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West's culture takes stage with annual poetry gathering

“Mescalero Canyon,” by Pueblo artist Kim Mackey, is the official artwork of the 2009 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Toh-Atin gallery will host an artist’s reception for Mackey on Saturday afternoon.

West's culture takes stage with annual poetry gathering

“Mescalero Canyon,” by Pueblo artist Kim Mackey, is the official artwork of the 2009 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Toh-Atin gallery will host an artist’s reception for Mackey on Saturday afternoon.

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Galleries welcome cowboy artists, too


By Ted Holteen

Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is more than just words. Several local galleries will feature special exhibits of artwork inspired by the cowboy lifestyle.

The Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos will hold bookend receptions for poets and artists to start and finish the weekend’s festivities. The opening takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and selected poets and musicians will perform at “The Last Roundup” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday to close out the Gathering’s official activities.

In between, Sorrel Sky, RainDance, Open Shutter and Toh-Atin galleries will go all-Western for a few days. At Sorrel Sky, artist Bonnie Conrad will be joined by her husband and poet, Roger, on Friday evening. The wife-and-husband team complements each other, as Roger’s poems tell the story behind his wife’s paintings of ranch life.

At the same time, Western photographers Jay Dusard, Adam Jahiel and Tony Strom-berg will be at Open Shutter to discuss their work, and the General Palmer Hotel simultaneously will host a free reception for artist Paul Kethly, whose show “Vaqueros: America’s First Cowboys” will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel for the entire weekend.

Also Friday, and also at the same time (all the Friday receptions begin at 5 p.m.), RainDance gallery will feature the electrically colorful cowboy paintings of Durango’s own Bob Canning.

On Saturday, Toh-Atin continues the tradition of hosting the featured poster artist for the Cowboy Gathering’s official artwork.

The gallery will honor Pueblo artist Kim Mackey for his “Mescalero Canyon” on Saturday afternoon, and Mackey will sign limited-edition prints of the poster as well.

ted@durangoherald.com

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering highlights

For a full schedule of events, visit www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org.


Thursday


- Cowboy poet Baxter Black at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Tickets cost $30-$40 and are available at 247-7657 or www.durangoconcerts.com.


- "KBOY Old-time Radio" hosted by Lindy Simmons, 7 p.m. at the Henry Strater Theatre. Tickets cost $15 at the door with open seating.


Friday


- Cowboy poet train, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $69 for adults, $49 for children, $139 for a private car. Reservations are required; 247-2733 or www.


DurangoTrain.com.


- Cowboy poet trail ride at Rapp Corral including barbecue lunch with the poets. For reservations, times and prices, call 247-8454.


- Evening music and poetry performances at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Henry Strater Theatre with Otto Rosfeld, Bonnie Krogman, Jay Snider, Kevin Davis, James Michael, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Ken Cook and The Rocky Mountain Rangers. Tickets cost $20 at the theater box office.


Saturday


- Motorless cowboy parade, 10 a.m., beginning at the train depot.


- Evening music and poetry performances, see Friday.


- Reception with Kim Mackey, artist of "Mescalero Canyon," the 2009 DCPG limited edition print, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Toh-Atin gallery, 145 W. Ninth St.

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