Arts Briefs for Aug. 10

New exhibit examines water issues

“Water in the West” is the 2012 Members’ Exhibit at the Durango Arts Center. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today with an introduction at 6 p.m. by Denise Rue-Pastin and Laurie Williams from Engineers without Borders.

All DAC member artists were invited to enter one piece of artwork in any medium except video in this themed, nonjuried annual exhibit. Cash prizes will be awarded by the executive director of the Durango Arts Center, the DAC board president and the president of the Durango Friends of the Arts.

The exhibit will include a series of special events. Artist Veryl Goodnight will present “The Great American West – From Drought to Deluge,” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A resident of Mancos, Goodnight derives her inspiration from the dramatic landscape, abundant wildlife and the ranching community of southwestern Colorado. She will also have examples of her work for the public to see at the presentation and for a week in the Barbara Conrad Gallery for a week after the program.

For more information, call 259-2606 or visit

Workshop will focus on memory

The Durango Arts Center will present “Interpreting Memory: Exploring Family and Culture through Artists’ Books,” a workshop by Alicia McKim, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9. The deadline to register is Aug. 17.

The cost is $125 for DAC members plus a $25 materials fee ($150 for non-members.)

In this workshop, students will investigate their own perceptions of family and culture as they generate concepts for an artist’s book through reading, group exercises and viewing historical and contemporary book work.

Each participant will create his or her own book through a guided exploration that incorporates book design, narrative and techniques for reproducing word and image. Students will work with a modified version of the Secret Belgium Binding, which lends itself to the integration of small objects, text and images. McKim’s exhibit, “Feeble Points of Reference,” will be on display in the Art Library during September and October.

For more information or to register, call Pegi Peterson at 385-8641.

Adaptive Sports needs a new van

Adaptive Sports Association will hold “Big Red’s Retirement Party” at 5 p.m. Sunday at Edgemont Picnic Grounds on County Road 240.

The van logged more than 130,000 miles and the nonprofit organization will raise funds to purchase a new van.

ASA provides outdoor recreational experiences to people with disabilities. Ralph Dinosaur and his band will provide dance music for the evening and there will be brats and slaw with beer and other beverages. Big Red will be there to receive farewells and donations for his replacement. Tickets cost $30.

Call or email ASA for reservations at 259-0374 or or use Paypal at

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