It won't be Durango's biggest Gallery Walk tonight, thanks to a local and national economy that's wreaked havoc on the
arts and art galleries in particular, but those who have weathered the storm will put on a great show for the annual
spring version nonetheless.
Just a few short years ago, a Durango gallery walk meant trying to make as many as 20 stops in four hours, which
didn't leave much time to actually see everything, let alone have a glass of wine or two at each.
The 2010 edition of the Spring Gallery Walk is more compact, with just nine participants: Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, Sorrel Sky, Toh-Atin, Earthen Vessel, Azul, &, Rain Dance, Open Shutter and the Durango Arts Center. But this is
truly a case where less is more because there's a reason these galleries still are alive and well - they're great
galleries with great artists.
Some highlights of what to look for, keeping in mind that this is a partial list:
Rain Dance will showcase the paintings of Leslie Talmon, who has lived in Durango for almost 20 years but is a
relative newcomer on the arts scene. Much of what will be on display tonight was inspired by her travels in Mexico.
"We like color in this gallery, and what she did with color and light is just amazing," said Rain Dance owner Lori
Earthen Vessel has a display that's just plain fun and perfect for the spring into summer seasons. The gallery's
theme for Gallery Walk is "Birds in Paradise," featuring avian artworks from Anthony Stoneware, Bowen Pottery and
Daval Studios. Arrive early if you want to see the whole spread because the collection of quirky ceramic birdhouses
in particular should get snatched up quickly.
Comanche painter Nocona Burgess is the star of the show at Sorrel Sky. Burgess' paintings are a well-executed
blending of the traditional and modern.
"I liked the idea of modern Indians; after all, that's who I am. I loved the old style, but it seemed so distant to
me. To this day I enjoy painting old portraits and traditional subjects, but in my own style," Burgess writes in his
Not every stop will have a featured artist specific for Gallery Walk, but each, like Azul and Toh-Atin, still will be
in full festive mode with catered spreads and some good deals to be found.
Open Shutter and the DAC already have exhibits in place - the "Life Stills" show at Open Shutter and "Three Degrees
of Abstraction" at the DAC - but also will be jazzed up for the party.
Even if you've already seen "Life Stills," it's worth a return visit because Open Shutter owner Margy Dudley has
one-upped her peers by hosting a "Chocolate Event" starring Silverton Chocolates with live music by Alan Kahler. Try
to remember to look at the photos, because they're really something, too.
Then there's &, which defies description on a normal day but will be even crazier tonight as every member of the
arts collaborative will have his or her work on display: paintings by Tirzah Camacho and Sarah Steppelman, cool
graphic posters by Cabbage Creative entrepreneur Tim Kapustka and photo art by Durango's top picture-taker, McCarson
Jones of Red Scarf Shots (one man's opinion, with all apologies to the Herald's own crack photographic aces.)
Who needs quantity with this kind of quality? Make a leisurely stroll of the Spring Gallery Walk and take the time to
take it all in.