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Cheryl Berglund and Steven Langford browse Friday. At center is Ron Martin’s 3rd place–winning photograph “Winter Stillness on the Animas.”

By Ted Holteen Herald staff writer

The Durango Arts Center unveiled the first two exhibits of 2013 on Friday night.

Works by more than 50 artists from the Southwest are displayed in the Barbara Conrad Gallery for the annual Four Corners Commission. The paintings depict the life, landscape, culture and heritage of the Four Corners and jurors Patrice Brown and Cindy McNealy from San Juan College in Farmington chose the winning entries:

Best of Show: Rebecca Koeppen, “The San Juans in Winter,” pastel.

2nd Place: Jan Heyl, “Awaiting the Harvest,” pastel.

3rd Place: Ron Martin, Winter Stillness on the Animas,” photograph.

Honorable Mention: Karl Brenner, “Backlit Aspens,” oil; Susan Reed, “Western Winter,” acrylic.

Durango Chamber of Commerce “Reflections of Durango” Award: Sharon Mantor, “Along the River Bank,” oil.

Upstairs in the DAC Art Library is collage by Pagosa Springs artist Cecil Touchon and select works from the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. Touchon is a contemporary artist, painter, published poet and theorist and co-founder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group. She also is director of the group’s Ontological Museum, founder of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction and founder of the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists.

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