Arts Briefs for Jan. 31

FLC Theatre Department to hold play fundraiser

Playwright Danny Mitarotondo’s work commissioned especially for Fort Lewis College Theatre, “Sun and Room,” has been invited to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Los Angeles. Only nine shows have been selected to participate at this level.

FLC Theatre will present a one-night-only full-dress-rehearsal performance of “Sun and Room” as a fundraiser for the Theatre Department.

Attendees will be treated to a champagne and dessert reception on stage after the performance with the cast and crew. Dr. Kathryn Moller and guest artist, world-renowned performance artist Tim Miller, will be on hand to speak about their work in a showcase forum.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Mainstage in the FLC Theatre building. Tickets cost $50 and are available by phone at 247-7657, online at or at the Welcome Center at Eighth Street and Main Avenue.

Rachlin to display at downtown gallery

Howard Rachlin, a noted Durango nature photographer, will display his extensive show “Visions of the West” through February at the Substratum Fine Art Photography Gallery, 1021½ Main. Ave.

The opening night reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday with live music provided by local musician Lee Bartley.

For more information, call 375-7877, email or visit

Durango film festival seeking volunteers

Durango Film – An Independent Festival needs theater volunteers for the Feb. 26-March 2 event.

New volunteers must attend one of four mandatory training dates offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15 or 22; or from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 or 17 at the DAC dance studio. Volunteers will receive a movie punch pass and other benefits.

To register, apply online at

Equine artist seeking horses for art project

Equine artist Karen Brenner is accepting nominations for her newest series of paintings, “Beautiful Horses of Colorado.”

This will be the 10th state to be featured in a series that eventually could include all 50 states.

Brenner will travel to Colorado this summer to photograph the horses selected for the project. As the paintings are completed, they will be posted in a special section of the Horse Paintings by Karen Brenner website.

Complete the online form at to nominate a horse. Or to enter by mail, send the following information: description of why the horse should be included in the project (300 words or less); horse’s name, breed, age, color and gender; owner’s name, address (and address for horse if different), email and phone. Include the nominator’s name and contact information, if different than owner. Mail this information to: Karen Brenner, 3613 Triway Lane, Wooster, OH 44691.

Judith Reynolds to present art history series

Durango Arts Center will present “Art as a Matter of Life or Death,” an introductory art history series taught by Judith Reynolds, art historian, critic and adjunct professor of art at Fort Lewis College.

There is a free opening session, “The Guardians of Art,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. The six-part course costs $60 for DAC members and $75 for nonmembers or $15 for drop-in.

The six subsequent one-hour presentations will be followed by 30-minute discussions.

The lecture lineup:

Feb. 20 – Life and Death: Prehistoric and Ancient Art

Feb. 27 – Power and Status: Political Art from Babylon to Rome.

March 6 – Beauty and Perfection: Art of the Renaissance.

March 13 – Taste: The table, landscape, and portrait in Baroque Art.

March 20 – Personal expression: Romanticism and Realism.

March 27 – Exploration: Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

For more information, visit the Durango Arts Center at 802 East Second Ave., online at or call 259-2606.

Open Shutter seeks entries for photo exhibit

Open Shutter Gallery’s annual Community Exhibit theme is “The Backyard: Taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.” The gallery is encouraging submissions that represent an innovative approach to photography: based on the theme with a creative use of depth of field, composition, lighting, unique interpretation of the environment, etc.

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday through Feb. 17. The show will run from March 7 to April 9.

Visit for details and an application.

Arts Center to host Valentine’s market

The Durango Arts Center will host a Valentine Artist Market from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12-14. This Valentine’s-inspired artist marketplace will provide gifts of art for the sweet holiday.

DAC will offer champagne ($3 a flute), gourmet appetizers and a selection of chocolates to sweeten the shopping pleasure.

DAC also is accepting artists for this marketplace exhibit. There is a one-time fee of $100 with no commission taken. Artists need to be self-sufficient in receiving payment for their sales. Contact Mary Puller at if you are interested.

For more information, visit

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