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Mike Clark

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: mike@h2x.com

'Exposure' a first for Open Shutter

My very first article for The Durango Herald appeared on New Year's Day in 2008. The story was about an exhibit at OpenShutter Gallery, which at the time was located on West Second Avenue. Since...

DATE: March 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Art Seen

No substitution for world-class art on the wall

The town where I attended art school was no bigger than Durango, and like this mountain hamlet, it was just as far from world-class art institutions. Although the education I received served...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: Art Seen

Healing art new design at Lightner Creek

Art has long been known for its therapeutic value. In the visual arts, pastoral scenes, certain colors and compositioncan lower heart rate and have been shown to have a calming affect. Art, when...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Art Seen

Gallery Walks, the 'Life Wall' among 10 best

For some people, a highly anticipated year-end ritual is the annual 10-best lists that appear in various media. Notwanting to disappoint, I am hereby joining the ranks of jolly journalists by...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Art Seen

From emerging to established artists

For some, the word “emerging" might conjure the cracking of a shell, the splitting of a cocoon or even a late afternooncaddis hatch. In the art world it is used to describe a lesser known artist,...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Art Seen

'My 6-year-old could do that!' Evaluating art

A friend of mine recently asked me to visit an art exhibit with him to discuss the work and hear what I thought was good and why. I was flattered, yet also saw it as an opportunity to define art in...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Art Seen

ICON show looks to be inspirational

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...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Art Seen

Young activists bring energy to local arts scene

Whoever said "Youth is wasted on the young" didn't know Crystal Hartman, Riley Neugebauer or Katie Wacker. These three women, all younger than 30, already have made an impact on Durango's art...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Art Seen

Public Art: people, places and things

Public art reminds us that we are cultured and sensitive, that there's a need to take time to smell the roses and value human creativity. As with most municipalities, Durango's Public Arts...

DATE: July 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Art Seen

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