Scott Hagler is a very busy man these days, even more then usual.
Several months ago, he agreed to act as the interim executive director of the Durango Arts Center, but the freelance graphic designer also is the minister of music and arts at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, as well as being director of the Durango Bach Festival, Durango Chamber Music Festival and the assistant conductor for the Durango Choral Society.
Oh, and not so incidentally, he also is the founder and Director of the Sacred Arts Festival, which begins its fourth year this weekend.
Of particular focus is the ICON show, which is described as "visual expressions of the sacred." The festival includes a poetry reading and a music concert, each celebrating the event's sacrosanct theme.
Lest there be some confusion, Hagler says the idea behind the festival is, "to provide encouragement and a venue for the creative expression of the sacred."
Hagler said the art exhibit always has been open to anyone's visual interpretation of what is sacred, "regardless of faith tradition."
This year's presentation - juried by local artists Heather Leavitt and Ann Smith - is another manifestation of that objective and the variety of work by regional artists, as well as two from California and North Carolina, and is as intriguing as it is inspirational.
In the four years since its inception, ICON has continued to grow, and this year, the Durango Arts Center is mounting a six-person exhibit titled "The Sacred," which coincides with the St. Mark's show.
Both opening receptions will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Hagler said he is excited by that kind of collaboration in the art community.
This year's Saint Mark's exhibition comprises a variety of media including painting, photography, collage, sculpture, mixed-media and quilting.
The more than 70 works on display show a range of competence, from highly skilled to that of budding school-age artists, and all are tied to the spiritual theme, some more obvious than others.
Many of the artists' names will be familiar to locals from past ICON shows, as well as previous exhibitions throughout the Four Corners.
Stew Mosberg is a freelance writer and has written about art regionally and nationally. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.