Breaking into the business of art can be a daunting task even for the most talented of artists. And if you happen to be
young and unconnected, the odds get even longer for finding commercial success.
To break that trend, Durango Youth Coalition founder Riley Neugebauer created the DYC Dawdle last year. More than 60
heretofore unknown artists put their works up for sale at six downtown venues, and even though Neugebauer since has
left town for the East Coast, the Dawdle is back and bigger for 2010.
The number of venues has increased to 10, and co-coordinator Noah Leggett said he expects at least the same number of
artists and maybe more.
The Dawdle is a loose confederation and doesn't pay much attention to exact numbers, but Leggett said he anticipates
that artists will be bringing works to the Dawdle's hub at ARTiculation on Second Avenue almost until show time. For a
group with not much experience in putting on art shows, the disorganization is part of the Dawdle's charm.
It's about being included into the community instead of pushed aside. We're putting the spotlight on everybody, but
it's mainly word of mouth among friends and friends' friends," Leggett said.
It's not confined to youth, just artists who aren't represented in galleries and shows. We're behind closed doors most
of the time, but we're also making art all of the time," he said.
The Dawdle is more than just an art sale, and downtown Durango will be awash with a carnival-like atmosphere Thursday.
In addition to an indescribable range of two- and three-dimensional art, there will be street performers of all ilk -
jugglers, dancers, twirlers (maybe with fire?), hoopsters and skateboarders are some of what you'll be dodging with
your car or bike, so take care out there.
Maps of the participating venues will be available at each venue, but plan to start and finish at the Lost Dog Bar
& Lounge, which is the clearing house and information hub for the Dawdle.
There also will be raffle tickets for sale ($3 each or two for $5 if you get a hand stamp at all 10 venues) with prizes
donated by local businesses.
Proceeds from those ticket sales will go directly to the DYC, which will be moving permanently into the ARTiculation
building June 1.
The tickets are the DYC's only source of fundraising income from the Dawdle as there is no entry fee and no commissions
are charged for sold works. Liz Nelson, another of the event's myriad co-coordinators, said to do otherwise is counter
to the inclusionary mission of the Dawdle.
Nelson recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in sociology and human services and will be one of the
most regularly visible faces at ARTiculation when the DYC moves in. She'll also have a mixed-media piece of her own
entered in the show.
I wanted to get involved and promote a real art scene, but I knew what we didn't need, and that's another nonprofit,"
So I got involved in the DYC, and when Riley left, a lot of this came to me because I have the time to do it now that
I've graduated. We've been meeting every week, and now we just have to put on the show."