Durango's art community will be well-represented when the 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition gets under way at the Durango Arts Center this weekend.
The display opens Friday with a reception beginning at 5 p.m. and will be open to the public until June 28.
Santa Fe artist and teacher Shelley Horton-Trippe selected approximately 50 paintings, photographs and sculptures from nearly 200 entries submitted online through the Western States Arts Federation. Horton-Trippe is a prolific painter and sculptor and formerly taught at the Institute of American Indian Art, the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community College.
"I think I was selected because I didn't know anyone who submitted; it was a blind jury, and I could've gotten information on the artists, but I didn't want that," Horton-Trippe said.
"I really wanted to try to find the artists who were stuck in their studios painting and sculpting," she said. "I was most impressed that there were so many applicants because it can be a somewhat daunting process for artists who aren't so computer-savvy."
The exhibition was open to applicants nationwide, although most are from the Four Corners states with a strong local representation. Contenders include paintings by Durango artists Gary McVean, Bradley Kachnowicz and John Grow, photo exhibits from Bayfield's Marikay Shellman and Mancos' Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan, a display book by Mary Ellen Long and a ziatype, an alternative photographic process where color and contrast are controlled by humidity, from Durango's Heather Leavitt.
Horton-Trippe will spend the week hanging and curating the show and expects to announce the winners Wednesday or Thursday.
She's also hosting a two-day workshop for all artists Friday and Saturday titled "The Medium is the Metaphor." Artists will critique and discuss each other's work with Horton-Trippe's guidance on Saturday and will do hands-on work in the DAC studios Sunday.
"I'm really interested in meeting artists in the community who are ready and willing to dialogue about their creative process and need a venue in which to do so," she said. "I think the critiquing process is helpful, and it's hard to do that when you're not in an academic situation."
"Breakthrough is the key word here. Many artists with whom I've worked have many 'ah-hah' moments and see possibilities in their work that never occurred to them before," she said.
The workshop is open to all artists, all painting styles, mixed-media, photography, writing and video or installation art. Winners of the juried exhibition will be announced at Friday's opening reception and all works will be available for sale at the end of the exhibition.