Position: Durango Arts Center

Discovering gratitude in art – and the arts community

To my surprise, I found one of my sculptures for sale at an auction this week. It was a piece I had given as a gift to someone very special. I was delighted to see it again after so many years....

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Art a point of pride in our community

We live in an arts community. I have heard Durango is second to San Francisco in the number of restaurants we have per capita (my favorite Durango statistic). And I think we could give any...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

DAC presents exhibit highlighting relationship with Willowtail Springs

Four years ago, the Durango Arts Center formed a partnership with Willowtail Springs, an enchanting nature preserve, bed & breakfast and artist retreat located on a 40-acre parcel just west of...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Contemplating the meaning of monuments

When I read about the white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, violently opposing the city’s plan to remove the Robert E. Lee statue, it brought me back 30 years when I lived in Richmond,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Newness, challenge and love at DAC and all around us

We are plastic. Our brains are malleable and develop based on our experiences. This is not new information for me or many of you reading this, but it has been lingering in the forefront of my mind...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Ready for summer, ready for camps at the DAC!

The familiar shifts in weather and river flows, and the evacuation of Fort Lewis College students from town, tell us summer must be around the corner. My own youthful memories of summertime in...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

National Endowment for the Arts more than government agency

The obituary section in the newspaper is always a must-read for me. After reflecting on why, I recognize that it is a way to acknowledge and celebrate a life that influenced the world by having...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

The legacy of Stanton Englehart returns to Durango Arts Center

By James Durnin “Gaia is my ethic. We are all a part of her. She is the evolutionary force. Gaia is the real driver that runs our lives.” – Stanton Englehart...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

DAC welcomes new artistic forms of expression

In 2005, I was a college graduate with ambition but no money. I was mixing cocktails and threading film through the projector at Durango’s Abbey Theatre. I’m an artist, and back then I did whatever...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Gratitude abounds from Durango Arts Center and beyond

The city is dressed in holiday sparkle, each of us is seeking the perfect gift for those we love and nonprofits throughout the community are engaged in their final push to meet their annual...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Keeping it local: Spend holidays at Durango Arts Center

What is the impact of your holiday gift? What is the value of giving a beautiful memory or a masterfully crafted object? The most direct ways we show what we value are through the ways we spend...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

Photography: Self-expression we can’t live without

With the closing of Open Shutter Gallery and the loss of the artistic foresight of its owner, Margy Dudley, there is now a vacuum in the community – a photographic one. Durango contains an...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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