Include a headshot or photo, plus résumé, or attach all contact information.

Free pottery classes to be offered to kids

Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center will offer free pottery classes for kids from 10 a.m. to noon daily Monday through Aug. 11.

Classes are limited to 10 students per day, and each student may only take one class. Parents are welcome.

The center is located at 755 Goddard Ave. in Ignacio.

To register or for more information, call 563-4600 or visit

Cortez photos sought for interactive exhibit

The Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St., and the Cortez Heart and Soul Project are seeking cellphone or toy camera photos for “Cortez: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” It will be an interactive art show that represents what you love or wish was different about Cortez.

Visit or for submission guidelines and dates, or call Nina Williams at 565-7320, ext. 3317.

Exhibit will feature photo processes

Open Shutter Gallery will host “Altered,” a juried photography exhibition for those working in alternative and antique processes.

The show will be held October 5-31 in the gallery’s Red Room. Cash and photography-related awards will be given. The show will be juried by Mark Sink.

The entry fee is $25 for the first three images, $5 for each additional, with unlimited entries.

For a prospectus, email or download it from

Library to show movie ‘Ride the Divide’

In honor of being the host city for the overall start of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the Durango Public Library will screen “Ride the Divide” at 6 p.m. Monday.

The award-winning feature film documents the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film showcases mountain beauty and small-town culture as its three main characters pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small crossing on the Mexican border. This film is not rated; run time is 80 minutes.

For more information, visit or

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