Colorfest Gallery Walk was so named to correspond with the changing leaves of the San Juan Mountains, and this year the timing is almost perfect. The autumn colors are always a source of inspiration for artists, and that is what inspired the first fall gallery walk about 18 years ago, though artists tend to come up short when it comes to archival skills and the actual date of origin is a matter of debate.
No matter. The weather is expected to cooperate with tonights festivities, for which the 11 members of the Durango Gallery Association and a few venues along for the ride will stay open late. Most will offer refreshments and some will have live music as well:
Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.: Western art for the Durango Cowboy Gathering; also Feeble Points of Reference by Alicia McKim in the Art Library.
Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave.: Watercolors by Laurel Covington Vogl.
Gadugi Center for the Arts, 734 Main Ave.: Multiple local and regional artists.
Wildshots Gallery, 734 Main Ave.: Photography of Claude Steelman.
Azul, 781 Main Ave.: Featuring local and regional artists.
Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave.: Composite photography by Fran Forman.
Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave.: Navajo jeweler Ray Tracey and Durango painter Phyllis Stapler.
Toh-Atin Gallery, 145 W. Ninth St.: Panamanian baskets with Jennifer Kuyper of Rain Forest Baskets.
Earthen Vessel Gallery, 115 W. Ninth St.: An Evening with Nick Blaisdell, master potter of Dalton Ranch Pottery.
Diane West Jewelry & Art, 934A Main Ave.: Local Texture with local artists Pat Hartman and Amaral Sequeira-Munoz.
Studio &, 1027 Main Ave.: Artist Rosie Carter and other local artists.