Life in the Four Corners as seen through the eyes of 51 of the region's artists is now on display at the Durango Arts
The Barbara Conrad Gallery has been transformed into a showcase of all things Southwestern for the Four Corners
Commission exhibit. Originally created in 1996 as the Durango Commission and expanded to a regional show three years
later, one artist's work will be selected as the year's best representation of the local culture. The Four Corners
Commission is the first of two juried shows the DAC has scheduled for 2010.
It's a well-balanced, cohesive exhibit," said Jeannie Berger, the director of exhibits at the DAC.
The task of selecting the representative piece, as well as the entire show, fell to Farmington artist and San Juan
College instructor Rod Hubble.
A subcommittee of the DAC's board of directors chose Hubble from a pool of possible jurors.
I told him it had to reflect the Four Corners whether it's a landscape or one of our towns. Palm trees and ocean views
weren't going to work for this show," Berger said.
Hubble had to sift through 149 submissions from 65 artists for the exhibit, which now stands at 86 pieces. He'll hand
out awards for Best of Show, Juror's Choice, Merit and honorable mentions at an opening reception for the exhibit
tonight. Additionally, those on hand will select a People's Choice winner, and the Durango Chamber of Commerce will
pick its own Reflections of Durango" winner. The chamber's winner will receive $500, and the winning image will be
printed on chamber posters and literature for the coming year.
It's a dubious honor," Hubble said of his task. I think it's a beautiful show and hangs together well. I just regret
we couldn't give more awards; I picked the ones I thought were the best, but it is all an opinion and everybody has
The majority of entries for the Four Corners Commission are two-dimensional paintings and photographs, with a handful
of pottery, fabric and mixed-media works. Hubble said the pieces he selected for inclusion are representative of his
own painting style.
I'm a soft-edged kind of painter, and I think those kind of artworks read better. If there are hard edges, I usually
won't give an award, but I don't mean for it to be discouraging: I've been in the same position when my work hasn't
been accepted. So I have empathy, but the show has a certain standard, and I tried to keep it at that standard," Hubble