Art exhibits contrast two creative stages at FLC and DAC

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Art exhibits contrast two creative stages at FLC and DAC

Artist Louise Grunewald’s show, “My Beloved West,” is currently on exhibit at Durango Arts Center.
“Love” is a woodblock by Deryk Trujillo, which is on exhibit at Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.

Art exhibits contrast two creative stages at FLC and DAC

Artist Louise Grunewald’s show, “My Beloved West,” is currently on exhibit at Durango Arts Center.
“Love” is a woodblock by Deryk Trujillo, which is on exhibit at Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.
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A different direction for DAC Art Library?

“My Beloved West” will be the last exhibit organized for the Durango Arts Center by Friends of the Art Library. Members include: Mary Ellen Long, Deborah Gorton, Barbara Tobin Klema, Leesa Zarinelli Gawlik, Louise Grunewald, Carol Ozaki and remembering the late Jane Steele.
“The FOAL group has elected to end their time at the DAC,” wrote Brenda Macon, executive director of DAC, in an email. No explanation was given, but Macon added: “We appreciate the shows and workshops they have presented to the community and wish them the best.”
In 1998, founding FOAL member Long brought the “Friends” concept to DAC. Since that time, a small circle of volunteers has changed membership only slightly, but throughout its 21-year affiliation with the center, FOAL has organized and curated six exhibits annually by a diverse professional group of local, regional and national artists from varying disciplines.
The DAC Art Library hosted intimate shows of new work. In addition, workshops taught by visiting artists enhanced the program. Kumi Korf, a printmaker based in Ithaca, New York, was among many notable workshop leaders.
Over the years, FOAL has also had a relationship with Fort Lewis College and has featured new works by art faculty members: Chad Colby, Tony Holmquist, Andrea Martens, Susan Moss and Amy Wendland. Last year, Jay Dougan’s experiments with 3D printing were of keen interest. In 2017, FLC and DAC collaborated in staging two concurrent exhibits by conceptualist Pat Hickman.
“Along with the amazing collection of books in the Art Library space, our primary focus has been education, offering viewers unusual forms of art, not always found in a frame,” FOAL member Leesa Gawlik said in a telephone interview. “Although exhibited artwork has sold, we never operated as a commercial gallery. Our workshops were unique, and we’ve offered more than 30 over the years, filling a niche in Durango.”
But a shift in DAC philosophy over the last year presented a conundrum for the FOAL curators. That shift will be made public Jan. 15.
Macon said in a telephone interview that she will announce an entirely new direction for the DAC and for the Art Library.
“We don’t want anyone to take the steam out of our sails now,” Macon said. “We have a new, exciting concept from an external group that will change the DAC. It’s entirely a new model, and it’s going to be wonderful.”
As FOAL concludes its 21-year history with the DAC, be sure to see the Grunewald exhibit – an intimate tribute to “My Beloved West.”

If you go

WHAT: “We are designers: It’s in our bleed.” Graduating Senior Communication Design Exhibition.

WHERE: Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Art Building, 1000 Rim Drive.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 21. Free admission.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit shorturl.at/auJRW or call 247-7167.

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WHAT: “My Beloved West,” Louise Grunewald solar-plate prints.

WHERE: Durango Arts Center Art Library, second floor, 802 East Second Ave.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 21. Free admission.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.durangoarts.org or call 259-2606.

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