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Durango Public Library wants to show your art

Spenser Snarr, adult services librarian at Durango Public Library, looks at a weaving by Hannah Gill and a quilt made by Darlene Robertson from her husband’s T-shirts Wednesday in a program room at the library. Several local artists are displaying their work on the walls of the library. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
‘It’s a good way to kind of get yourself out there’

Local artists, Durango Public Library wants to display your work – even if you’ve never exhibited before, or even thought you could.

Spenser Snarr, adult services librarian, said artists need not be professionals to show their work. In fact, exhibiting at the library is a great way to get people to get exposure.

“I will say what I love about this opportunity is some of these people have never hung anything before and it’s just a good way to kind of get yourself out there and share with the community what you’re doing in a very low-pressure kind of way,” she said.

Getting work up at the library is a fairly easy process, Snarr said. There’s a form artists fill out online, which goes back to her. Exhibiting is free, and artists work with Snarr to schedule a time to bring in and take out their work.

“I like to have artists scheduled for at least a month at a time,” she said, adding that artwork can be displayed in display cases as well and on the walls.

Different types of pieces created by local artists are on display on Wednesday at Durango Public Library. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Currently, the walls of program rooms 1 and 2 belong to eight local women, who are showing everything from paintings to photography to quilting and sculpture and weaving.

For more information

There will be an open house for the artists currently exhibiting their work at Durango Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Interested in showing your work? Check out the policy for who/what can hang at the library: https://bit.ly/3rCYTZP. And see the exhibit form here: https://bit.ly/3GOczYu.

For more information, call 375-3380 or email spenser.snarr@durangogov.org.

“It’s definitely an eclectic group. There wasn’t really any theme. ... I got a lot of different responses from a lot of different types of artists,” Snarr said. “This time, we have quilters, we have painters, we have photographers, all different types of mediums, and it’s just really cool in there.”

Artists displaying their work in this exhibit are: Trinity Brody, Chole Field, Cari Flocchini, Hannah Gill, Cy Rinkel, Darlene Robertson, Laurel Thompson and Kayleigh Weir.

The show will be up through February. There will also be a display of underwater photography by Emily Ciszek.

“The art that’s in the program rooms will be staying through February, so we’ll have some great women artists to come and look at,” Snarr said. “In March for Women’s History Month, we’ve got the Women’s Resource Center coming to set up photographs of women on the front lines throughout the pandemic to celebrate that.”

A painting by local artist Kayleigh Weir is on display on Wednesday at Durango Public Library. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

And for Snarr, giving people a chance to show what they’re passionate about is not only a way to bring the community together, it’s also a chance to show residents that the library is more than a quiet place that houses books.

“We are a community space, and I think this is one of the many ways that we try to connect people to each other, and to ideas and information,” she said. “I think it’s a nontraditional way for people to see the library as working for them and their interest – we’re not just books on a shelf; this is an opportunity to display art and celebrate art in the community, and I think the library is the perfect place to do that.”


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