The authors of two books about art and art history will make appearances in town this week.
On Wednesday, Mark Winter will speak at Toh-Atin Gallery and introduce his new book, The Master Weavers. Its an impressive tome at nearly 600 pages and 7 pounds. Inside is a history of Navajo weaving in the Four Corners, specifically in the Two Grey Hills/Toadlena area. Winter has a long history with Toh-Atin owner Jackson Clark, with whom he amassed The Durango Collection of textiles now on display at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
He later bought the Toadlena Trading Post and restored it as a museum for area weavers.
For some lighter reading, literally anyway, visit the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College on Thursday where Frederic Wildfang and Nik Kendziorski will speak and sign copies of their new Arcadia Publishing release, Postcard History Series: Durango.
The Postcard History Series is a compilation of historic postcards culled by Kendziorski from the collection donated to the center by Nina Heald Webber and put into historical context by Wildfang. Its Wildfangs seventh book published by Arcadia, the South Carolina house that specializes in regional history books.
In addition to more than 200 images, the book also includes a history of how these postcards came to replace the long hand-written letters common in the Victorian era as a communications medium.