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KDUR hosts Furniture as Art

KDUR’s Furniture as Art fundraiser will be held Thursday at Fort Lewis College. One of the pieces featured is a stained-glass guitar by Janet Kenna. (Courtesy)
Fundraising auction back in person at Fort Lewis College

It’s no exaggeration when we say that Durango’s art scene is the coolest. And no where is this more evident than the stuff that turns up every year in KDUR’s Furniture as Art fundraiser.

This year is no exception, as evidenced by pieces including a table that has a demon/dragon imprisoned in it and a rocking chair made out of an old van seat.

Tom Joyner made a rocking chair out of an old van seat. (Courtesy)

For more than two decades, the Fort Lewis College radio station has put out the call to local artists to come up with pieces of furniture that are auctioned off, with proceeds going to the station. This time around, the auction will be held Thursday (June 1) in the Student Union Ballroom at Fort Lewis College. It’s also the first time the fundraiser has been held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic – Furniture as Art was held online the last couple of years.

If you go

What: Furniture as Art Auction supporting KDUR. With music by Eli Emitt.

When: 6 p.m. June 1.

Where: Ballroom in the Student Union at Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive.

Tickets: $30, include drinks and heavy appetizers.

More information: Visit https://tinyurl.com/55na9yjz.

KDUR Station Manager Bryant Liggett said that while the online events have been beneficial, there’s nothing like an in-person party, which this year offers up drinks, appetizers and live music.

John Ford’s table will be up for auction. (Courtesy)

“It is nice that it’s returning to business as usual because with Calvin Story from Treasure Auction, and people eating food and having drinks and music, and seeing all this stuff in person, that’s the way it should happen,” he said, adding that this fundraiser features 20 artists in the live auction and another 10 to 12 in a silent auction.

Some of this year’s artists include: Ilze Aviks, Mike Brieger, Elizabeth Calagias, counterKULTURE, John Ford, Deb Greenblatt and Ed Bolster, Jonas Grushkin, Tom Hahl, Miki Harder, Tony Holmquist, Janet Kenna, Tom Kipp, Jack Leggett, Noah Leggett, Emily Lloyd/Violet Mae Upholstery, Maureen May, Jeff McGarvin, Ted Moore, Bryan Saren, Noah Stotz, Becky Turner, Amy Vaclav, Monica Vick and Eric Way. There will also be items donated by The Boarding Haus and KDUR.

Jonas Grushkin is participating in Furniture as Art this year. (Courtesy)

Liggett said finding artists to donate pieces is never a problem.

“They’re really into it and they value KDUR,” he said. “Every year, it’s like, ‘Wow, look what you made.’ This is a trip; it’s just this walk down this weird creative lane ... it’s really funky stuff.”


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