April News & Events from DAC
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All the news and upcoming events from the Durango Arts Center this month.
Featuring Creativity Festivity 2016, Performances of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., Artist Feature with Laurie Archer, Playing with the Press Adult Art Workshop, Youth Summer Camps Registration, Call for Artists & Artworks, and New Rental Opportunities at DAC.
Barbara Conrad Gallery | Current Exhibit
22nd Annual Creativity Festivity : Designing the Future
Creativity Festivity : Designing the Future, gallery view, 2016. 

Creativity Festivity : Designing the Future

Exhibit Featuring the Art and Artists of Our Local Schools
April 5 – April 16

Now in it's 22nd year, Creativity Festivity is a celebration of children’s imaginative work in art, theatre, poetry and music. Throughout the two week festivity, DAC will host events and opportunities for local youth to share their work with the greater arts community in Durango.

Featured Exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery
April 5 – 16
Opening Reception : Thursday, April 7 from 4–6pm

Showcasing artwork from local elementary, middle school and high school students. Both the gallery and the reception are always free and open to the public.

Annual Durango High School Poetry Slam
Wednesday, April 13 from 7 to 9pm
DAC Theater

In honor of National Poetry month, featuring Grand Central, the high school band of Stillwater Music.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
April 8th and 9th at 7pm
April 11 & 12 at 4:30pm

Tickets to the performances are available for purchase online at, by phone at (970) 259-2606 or at the DAC Box Office - 802 E. 2nd Ave. 

Since the launch of the first Creativity Festivity in 1992, DAC has strived to celebrate and nurture learning through the arts. This year, DAC is proud to partner with Durango School District 9-R, Durango Friends of the Arts, and the Community Foundation of Southwest Colorado to produce Creativity Festivity. 

All events will take place at the Durango Arts Center located at 802 E. 2nd Ave in Durango. The DAC gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. More information about Creativity Festivity, schedule of events, and to purchase tickets to SchoolHouse Rock Live! Jr. please visit, 

An ongoing photo gallery for Creativity Festivity is up on our Facebook page
Colorado 3rd Congressional District High School Art Competition
Eileen Rose Egolf, Best in Show Winner; Congressman Scott Tipton; Beth Drum, Senior Vice President, Alpine Bank at the Reception for the Colorado 3rd Congressional District High School Art Competition on April 5 at DAC.

As a special addition to the Creativity Festivity schedule this year, DAC is hosting our Congressional District’s Annual High School Art Competition alongside the Creativity Festivity exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery.

The national competition invites area high school students, grades 9-12, to participate and the first place winner from each congressional district will have their artwork hung in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. House of Representatives for an entire year.

On Tuesday, April 5, DAC hosted a special reception and awards presentation with US Representative for the 3rd District of Colorado, Congressman Scott Tipton to kick off the two-week celebration of creativity and the arts. To view images from the Reception please visit our Facebook page
Theatre Performances
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.

April 8 & 9,7pm | April 11 & 12, 4:30pm
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Performed by DAC Applause!

Primetime Performances : April 8 & 9 at 7pm
Afterschool Performances : April 11 & 12 at 4:30pm

The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulation,” and it’s lighting up the stage!

Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Three is the Magic Number,” and “Conjunction Junction.”

April 8 & 9 : $8 DAC Members + children under 12 / $12 General
April 11 & 12: $1 DAC Members + children under 12 / $5 General
Buy tickets online or call the Box Office at (970) 259-6571. 

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Ballantine Family Fund, Durango Friends of the Arts, Boone Fund, and the Community Foundation of Southwest Colorado. 

* This production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. is Originally Conceived and Directed by Scott Ferguson. Book by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall, George Keating. Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe.
Opening Reception

Under Pressure : The Art of the Hand-Pulled Print

April 22 from 5 to 7pm
Under Pressure : The Art of the Hand-Pulled Print
Friday, April 22, 5–7pm
Free and open to the public

This exhibit explores various fine art printmaking methods, from the oldest known technique of relief printing, to intaglio, planographic and contemporary processes. Curated by Maureen May, this exhibit features work of 26 artists who dwell in the intriguing, challenging and ever evolving art of the hand-pulled print.

This exhibit is sponsored by New Face Productions and Oxford Asset Management, LLC. 
The Art Library | Current Exhibit
Ink & Wax : Intimate Surface Variations
Karen Riley, Horas, 2016. Encaustic monotype/relief print.

Ink & Wax : Intimate Surface Variations
Exhibit by Karen Riley
February 26–April 26

A series of small to medium-sized monotype/encaustic works on paper showcases the artist’s recent explorations of these two distinct forms of printmaking. This fusion of processes produces nuanced and delicate works that draw the viewer in for closer inspection.

This work is featured in The Art Library at the Durango Arts Center. The Art Library is curated by a committee of local artists, known as the Friends of the Art Library (F.O.A.L.), and sponsored by New Face Productions. 

About the Artist
Karen Riley received a BFA in studio art at the University of California-Davis, and then spent nearly 20 years teaching English and Comparative Culture in Japan. She lives and works in Sequim, Washington.
Artist Feature 
Laurie Archer
Detail of solar plate etchings, images courtesy of Laurie Archer.

Laurie Archer (Santa Fe, NM)

Laurie Archer earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Colorado College.  She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Dance & Art in Peru, and the John Hay Whitney Fellowship to pursue studies in theater, acting and dance in New York City.  Archer was in the original cast of Camelot on Broadway that debut in 1960. As a visual artist, she has shown at the Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe, NM), Stables Art Gallery (Taos, NM), the Gran Palais (Paris, FR), the El Paso Fine Arts Museum (El Paso, TX), and the Taller Boricua Gallery (New York, NY) among other venues.

Laurie Archer is the next featured artist in the Art Library. The Opening Reception for her show, The Thread, will be held on May 5 from 5 to 7pm, followed by an Artist Lecture at 7pm.  

Laurie Archer
The Thread
Collection of Solar Plate Etchings

May 5 – June 25 in the Art Library at DAC
Opening Reception : May 5, 5–7pm
Artist Lecture : May 5 at 7pm

For more information and to see more of Laurie's work please visit the website
Featured Workshop
Playing with the Press with Judy Hayes
Playing with the Press with Judy Hayes, workshop documentation, 2016. 

Playing with the Press 
with Judy Hayes

Remaining Sessions: April 23 + May 7, 9am–4pm
$80 DAC Members per day / $100 Non-Members per day
plus $20 materials fee paid to the instructor

Take an art vacation and play with the unique Griffin Press with artist Judy Hayes. Chose one day (or more) to learn about monoprints, callographs and collage with a variety of materials and water-based inks. These workshops are designed for students with art-making experience and have a maximum of 4 students per workshop. Locations of the workshops are in the Shenandoah subdivision at the artists’ studio. (Directions given after registration.) Bring a bag lunch and your imagination!

View all Spring + Summer Adult Art workshops and register online now. 

To see all adult and youth art education programs please visit our website
Youth Summer Camps
Visual & Performing Arts 
Create your summer with DAC! Register online now for Youth Visual & Performing Arts Summer Camps! Scholarships available!

For full list of Visual & Performing Summer Camps and to see all youth art education programs please visit our website
Call for Artists and Artworks
Upcoming Juried Exhibits & Durango Autumn Arts Festival

40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
Submissions are due to DAC on May 24.
Open to all artists working in any traditional or contemporary 2D and 3D media except film. Submission form and more information at

Juried Plein Air Exhibit, An Artist's Vision of Reality 
Submissions are due to DAC on June 28.
Open to all artists and entries are to be plein air, any medium except photography, created within the last two years and not larger than 3 feet x 3 feet. All work submitted must be for sale. Submission form and more information at

Durango Autumn Arts Festival 
Limited to 100 exhibitors, application deadline is May 20.
Artists, artisans and craftspeople wanted for the Durango Autumn Arts Festival happening September 17 and 18 on 2nd Avenue in Durango. For general inquiries and information, please contact: Jules Masterjohn, Festival Director at  or (970) 422-8566.

New Rental Opportunities at DAC
The Durango Arts Center will have vacancy of two spaces this spring suitable for artist studios and a shop / retail / office space.

Downtown shared studio spaces available starting May 15th.
The Durango ArtsCenter is currently accepting proposals and inquiries for a shared 365sqft studio/office space. This space is located upstairs on the east side of the Durango Arts Center and is accessed through the east alley door. Tenants would have access to DAC lavatories and mail services. All utilities included.

Max 4 artists

Single occupant, pays – $425 Per/Month
Two occupants, each pays – $210 Per/Month
Three occupants, each pays – $140 Per/Month
Four occupants, each pays – $100 Per/Month
Prime retail space available downtown Durango starting June 15th, 2016.

The Durango Arts Center is currently accepting proposals and inquiries for a 450sqft. retail/office space. This space is located in the southwest corner on the first floor and is accessed through the Arts Center main lobby entrance. The south and west perimeter walls are large windows that look onto 8th Street and 2nd Avenue. The space is located directly across 2nd Avenue from Steamworks Brewing. Tenants would have access to DAC lavatories and mail services. This space receives substantial foot tra!c for DAC events.All utilities are included.

Monthly Rent: $725

For additional information, and for all inquiries, regarding both spaces please contact Eric Bulrice, Facilities Manager at
Upcoming Events
April 7, 4-6pm : Opening Reception for Creativity Festivity Exhibit (also First Thursday!)
April 7, 5–7pm : First Thursdays Art Walk
April 8-12 : Performances of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
April 13, 5-9pm : High School Poetry Slam
April 16, 10am-5pm : Last day to see Creativity Festivity exhibit
April 22, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for Under Pressure exhibit
April 26, 10am-5pm : Last day to see Ink & Wax exhibit
April 22, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for Under Pressure exhibit
May 5, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for Laurie Archer's The Thread exhibit 
May 5, 7pm : Artist Lecture with Laurie Archer
May 24, 10am-2pm : Artwork drop off at DAC for 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
May 25, 5-9pm : Fashion Fusion : deConstructed - A fundraised for DAC
May 27, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
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