SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald
SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald
September is still in the single-digit phase, which means the First Thursday is near.
Once a month, a loose coalition of local galleries keeps the lights on and displays some extra eye candy to keeps people in town a bit longer. Those who hang out Thursday will be treated to creations of photography, ceramics and other visual treats.
Toh-Atin Gallery will host a talk (5:30 p.m.) by Navajo folk artist Leland Holiday. The twist is that Holiday, who gained fame with exhibits at the Wheelright Museum Of the American Indian, the Autry National Center and other nationally renowned venues, no longer does folk art. Instead he now focuses on painting, but his stories of life in the folk-art world are worth the trip back in time.
The Rochester Hotel will host the “Fifth Corner Road Show.” Photographers Linda Pampinella and Kathy Myrick will show a few samples from their Durango Arts Center gallery for a monthlong exhibit.
Across the street, ENO wine bar will host an appearance by popular local painter Paul Folwell. There are two aspects that make this a special occasion. First, Folwell rarely, if ever, shows his work publicly in his hometown, so to see so many in one place is a break from the norm. Secondly, several of the pieces are of bicyclists, a new subject matter for Folwell who gained fame for his landscapes and portraits of skiers, musicians and dancers.
“They go by my house every day, and they’re really colorful – I got jazzed about it,” Folwell said of his artistic foray into the cycling world. And why did a man who usually does only private showings in his Animas Valley studio or travels to national shows decide to change things up? “I really like it there, love the space and the lighting – I mean, what a great thing to do, go have a cup of coffee or some wine and look at art?”
Gallery 530 (530 Main Ave.) features its regular “Plastography” exhibit by Jo Ellen Bourg and Mary Kenez as well as works by Manny Valenzuela, Caitlin Connaughton and Kay Harper Roberts.
Sorrel Sky Gallery will highlight two recent additions to the gallery. Tony Newlin is the first photographer to be represented in Sorrel Sky’s 11-year history. Newlin’s landscapes are printed on large framed canvases – the largest is a whopping 85 inches wide – which give them the appearance of paintings. Also new at Sorrel Sky is jewelry by GURHAN. The Turkish craftsman was one of the first to work with 24-carat gold, which he hammers about 1,000 times per square inch to create leaf-thin accents set against stones such as turquoise, chalcedony, emeralds, lapis, peridots, rubies and pearls. A long line of celebrities have worn his jewelry and it was a small coup for Sorrel Sky owner Shanan Campbell Wells to get permission to sell his wares. “We didn’t interview him; he interviewed us,” Wells said. Robby Overfield will play solo guitar during First Thursday at Sorrel Sky.
DAC usually opens new exhibits Fridays, but the opening reception for Alicia McKim’s “Feeble Points of Reference” will be held at 5-7 p.m. Thursday instead in the upstairs art library. McKim is a book artist whose handmade books combine traditional letterpress and printmaking processes with new and sometimes unorthodox techniques and materials. The exhibit is her interpretation and studio exploration of Ferdinand de Saussure’s principles of linguistics. McKim also is an assistant professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver.
Local artist Fiona Clarke will be on hand at Earthen Vessel Gallery. She starts with compressed flat slabs of clay to create boxes and baskets, which she then alters by applying textures and mixed-media components to create unique and contemporary designs.