Arts Briefs

Animas Museum to hold members-only display

The La Plata County Historical Society will hold an open house at the Animas Museum, 3065 West Second Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be a special mini-exhibit of items not previously shown to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is for members and their guests only, but the public is welcome to attend and join at the door. For more information, call 259-2402.

Comments welcome on proposals for public art

Three artist groups of students from Durango High School have been selected to present a proposal for an original three-dimensional sculpture to be installed in the botanical garden behind the Durango Public Library. The installation is part of the city’s Youth Art-on-Loan program, which provides a dedicated place for Durango area teens to showcase their artistic talents.

The community may view and comment on each of the proposals at a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Eolus Room at the Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. The final selected art pieces will be installed in May, replacing the existing youth Art-on-Loan sculpture “Desert Water Tower,” by Animas High School student Keagan Felker.

For more information, contact Sherri Dugdale at or 375-5002.

Free photo seminar to focus on ‘seeing’ subjects

Durango photographer Howard Rachlin will present a free seminar titled “The Art of Seeing” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. Rachlin will discuss how to improve and enhance your ability to “see” photos that others usually miss.

For more information, contact Howard at 375-7877 or

Native artists sought for leadership program

The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum is looking for six contemporary and traditional Native American artists from the Four Corners to participate in the Art Leadership Program. This program aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence and to enable artists to think more broadly about themselves and their art while perpetuating indigenous cultures and reflecting artistic diversity. This is a grant project in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian Institution. Selected artists will work with the museum staff and conduct research at local museums, present art talks, receive professional management training and lead a youth public art project. Applicants should be well-qualified to research Native American objects in museum and other collections, document their work and network at the local institutional level. The application deadline is March 31. Call Nathan Strong Elk at 563-0100 ext. 3607 or email for more information and an application.

Herald Staff