library supporters alike have fallen for Melissa Zink's sculptures
called The Guardians.
And now,in a bittersweet moment, the city owns the sculptures. Bittersweet because Zink
died Friday, just one week after a fundraiser called the Library Guardian
Party, raised the final money needed for the purchase.
Putnam (Zink was
married to Putnam's brother Nelson) saw the sculptures and knew they
would be perfect for the Durango Public Library. She took Library Director Sherry
Taber to see them, and it was love at first sight.
Unfortunately,the budget for public art for the library was already committed. So Putnam
recruited her siblings Ida Kolb, Jerry Zink and Ed Zink to
raise the money needed to purchase the artwork. Friends of the Library agreed
to serve as the charity umbrella and provide some matching funds, and Zinks
across the country contributed to the cause.
people attended the fundraiser, which took place on Bob and Annie
Lieb's beautiful property in the
The Liebs, along with Putnam, Kolb, Bob Chaput and Cindy Cortese,were the organizers.
Zink's artwork feeds the soul, Sari Brown of The Yellow Carrot delights
in tempting taste buds and feeding the body.
enjoyed a choice meat medley prepared by Sunnyside Meats, summer vegetable
succotash, a delightful squash gratin with celeriac, Vidalia onions and gruyere
cheese, lemon‑basil rice with blood orange salsa, and a delectable and
John Cocuzzi provided cabaret jazz for the evening. He also donated a
performance for a private party for the live auction.
Zinks had donated the bulk of the items on the block, which Calvin and Pat
Story energetically auctioned. Kristi Zink will give one lucky woman
a spa pampering. Kolb gave a Navajo weaving, made a lovely and whimsical
flying pig weather vane and donated two pieces of her mother, Ruby Zink's,Native American jewelry.
Farms Market owner Holly Zink will be preparing a scrumptious surf and
turf grill‑out for eight diners. Ed and Patti Zink have donated a four
day‑three night pack trip to
charities every year for a decade, and this year it goes to the family's
anted up a turquoise‑nugget belt buckle and ring that had belonged to her
husband, Norm. She also baked her famous pine‑nut and chile bundt cake
with chile glaze, which Kip Koso bought. He then hawked slices to
partygoers at $10 a pop, donating that money as well.
Zink provided a
magnificent hardwood game table inlaid with turquoise, and her husband, Jerry,gave up a favorite toy, a 1967 Ford Mustang two‑door coupe.
Stan and Alice Crapo donated a
2003 Silver Oaks Cellars cabernet sauvignon, Zink cousins Tony and Erin
Sun will fly her parents on a tour of the California Coast (no room for
that story, unfortunately), Dave Manley donated a signed photograph and
Dr. Paul Jackson will help someone see the world in a whole new way with
a vision package. The Liebs donated a week at their Hawaiian vacation home, and
Steve Parks, Zink's friend and representative, donated a limited edition copy
of the book Zink: The Language of Enchantment.
In April,16‑year‑old Alyssa Shelton suffered a crushed L‑1 vertebrae, which has
necessitated surgery and therapy that continues. As you can imagine, the
medical bills have been mind‑boggling, so a group of friends have put together
a fundraiser to help the family with the expense.
take place from 8 to 11 a.m. today at Santa Rita Park and from noon to 4 p.m.
at the Durango Mall. (It will be nice to be inside in air conditioning if the
weather is anything like it has been this week.) There will be a number of
silent auction items and entertainment.
ice cream cakes for their hottest‑of‑the‑year birthdays are John Peel, Ric
Romero, Bill Borgers, Jenna Baker, Donna Stone,Brian Shafer, James Somsen, C.J. Harrison, Terri Oliver,Chad Shelton, Kleber Araujo, David Fontenot, Charles
Williams, Jean Robinett, Kathy Burns, Nellie Boyd, Pat
Smiley, Julie McCrea, Peyton Louyse Robuck, Lora
Woods, Cissy Anderson, Ken Fusco and Gay Robson.
greetings go out to Arvo Matis, who is marking his 102nd birthday on
Tuesday. An open‑house style party will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday at St. Mark's Episcopal Parish Hall.
education in the history and appreciation of brass music continued Monday at
the American Brass Quintet chamber‑music performance at the Music in the
Mountains tent at Durango Mountain Resort.
quintet, which is in residence at The Juilliard School in New York City, spends
part of its summers at the Aspen Music Festival. That's how Greg Hustis,the Music in the Mountains artistic director, managed to score them for a
I have to
admit that until a few years ago, I wasn't much of a fan of brass music. It
was, well, too "brassy." But the brass section at the festival, guest trumpeter
Ryan Anthony at the San Juan Symphony and now the ABQ have changed all that.
musicians, Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb on trumpet (and flugelhorn), David
Wakefield on horn, Michael Powell on tenor trombone and John D. Rojak on bass
trombone, have between them more than 100 years with the quintet, which will
celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. (And no, none of them have been with
it the whole time.)
this level and musicians who have worked together for so long leads to a
program Monday featured music from some of the earliest brass composers, going
back as far as the late 1400s with Josquin des Prés and canzonas from the 16th
and 17th centuries, to works commissioned specifically for the ABQ in the last
two years. I have to say the historical music resonated most with me, probably
because I can't help imagining being one of the people hearing it for the first
time in a church or palace.
best, the most evocative and powerful pieces, not just for me but much of the
audience, were the four songs from the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band of
the Confederate States of America. Many consider the band to have been the
finest in the country at the time.
background, of course, is one of the most tragic and bloody events in American
history, the Civil War. When they were researching the music (with original
scores from the musicians), the ABQ learned that the first alto horn's scores
were missing. "He was captured," the curator at the Moravian Music Foundation
in Winston‑Salem said.
has recorded two CDs using the results from their research, and they had the
great fortune of doing it on instruments original to the period. They played
the modern counterparts Monday, but the poignancy of hearing music that would
have entertained and soothed boys who were far from home and facing death was
still the best history lesson of all.
their anniversary on a warm summer evening are John and Cherie Hughes.
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