March News & Events from DAC
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All the news and upcoming events from the Durango Arts Center this month.
Featuring two new gallery exhibits, an artist talk with Jeff Madeen, 22nd Annual Creativity Festivity, MicroGrant Awardees, and spring Adult Art classes and workshops. 
New Exhibits
Obedience, Conformity, Apathy..."It's All Good!"
Bud and Jeff Madeen, Obedience, Conformity, Apathy..."It's All Good!", gallery view, 2016. 

Obedience, Conformity, Apathy..."It's All Good!"

Exhibit by father and son - Bud and Jeff Madeen
February 26–March 26

This exhibit joins two generations of artists to feature the work of father and son, artists Bud Madeen and Jeff Madeen. Bud presents a series of nine canvases titled, The Freedom Series, as a culmination of 25 years of work. Jeff will then provide his personal rebuttals to those pieces through new works of photography, wood block prints, multimedia sculptures, paint on canvas, installation and video. Jeff also invited several local artists to create tinfoil hats to be shown in conjunction with his show.

On March 16, from noon to 1pm, join Jeff Madeen for a lunch time discussion in the gallery, "War, Oligarchy and the American People."

This exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery is sponsored by Russell Planning & Engineering, New Face Productions and Oxford Asset Management LLC.

About the Artists
Harold “Bud” Madeen studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduating he worked in advertising in Elgin, Illinois. 

Jeff Madeen studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and created art in Durango since 1995.
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.
Opening Reception Photo Gallery
Thank you to everyone who attended the Opening Reception on February 26 for the new exhibits by Bud and Jeff Madeen and Karen Riley. To see photos from the event please visit our Facebook page
Artist Talk with Jeff Madeen

March 16 from Noon â€“ 1pm
Jeff Madeen, Face the Truth, 2016. Triple barrel shot gun, mirror, plywood, liberty dimes. 

DAC Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
Wednesday, March 16, 12 noon-1pm
Free and open to the public

"War, Oligarchy and the American People", an hour-long lunch time discussion with Jeff Madeen, whose exhibition "Obedience, Conformity, Apathy...It's All Good!",  is on display at DAC through Saturday, March 26.
22nd Annual Creativity Festivity

April 5 – 16
22nd Annual Creativity Festivity
April 5–16
at the Durango Arts Center

This year’s Creativity Festivity theme is Designing the Future and celebrates children’s imaginative work in art, theatre, poetry and music. Throughout the two week celebration, DAC will host events and opportunities for local youth to share their work with the greater arts community in Durango.

Children’s creative work will be on display as a feature exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery for the 22nd Annual Creativity Festivity.

2016 Creativity Festivity Schedule

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

High School Poetry Slam
Wednesday, April 13, 5–9pm
DAC Theatre
Featuring the high school band of Stillwater Music

Theatre Performances
April 8 & 9, 7pm
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
DAC Theatre
$8 DAC Members and Children 12 and under / $12 Non-Members

With Special After School Outreach Performances
April 12 & 14, 4:30pm
$1 DAC Members and Children 12 and under/ $5 General

Purchase tickets click here! ]

Colorado 3rd Congressional District High School Art Competition
April 1–16
For grades 9–12
Artwork Submission: March 31
Artwork Judging: April 4, 10:30am–1pm
Reception and awards presented by US Representative of the 3rd District of Colorado, Congressman Scott Tipton: Tuesday, April 5, 3–4:30pm

2016 Creativity Festivity is sponsored by Durango School District R-9, Durango Friends of the Arts, and the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.
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 Outreach 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.
Artist Feature 
DAC MicroGrants Recipients
20MOONS, Timelapse Video Still.

2016 DAC MicroGrant Awardees

DAC is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 MicroGrants provided by the Durango Arts Center. Since 2014, DAC MicroGrants distributes ten grants totaling $5000 to regional artists, serving as a catalyst to further their work while living and working in rural Southwestern communities. Members and non-members of DAC are eligible to apply for MicroGrants. In an effort to decentralize visual authority and support a diplomatic review process, DAC engages local community members to evaluate applications and award MicroGrants each year.  

At the $1000 Level (2 grants) - 20MOONS and Six Dollar String Band
At the $500 Level (4 grants) - Dan Groth (Durango, CO), Jeff Madeen (Durango, CO), Cynthia McDowell (La Plata, NM), and Kayla Shaggy (Bloomfield, NM). 
At the $250 Level (4 grants) - Tricia Gourley (Durango, CO), Della Greer (Durango, CO), Gretchen Magwitz (Durango, CO), and Shan Wells (Durango, CO). 

To learn more about the projects funded, artists and DAC MicroGrants please visit the website. 

DAC MicroGrants is made possible by numerous individual donors. 
Spring Adult Art Workshops
Sign up online now for Spring 2016 Adult Art workshops and classes. 

Also! Don't forget about the ongoing Adult Performing art workshops, The Saturday Series, running through April and online registration is now available for Youth Summer Camps in Visual Arts and DAC Applause! Performing Arts

To see all adult and youth art education programs please visit our website
Upcoming Events
March 10, 3-4:30pm : Art Genres with Judith Reynolds
March 12, 10:30am-12pm : The Saturday Series : Acting Inside Out/Outside In with Mona Wood-Patterson
March 16, 12-1pm : DAC Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Jeff Madeen
March 17, 5:30pm : KDUR's Furniture as Art Auction at DAC
March 19, 10:30am - 12:30pm : The Saturday Series : Acting Inside Out/Outside In with Mona Wood-Patterson
April 2, 10am-1pm : The Saturday Series: Theatre Games with Theresa Carson
April 5, 3-4:30pm : High School Art Competition Reception + Awards with US Representative of the 3rd District of Colorado, Congressman Scott Tipton
April 7, 4-6pm : Opening Reception for Creativity Festivity Exhibit (also First Thursday!)
April 7, 5–7pm : First Thursdays Art Walk
April 8-14 : Performances of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
April 13, 5-9pm : High School Poetry Slam
April 22, 5-7pm : Opening Reception for Under Pressure exhibit
Become a Member of DAC
The Durango Arts Center offers members VIP invitations to exhibits and special events, a member discount on adult and children’s visual and performing arts classes and on the array of creative items featured at the Gallery Gift Shop. Through your membership you will experience the unique opportunity of becoming part of a dynamic community of art lovers and artists who are energized by visual and performing arts – we invite you to be inspired and join the best small arts center in America! Join online!
Mission of DAC
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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