Arts Briefs for Sept. 7

Nursery to offer free photo class

Robert Bridges will teach a free Flower and Garden Photography Class at 10 a.m. Saturday at Durango Nursery and Supply, 271 Kay Cee Lane.

The class will explore the world of close-up photography, and students will learn how to take intimate photos of flowers and landscapes. Bring your own camera.

For more information, call 259-8800.

Ignacio center to hold events this fall

Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center will offer several classes and special events for the fall. The center is located at 755 Goddard Ave. in Ignacio.

Trisha Dolan will offer private readings from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday ($40 for 30 minutes and $70 for a full hour). After the readings, she will present “Hello Again from the Other Side” at 6:30 p.m. ($20). Experience the opening of the door to the “other side” in messages you receive from departed friends and loved ones. Do they just want to let you know that they are around you, that they are OK?

Free Pottery Classes for Kids (parents welcome) will be held from Sept. 15 to 22. The class is taught by Kasey Correia and is for ages 4 and older.

The Dogs & Dolls Show opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. The show will feature Art Center artists Jan Dotson and Doug Pfliger with visiting artist Holy Lewis. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 14.

For more information, call 563-4600.

African dance troupe to give clinic before show

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will host a free dance and drumming clinic at 7 p.m. Monday. The Saakumu Dance Troupe, which is dedicated to introducing audiences to African music and dance, will provide instruction to any interested community members.

The troupe is among the leading traditional/contemporary music and dance groups of Ghana in West Africa. The repertoire spans genres from spiritual, ceremonial and recreational to contemporary African dance forms.

Saakumu Dance Troupe will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the concert hall.

Tickets and more information are available at

Arts festival to feature more than 80 exhibitors

The Durango Arts Center will present the 18th annual juried fine arts and crafts festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23. on East Second Avenue.

The Durango Autumn Arts Festival will feature 80 artisans from around the country, exhibiting works in various media including painting, sculpture, fused and blown glass, pastels, photography, jewelry, fiber art, two- and three-dimensional mixed media, drawing and ceramics. Live music will be provided by Pete Giuliani, Jill Holly and Alicia Whiteman in Porquoi Pas.

For more information, visit or “Like” the event on Facebook.

Herald Staff