Mary Kenez, like most artists, is different. Visit Gallery 530, and youll see how different.
The unassuming building on Main Avenue is home to a lawyers office, a design firm and a handful of other small businesses. Kenezs Durango gallery she also owns Kamruz Gallery in Telluride occupies the hallway downstairs that otherwise would serve no purpose other than to access Ninis patio in the back.
We first met Kenez last year when she hung her Plastography display in the narrow space (Durango Herald, Dec. 16, 2011). Big Bike Love is an array of photos the cycling enthusiast has taken of eye-catching bicycles in unique and colorful settings in Durango and Telluride. Shes also displaying pieces by Durango artist Caitlin Connaughton and Manny Valenzuela, a painter and sculptor who recently moved here from Tucson. Both artists will attend todays opening festivities.
Mannys just amazing, and Ive been selling his work in Telluride for a few years, Kemez said.
Also in the show are several bicycle paintings by filmmaker and artist Dieter Runge, who divides his time between Hawaii and Telluride.
The bulk of Big Bike Love is more than 20 of Kenezs photos. Shes a dedicated cyclist, and every one of the photos was taken while she herself was riding in the towns and countrysides of the San Juan Mountains.
Ive got to live the life to train for the Iron Horse, Kenez said, adding that shes hoping for a personal-best time in the grueling road ride, which will run later this month.
The timing of the exhibit is no accident, but the challenge will be letting the thousands of cyclists know shes here.
Its so little and hard to find, Kenez said.
Its worth hunting for. Theres not a lot to look at, but whats there is fun. She still has many of her Plastography photos on display; add to that the new bicycle art, and with Valenzuelas understated but sophisticated works, its much more than a hallway full of paintings.