Durango artist bids farewell to her community

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Durango artist bids farewell to her community

Heather Leavitt Martinez heading to Washington, D.C.
Sale will benefit 3 local arts groups

Heather Leavitt Martinez’s literal last act in Durango will be to sell more than 100 pieces of art from her personal collection at a going-away party Saturday night. Most of it will be her own work, some will be pieces she bought over the years and some will be photographs taken by her husband, Ray. None of it will be creations from local artists, though, because Leavitt Martinez regards those as sacred. She will donate 90 percent of the proceeds to three local art organizations.
“This is not something I would do if I weren’t stopping practicing art,” she said. “I would keep the collection together. But the effort that went into creating my art belongs here.”
There are three beneficiaries:
Durango Arts Center’s MicroGrants programs, which is a new grant-funding program for artists in La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties.
Studio &, a studio and gallery that five artists own and which sells pieces created only by them or a select group of artists.
New Face Productions, a volunteer organization that some local artists created to support and promote the Durango Arts Center – not just visual arts but also theater and other events.
“I love the idea that money from the sales will go directly into the hands of the artists,” Leavitt Martinez said. “I only wish I had a bigger name, a better product (art), so it could raise even more money. I’m banking on the fact that I’m moving away from making fine art to be a visual practitioner and that makes my work more rare.”
The gesture won’t be forgotten.
“It’s a pretty amazing last act,” said Tim Kapustka, an owner of Studio &. “We’re honored to be in the group of three.”

If you go

Art for Art’s Sake, a going-away party and fundraiser for and by Heather Leavitt Martinez, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Studio &, 1027 Main Ave.

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