Arts Briefs for Aug. 24

Showcase of the Arts to be held in the fall

The 2012 Durango Showcase of the Arts will be held Sept. 14 through Oct. 7. If you are holding a special event, exhibit or performance, open studio or any other artistic event that you would like to promote, you can post it on the Showcase’s website Click on “Event List” at the top of the home page, then “Contact/Feedback” and enter your information. For more information or help, email Howard Rachlin at

Artists sought for Mancos festival

The Mancos Valley Art Council is seeking artists and craftsmen for the annual Mancos Valley/Mesa Verde Country Balloon and Art Festival. The Art Festival will take place Sept. 29 on Grand Avenue in Mancos.

Booths (10 feet-by-10 feet) cost $45. Setup will befrom 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to receive an application, call 533-7434 or email

All artists invited for Pagosa exhibition

Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts in Pagosa Springs invites all artists in any and all media to submit work for “The ART of it ALL: An All Media National Juried Exhibition,” which will be held Oct. 20 through Nov. 25. The deadline to submit entries is Sept. 15.

This exhibition is open to all artists and craftsman 18 or older. Art must be original and created by the person who submits the work. All submissions must have been completed within the last three years. Submitted artwork may include: collage, digital, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing, photography, assemblage, installation, ceramics, fiber, film and video. It may also include smaller-scale art objects such as jewelry and watches, ceramics, boxes, knives, baskets and glass, among others.

Online submissions may be made at or by mail to P.O. Box 5887, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Miniatures club to meet in Mancos

The Four Corners Miniatures Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. The club will make “wrong way witches” using polymer clay, fabric and assorted trims. When completed, the witch can be added to a haunted house or displayed separately for Halloween. All materials will be provided by club members. Please bring a brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided.

For information or directions, call Marilyn at 259-9401 or visit

Ignacio to host grand reopening today

Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center, formerly Dancing Spirit Co-op Gallery, will hold a grand reopening and invitational art show from 6 to 9 p.m. today at 755 Goddard Ave. in Ignacio.

Featured artists will include Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Denny Finn, Joe Toledo, Rebecca Koeppen, Larry Siebel, Lois Burbach and Marikay Shellman. The show will remain on display through Sept. 9.

For more information, call 563-4600 or email

Auditions to be held for ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Durango Arts Center will hold auditions for Jacqueline Goldfinger’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 in the DAC theater.

Actors ages 16 to 70 are invited to audition; two children also are needed. No preparation or experience is necessary. Performances will be Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15. Rehearsals will be over a four-week period starting in early November.

For more information, call Theresa at 259-2606.

Quilt exhibit enters final weekend

“Quilts: Where History Meets Art,” an exhibit of heritage quilts at the Animas Museum, will close Saturday.

The delicate textiles will soon be returned to storage to help preserve their vibrant colors. A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to provide a final opportunity to see these works of art and learn the stories of La Plata County history that they tell.

Refreshments will be served and there will be a special showing of a quilt from 1904 that recently arrived at the museum. The museum is located at 3065 West Second Ave. For more information, call 259-2402.

Herald Staff