The kids are off the streets again until next summer, the NFL has kicked off and its time once again for Fall Gallery Walk. All is right in the world, or at least here in Durango.
The biannual showcase of the Durango Gallery Associations members also will kick off the second annual Durango Showcase of the Arts, an umbrella campaign with a two-week calendar of events and exhibitions.
Gallery Walk will get under way at 5 p.m. today and galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. with special events and featured artists to entertain the crowds. Other nonmember venues, including the Rochester Hotel and Eno, also have events planned to take advantage of the substantial foot traffic.
A sampling of what to expect tonight for the Fall Gallery Walk:
Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts will feature a performance by the Fort Lewis College Percussion Band as well as new works by Gabaldon.
Peter Ray James will open his first major show in a decade at Toh-Atin Gallery. Known among his Navajo people as Nahata Yilth Yil Wood One Who Delivers the Message, his celebrity collectors include Ted Danson and Jon Bon Jovi among many others. Hell be joined by Navajo wire jeweler and flute maker Travis Jensen, a graduate of Fort Lewis College.
Studio & will feature new works by each of its five member artists; Shay Lopez, Tess Corrinne Jordan, Tim Kapustka, Aubrey Merolanne (make it a point to see her Alice in Wonderland zombie drawings theyre fantastic) and Sarah Steppelman Mason. Visitors to & tonight also will be the first to see the expanded space; the artists took over the back room at 1027 Main Ave., and opening the door makes the studio and gallery 20 percent bigger.
Glen Crandall will display his unique craft at Sorrel Sky Gallery. Crandall uses segmented wood turning to create bowls and vases that are photographic replicas of historic and prehistoric Puebloan artifacts. Dont expect a make while you wait session, however; it typically takes Crandall about 40 to 60 hours to make one of his works of art.
The Earthen Vessel stretches the meaning of vessel but stays true to the Earth for Gallery Walk. The Ninth Street gallery will display a collection of sculptural clay animals by local artists Jack Blaisdell, Donna Rowe and Valerie Schwiderski.
Theres a lot happening on the walls of the Open Shutter Gallery. World-renowned photographer Steve McCurry will be at the gallery to announce the winners of the recent Exposure exhibition, for which he was juror, and hell also unveil a new array of photos from his upcoming exhibition Iconic Images. The exhibit includes photographs taken by McCurry with the final roll of Kodachrome film ever made. Also, an opening reception for Heather Leavitt Martinezs Toyed With exhibit will be held during Gallery Walk at the Open Shutter. The exhibit is comprised of photographs taken with toy cameras and printed using alternative processes.
Diane West will have a full gallery of her artists work on display at Diane West Jewelry & Art, and several of the artists will be in attendance for Gallery Walk. Painters Krista Harris and Joan Levine Russell and jewelers Tai Vautier, Susan Ruggera and Pat Hartman will greet visitors and discuss their work.
Finally, the Durango Arts Center will host opening receptions for two new exhibits and one new business. In the Barbara Conrad Gallery its Open Doors, a taster exhibit for next months Durango Open Studios tour. Each participating artist in the tour submitted one piece for the taster exhibit. And upstairs in the Art Library, its Hands On II, a group show featuring works by students in past workshops presented by the Friends of the Art Library. And if that werent enough, local photographers Kathy Myrick and Linda Pampinella will hold an opening party for their new studio and shop, The Fifth Corner Photo Gallery, which is located upstairs next door to the Art Library.