For those convinced Snowdown is nothing more than a weeklong excuse for Durangoans to indulge their basest instincts,we present the 16th annual Snowdown Wine Tasting and Fine Art Exhibition.
Will there be wine? Yes. Will some people overindulge? Perhaps. But during a week in which otherwise respectable
people race beds through downtown Durango, submerge their heads in beer or burp in the hopes of winning a bar tab, this is as close to high society as it's going to get.
We try to have a diverse show and party that everyone will feel welcome attending," said Kathy Roser, executive
director for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy.
The tasting and art exhibit is the conservancy's lone fundraising event each year, and each of the 12 art entries
reflects the flora and/or fauna of Southwest Colorado. All of the paintings will be on display this week at the Bank
of Colorado until they're moved to the DoubleTree on Thursday morning. The pieces will be sold during a silent
auction at Thursday's event.
Roser said a committee of jurors selected the 12 pieces from more than 30 entries last fall, and Bayfield artist
Rebecca Koeppen's Down in the Valley" was chosen as the 2010 Snowdown painting. Attendees of the event will receive
a print of Koeppen's pastel as well as unlimited wine tasting and a gourmet buffet prepared by the DoubleTree's
The conservancy spends the other 51 weeks of the year working to preserve local and regional lands from development
through purchases and dedications from landowners. The artwork is a reflection of the conservancy's mission.
It's a partnership between us and the artists: They paint things and places that won't be there in the future if we
don't protect them," Roser said.
In addition to Koeppen, the artists whose work will appear in the exhibit are Sharon Abshagen, Milt Beens, Rob
Bridges, John Cogan, Don Cooke, Mike Desatnick, Mar Evers, Eileen Fjerstad, Karyn Gabaldon, Elizabeth Kinahan and