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KDUR hosts Furniture as Art

Artist Chris Haas has donated artwork to this year’s Furniture as Art fundraiser for KDUR. (Courtesy of Bryant Liggett)
Annual event a fundraiser for radio station

Your home décor can use some sprucing up.

Lucky for you, KDUR, the Fort Lewis College community radio station, can help when it hosts its annual Furniture As Art fundraiser Friday night in the Ballroom in the Student Union at FLC.

If you go

WHAT: KDUR’s Furniture as Art Auction.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday. Auction item preview 6-7 p.m., auction kicks off at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Student Union Ballroom, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive.

TICKETS: $40, includes three drinks and an array of appetizers and desserts.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.kdur.org/events/furniture-as-art.

Note: Tickets may be sold out – email liggett_b@fortlewis.edu for more information.

As in years past, this crop of pieces – that are featured in live and silent auctions – is about as eclectic as it gets, said KDUR Station Manager Bryant Liggett. Be on the lookout for a table made out of repurposed floorboards, courtesy of John Ford, and a bar made out of an old piano by Jonas Grushkin.

“There’s truly some objects that were made that are keeping things out of the landfill, which is kind of what this thing should do,” Liggett said. “It’s trash to treasure. And that’s how it started, where people would go through the spring cleanup stuff.”

This year, there are 20 pieces that will be up for grabs in the live auction and another eight in the silent auction, Liggett said.

Artist Janet Kenna has donated artwork to this year’s Furniture as Art fundraiser for KDUR. (Courtesy of Bryant Liggett)

The fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. at FLC. The first hour is a cocktail/social hour, he said, adding that the ticket price gets patrons three drinks, heavy appetizers and dessert.

And for those who do imbibe, the Buzz Bus will be on hand to bring attendees downtown.

After attendees have spent the first hour checking out what’s available and meeting the contributing artists, it’s time to get down to business: The live auction will kick off at 7:15 p.m.

People should note, Liggett said, that this event probably will sell out. If people still haven’t gotten their tickets, it’s advised they email him at liggett_b@fortlewis.edu for more information.

Artist Monica Vick has made a bookcase for this year’s Furniture as Art fundraiser. (Courtesy of Monica Vick)

While Furniture as Art is always a good time, there’s a bigger purpose – it’s one of the radio station’s biggest fundraisers of the year. And, Liggett said, it’s also a fun community event and illustrates the close ties the station has with the arts community in Durango.

Durango artist Miki Harder has donated a stool to this year’s fundraiser. (Courtesy of Bryant Liggett)

“I think it’s important because it makes KDUR a little bit of money. That just ensures that will continue to be around for another 50 years,” he said. “But it also showcases our relationship with the arts community. We’ve got the show the ‘Four Corners Arts Forum,’ that’s a talk show that talks to the artists and local people that make life better through their art. So this is kind of like our partnership with the arts community. They make stuff and are generous enough to donate it and then we’re able to raise money off of it so that we can continue to operate.”

Plus, if you’re lucky enough to grab something, you can be pretty sure no one else will have anything even close to it.

A drawing by artist Tom Kipp will be available in the silent auction. (Courtesy of Bryant Liggett)

“It’s all for good cause and all of this furniture is all one of a kind,” Liggett said. “It’s not like you’re going to go down to IKEA and buy something like this.”


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