It will be a festive and standing-room-only affair tonight at the Durango Arts Center. On this first Friday, the center will host parties for three new exhibits as movie buffs shuffle in and out for the Durango Independent Film Festival.
The biggest exhibit, with more than 70 paintings, photographs and 3-D pieces, is the annual Four Corners Commission in the Barbara Conrad Gallery. Juror Verne Stanford, gallery director at Santa Fes Mill Fine Art, chose the pieces for the show that is intended to reflect the Southwest in its images and themes. He said for every one piece he chose, he rejected two.
Its generally a very strong group, especially the painting and photography, and the preponderance of work is inspired by the landscape, which is to be expected, Stanford said Thursday as a small army of volunteers hung pieces that made the cut.
Stanford will select the awards for the juried show, and the Durango Chamber of Commerce will select a piece for its Reflections of Durango award. That image also will be used in chamber materials during the coming year.
This exhibit will have a different look, which is by Stanfords design. He said the show is being hung as a piece itself as a collective singular unit. Pieces are grouped by color, light and even framing style and will be hung with the tops of each piece on the same level. Thats not normal but gives the overall exhibit a unique look.
Its unusual to hang things level, but thats what gives it a different presentation, he said.
The other two exhibits are upstairs. The Art Library is as colorful as it has ever been, with a flock of birds made from plastic bags hanging from the ceiling. Those, and the prints and handmade books filling the walls and surfaces of the library, are the work of Canadadian artist Joyce Majiski. Her art is heavily influenced by her love of rivers and air and demonstrates remarkable attention to detail and color. Majiski also will teach workshops about relief printmaking and monoprinting March 10 and 11 in the DACs Education Center.
Next door to the library is Kathy Myrick and Linda Pampinellas 5th Corner Photo Gallery. Theyre featuring fellow local photographer Patty McClaflin as Marchs guest artist, and McClaflin will be on hand tonight to welcome visitors. Focusing primarily on wildlife and flora, she won Best in Show during last years Durango Blooms exhibit at the Arts Center.