The message behind Durangos Noel Night couldnt be simpler: Buy local.
Businesses up and down Main Avenue will be pulling out the stops tonight to draw local gift buyers in with all kinds of sales and special events, but few can match the art community for doing it with style and creativity. Here are some options:
Two brand new galleries will open tonight. Gallery 145, on College Drive, is a temporary setup by artists Jeff Madeen, Elizabeth Somers, Bradley Kachnowicz and REZ DOG. It may or may not close Dec. 15, but the artists will hold their official opening during Noel Night. Also celebrating an opening, one that they hope will lead to a gallery a bit more permanent, is the Underground Art Collective at 1021½ Main Ave., Thats an all-womens affair with Anneka Herdon, Alexis McLean, Esther Sullivan, Hannah Burnett and Lily Russo (more on this bunch in the weeks to come).
Plein, the gift shop at the Durango Arts Center, will feature Hector Rascons wood carvings. The Santa Fe artist obviously is not a local, but his style is all Southwest, and money spent at the Arts Center stays at the Arts Center. The Winter Solstice Market will be open in the Barbara Conrad Gallery, as well.
For the second year in a row, the Irish Embassy will host the Super Amazing Noel Night, a winter version of the summertime Super Amazing Art Show. The same ladies Cindy Coleman, Elizabeth Kinahan, Miki Harder and Amy Vaclav-Felker (though Harder wont be in attendance) will put on the show with an array of handmade artwork, holiday-themed and otherwise.
Sorrel Sky Gallery will host a book signing with Fred Wildfang and Nik Kendziorski, co-authors of Durango from Arcadia Publishings Postcard History series.
Studio & will exhibit member works and feature live music by & artist Annie Brooks.
Bands will be providing musical interludes from the shopping frenzy all day long:
The Celtic outfit Patrick Crossing will play sets at Appalooosa Trading Co., Durango Coffee Co., Azul and Gloss.
Group Shower will play at The Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, Animas Trading Co. and Second Avenue Sports.
The Westwind Pipes & Drums will be at the Durango Antique Market and Browns Shoe Fit Co.
The Magical Two is scheduled for Durango Toy Depot, Emporia & Co. and Artesanos.
The Narrow Gauge Barbershop Chorus will begin at the Durango Discovery Museum before wandering to A Shared Blanket, the Sutcliffe Vineyards tasting room and Termar Trends.
The ladies version of barbershop, A Womans Prerogative, will sing at Pine Needle Mountaineering and Sorrel Sky Gallery.
The Kitchen Jam Band has gigs at Lindas Local café and the Rochester Hotel.
Miller Middle Schools Advanced Choir will make the rounds at Y.E.S.S. The Book Hutch and the Spaaah Shop while Millers Honors String Chamber Players will visit the Rochester.
Robby Overfield and the Stillwater Carolers will entertain at Out of the Blue and Del Sol.
Toh-Atin Gallery will host the Vivace Mandolin Ensemble.
The Durango High School Jazz Band will play at the Cypress Café.
The Derailed Saloon will have live music all day, beginning at noon with Rob Webster and capping Noel Night at 9 p.m. with the Porch Mice.
Other live entertainment will include performances by Mataholla Moon Belly Dance at the General Palmer Hotel, Beads & Beyond and Steamworks (which still is hosting its own local artists market); Bella Dance Company at Diane West Jewelry & Art and at Jewelry Works; and performances by Mysto the Magi at Lindas Local Café and Down to Earth.
For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit www.noelnightdurango.com.