April News & Events from DAC
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All the news and upcoming events from the Durango Arts Center this month.
Featuring new and upcoming exhibits, artists, events, workshops, summer camps, theatre performances, call to artists, rentals spotlight, and upcoming events listings. 
Register Now for Youth Summer Camps
Visual & Performing Arts
DAC Applause! students peform School House Rock Live! Jr. in April. 

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

Barbara Conrad Gallery | Current Exhibit
Under Pressure : The Art of the Hand-Pulled Print
Rebecca Barfoot, thrown and altered porcelain vessels with lithographic print.

Under Pressure : The Art of the Hand-Pulled Print
Curated by Maureen May at DAC
Featuring the work of 26 printmakers
Through May 19

This exhibit explores various fine art printmaking methods, from the oldest known technique of relief printing, to intaglio, planographic and contemporary processes.

Featured artists include: Rebecca Barfoot, Joshua Butler, Sandra Butler, Tim Calkins, Peggy Cloy, Ron Fundingsland, Dan Garner, Louise Grunewald, Crystal Hartman, Tony Holmquist, Andrew Jagniecki, Minna Jain, Tim Kapustka, Jake Kelley, Julia Klema, Sarah Kriehn, Mary Ellen Long, Shay Lopez, Jeff Madeen, Andrea Martens, Paul Pennington, Donny Phillips, Kay Roberts, Carol C. Sanchez, Arista Slater-Sandoval and Stevie Stevenson.

An ongoing photo gallery for Under Pressure is up on DAC's Facebook page

Under Pressure will be on view through May 19, sponsored by New Face Productions and Oxford Asset Management LLC.
Photo Gallery: Under Pressure Opening Reception 
Guests enjoying the Opening Reception for Under Pressure on April 22 in the Barbara Conrad Gallery.

To see more photos from the Opening Reception and the exhibit visit DAC's Facebook page

Opening Reception

40th Annual Juried Exhibit | May 27 from 5 to 7pm
40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
Juried by Holly Roberts (Corrales, NM)
Opening Reception : Friday, May 27, 5–7pm
Closing Reception : Thursday, June 23, 5–7pm
Durango Arts Center - Barbara Conrad Gallery

Salon de Refuses
May 27 – June 25
Steamworks Brewing Company

Call to Artists
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

This exhibit is sponsored by Steamworks Brewing Company

The Art Library | Current Exhibit
The Thread : Laurie Archer 
Laurie Archer, On the Road I and On the Road XV, solar plate etching. 

The Thread : A collection of Solar Plate Etchings
Exhibit by Laurie Archer
May 5 – June 25
Opening Reception : May 5, 5–7pm
Artist Lecture : May 5, 7pm
Closing Reception : June 23, 5–7pm
Friends of The Art Library

About the Artist

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.

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. 

Call for Artists and Artworks
Durango Autumn Arts Festival & Upcoming Juried Art Exhibits at DAC 
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, contact: Jules Masterjohn, Festival Director at  or (970) 422-8566.

Juried Plein Air Exhibit, An Artist's Vision of Reality 
Submissions are due to DAC on June 28.
This competition is open to all plein air painters. Work must have been created within the last two years and not be larger than 3 feet x 3 feet. All pieces submitted must be for sale. For full submission guidelines and calendar visit,

A Celebration for Mary Puller
In honor of her retirement as Exhibits Director
You are invited to write a message or share an image of appreciation to Mary, to be included in a hand-crafted memory book to be gifted to Mary at the gathering. Please deliver or mail your message to DAC, to be received on or before Wednesday May 11.  For questions contact,

Featured Workshop
Realistic Acyrlic Landscape with John Grow
Image courtesy of John Grow.

Realistic Acrylic Landscape
with John Grow

Thursdays, May 26 – June 16, 6:30–8pm
$115 DAC Members per day / $130 Non-Members per day
plus $35 materials fee paid to the instructor

The Lacework Method overlaps layers of open brushwork to suggest the complex textures of nature, with inherent control of light and color. Experienced painters will gain efficient precision. Patient beginners will learn a reliable method to achieve realism. A course for the thinking painter who wants to observe and portray accurately.

View all Summer Adult Art workshops and register online now. 

To see all adult and youth art education programs please visit our website


Featured Artist
David Holub
David Holub (Durango, CO), 2015 DAC-in-Residence at Willowtail Springs
We are Broken and We are Whole
A night of experimental storytelling, written and performed by David Holub
May 19, 7:30pm
Durango Arts Center - Theater
$10 suggested donation at the door

A story told in equal parts fiction and truth about what it means to be caged and what it takes to be free. Both captivating and revealing, David Holub guides you through the mysteries found in the most common places of our lives. You will laugh; you might cry. Or maybe it's the other way around.

David Holub is editor of DGO, Durango's free weekly arts / entertainment / nightlife / culture magazine. He was previously Design and A&E editor for The Durango Herald. His writing has appeared, in print or online, in The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Orion, AGNI, the Christian Science Monitor, American Book Review, PANK and Hobart, among others.

David was one of five artists in 2015 to receive a weeklong residency at Willowtail Springs (Mancos, CO). Find out more about the artist residency program here


Staged Readings
10-Minute Play Finalists
6th Annual 10-Minute Play Staged Readings
Friday, June 3, 7pm
Durango Arts Center - Theater

DAC received a total of 117 play submissions from playwrights--emerging and professional--from all across North America, Europe, and New Zealand for the 6th Annual 10-Minute Play Contest. The top five finalist plays will be presented at the Staged Readings on June 3. Judges will select the Grand Prize Winner for a gift of $500 and the audience will vote and choose their favorite, People's Choice Award for gift of $100. 

Don't miss one of Durango's favorite theatre events. 
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New Rental Opportunity at DAC
Prime Retail / Office Space on 2nd Avenue
The Durango Arts Center is currently accepting proposals and inquiries for a 450 sq ft. 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 traffic for DAC events. Internet and all utilities are included.

Monthly Rent: $725

For additional information and for all inquiries contact, Eric Bulrice, Facilities Manager at
Featured Event
Stillwater Music's Party in the Park with Spring Showcase of
Stillwater's 6th Annual Party in the Park with Spring Showcase of DAC Applause! Students
May 21, 12–5:30pm
Buckley Park, Durango, CO
Free Family Event!

Stillwater Music's annual spring event will feature live music all day by Stillwater youth bands, as well as performances by students from the DAC APPLAUSE! program. Food, vendors, exhibits and fun hands-on activities for kids!

With special activities for DAC's summer production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Featured Event
Fashion Fusion deConstructed 
Fashion Fusion deConstructed
Benefitting the Durango Arts Center

May 25, 5:30pm
Fort Lewis College Ballroom

Buy Tickets Now : $17.50 General Admission 

Fashion Fusion is an exciting, fast-paced high-end runway show featuring clothing made from materials sourced by local businesses. This event raises funds and awareness for the Durango Arts Center. Featuring live jazz from Animas Jazz Band and art by local artists. Event starts at 5:30pm. Tickets : $17.50 General Admission available online at; $28 VIP Seating Next to the Runway, contact

Featured DAC Rental
The Raven Narratives
The Raven Narratives: Live Storytelling Event
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Doors open at 7 pm. Event starts at 7:30
Tickets: $15 in Advance, $20 at the door.
Seniors (65 and over) and students: $12 in Advance, $17 at the door
Purchase at DAC: or call 259-2606 X 13

Theme: Baggage
The Raven Narratives features people of all colors, ages, creeds, and perspectives telling true stories in front of a live audience. You will laugh. You will cry. You will feel alive through the voices from your community. There will also be an opportunity for someone from the audience to tell an true story off the cuff that relates meaningfully to the theme of "Baggage" during the event. Could that be you? :)
Upcoming DAC Events
May 5, 5–7pm : First Thursdays Art Walk
May 5, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for Laurie Archer's The Thread exhibit 
               7pm : Artist Lecture with Laurie Archer, FREE
May 13, 12-2pm : A Celebration for Mary Puller in the Barbara Conrad Gallery
               5-9pm : Spring Gallery Walk
May 19, 10am- 5pm : Last day to view Under Pressure exhibit
May 19, 7:30pm : We are Broken and We are Whole, a night of experimental storytelling
May 20 : Deadline for Durango Autumn Arts Festival artist applications
May 21, 12-5:30pm : Stillwater Music's Party in the Park & DAC Applause! Performances
May 24, 10am-2pm : Artwork drop off at DAC for 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
May 25, 5:30pm : Fashion Fusion deConstructed - A fundraiser for DAC
May 27, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
June 23, 10am-12pm & 5–7pm : DAC Open House / Closing Receptions for 40th Annual Juried Exhibit & The Thread
June 28 : Artwork drop off at DAC for Plein Air Invitational

Purchase online at, by phone at
970-259-2606, or come by the DAC Box Office today!

Become a Member of DAC
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The Durango Arts Center provides Durango and surrounding communities opportunities to create, to promote, and to participate in diverse arts experiences. The DAC brings people together to explore and engage in arts and culture by fostering creative expression through in-house exhibitions, performances, and educational programs for all ages and abilities.
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