Arts Briefs for Aug. 30

Arts center class to show how to act, draw on the go

Durango Arts Center will offer a TV/Playwriting workshop with visiting instructor Arnold Kane from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

The workshop is for ages 17 and older and costs $36 (10 percent discount for DAC members).

The workshop will explore the importance of humor in playwriting. Students are instructed to come with an idea for a story for instructor-led development for a TV or playwriting script.

Kane is a three-time Emmy award nominee and grand prize winner of DAC’s 10-minute Play Contest for “That’s Amore.” He has produced and written for “Alice,” “One Day at a Time,” “Love American Style,” “Webster” and
“Private Benjamin,” among others.

Register online at

DAC also will offer an adult introductory visual art class called Pocket Sketching from Sept. 16 to 19. The class will consist of four sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

This quick-draw technique allows anyone to journal and sketch or paint wherever they are using only a small art pad, a pen, a small paint set, a brush and a film canister of water.

The cost is $360 for DAC members and $400 for non-members.

For more information, call 259-2606.

Autumn Art Festival seeking volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the 19th annual Durango Autumn Art Festival, which will be held Sept. 21 and 22 on East Second Avenue.

Two-hour shifts are needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers may choose job descriptions and time slots by visiting

For more information, call Deb at 946-9362.

Art auction will benefit Ignacio’s WolfWood Refuge

WolfWood Refuge of Ignacio will hold its second art auction to help raise funds for the care and maintenance of more than 60 rescued animals. The live fine art auction will be held Sept. 13 at Durango Discovery Museum and will feature work by 26 regional artists.

A silent auction also will be held featuring work by more than two dozen artisans.

Founded by Paula and Craig Watson, WolfWood Refuge is home to more than 60 wolves and their wolf-dog cousins. The non-profit organization operates solely to protect these animals and provide them with a safe and happy living environment. The animals are neither bred nor sold and are given medical attention, lots of love and a new lease on life.

“Ambassador” animals will be present at the auction.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at Maria’s Bookshop and online at

Family Day Saturday at Animas Museum

Animas Museum, 3065 West Second Ave., will hold a Family Day on Saturday.

Visitors can drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. to create a hand-stamped book cover and explore the museum with a “Seek & Find” adventure.

Museum admission charges apply, but there is no additional charge for activities. Historical Society members are free.

For more information, call 259-2402 or visit

Fall drum classes to start soon at Durango Drummers

Durango Drummers will offer several classes for the fall season.

An adult beginner Djembe class will be held at 6 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 9. New students will be accepted through the end of the month.

A children’s beginner Djembe class (ages 8-12) will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Wednesday.

Other classes will be held Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Djembe classes cost $12 and Dunun Classes are $10. Drums are available for sale and use.

For schedules and more information, call 403-4150.

Mancos gallery show accepting art entries

The Mancos Town Gallery will host “Masks & Mysteries” from Oct. 8 through Nov. 27. The show is open to all Four Corners artists working in any medium.

The theme is about the autumn darkening of the skies and the coming of the spirit world.

To apply for entry, email Dian Law at Exhibit space is limited, and work must be at the gallery by Oct. 1.

The Town Gallery is located in the Mancos Valley Visitors Center at 103 E. Bauer Ave. (at Boyle Park).

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