Happy Fall, Y’all! News from the Durango Arts Center

Happy Fall, Y’all!

So much to see and do at at YOUR local Art Center! Scroll down to learn more!

Buy your fundraiser tickets here!!

The Durango Autumn Arts Festival
Sept. 21 & 22, 10 am-5 pm
along E. 2nd Ave.

Over 90 juried artists from all over the country!

FREE live music in the DAC theater from 11 am-5 pm, cash bar,
includes a lineup of local favorites from Robby Overfield to
Pete Giuliani and more!

Mark your calendar and come join in the celebration! Sep. 21 & 22, 10-5. Read all about the Durango Autumn Arts Festival here: https://durangoarts.org/2019-daaf/

There’s such a buzz! See what Southwest Art Magazine has to say about it!

Read Article Here

Sign up to be a festival volunteer here!


Register for art classes here!

Fall classes include:
Paint & Gogh: acrylic painting
book making
soft sculpture
collage/mixed media
leather stitching
figure drawing
solar-powered printmaking
and much more!

Remember: Early Release Mondays (Middle & High School)
After school art on Wednesdays at the DAC.
After school art spaces still available at Needham and Florida Mesa. Register online now at red link above!
Need-based scholarships available.


10-minute plays were officially introduced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1977, when the genre was promoted as part of the Humana Festival of new American Plays.
Often referred to as the “haiku of the American stage,” as well as “a streak of theatrical lightning,” 10-minute plays have become an engaging and popular genre for today’s audiences and playwrights.
The 10-minute Play Celebration at the Durango Arts Center involves 3 events:
a 10-minute Play Contest with a deadline for entries in February;
an Evening of Staged Readings of the top five finalists from the
contest in May, in which the Grand Prize Winner and Audience Choice Award is chosen;
and then a 10-minute Play Festival in which the winning plays and other finalists are given staged productions.
Oct 18, 19, 20.
Buy your tickets now!



Opening Reception
September 6th at 5 pm
Free to attend! Come Join us!


DAC Board Member of the Month:
Lesley Gannon Meiering

Lesley Gannon Meiering is our Board Member of the month! A very enthusiastic and supportive member, Lesley also serves on our Fundraising Committee. We are so excited to have her join us. Lesley is a native of Dublin, Ireland, and has lived in Durango for over 45 years. She is a local realtor at Legacy Properties West, Sotheby’s. She is known on CR 250 for her four brightly colored chairs, decked out in celebration of the current fun things going on in the Durango area. Lesley has five sons, and one is a glass artist. Lesley tells us she looks forward to the successful future of DAC. Thank you, Lesley!


Are you an artist interested in showing
your work at the DAC?
Call for Entry
The Durango Arts Center is currently accepting proposals from artists and curators for exhibits in the Barbara Conrad and Entrada Galleries for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Click the button below to learn more and to apply.

Submit Now


A BIG thank you to our featured sponsors

of the Durango Autumn Arts Festival!

Thank you to the following amazing volunteers who helped make the DAC a success this month!

On the Board of Directors:
Ken Duncan, President
Mike Scieszka, Vice President
John Lopez, Treasurer
Hunter Johnson, Secretary
Jen Bayer
Edward DesPlas
Susan Hupp
Jesse Bopp
Lesley Meiering
Jonas Grushkin
Frank Lockwood
A special thank you to Kristina Fox who has served as President these past three years!

Fundraising Committees: Jesse Bopp, Kristina Fox, Nancy Kimball, Matt Payne, Lesley Meiering
Theater volunteers: Chris Morega, Ronell Oliveri, Kristine Westbrooke
Gallery volunteers: Mike Scieszka, Maverick Akin, Chris Moraga, Susan Hupp, Barbara & Tom Klema, Andrea Martens, Tony Holmquist, Maggie Sauer, Joanne Bagley, Susannah Jones
Event Volunteers: Paige Fredricks, Deborah Kelroy, Aaron Hyatt, Judith Reynolds and Caprice Fox
Thank you also to our volunteers who have given it their all at the front desk these many years! Your commitment to art is commendable and we appreciate you.
Marta Snow, Suz Cramer, Marjorie Wolf, Nina Paige, Johnny Bulson, Emmi Mooney, Michele Sensing, Elise Lilburn, Pat Rustad
See you at the Autumn Arts Festival!

Here are a few things the DAC could use:
Monetary donations to support our programming
Autumn Arts Festival & Gallery Volunteers
Two Classroom Smart Boards for our art studios
Shelving units or a donation of carpentry services
Rechargeable batteries and charging bases for the theater.
Ipad for gallery sales
Acrylic Paint
If you would like to donate any of these items or services, please email brenda@durangoarts.org
Thank you!

Thanks to Randy Allen from Next Level for the new DAC Theater Bar flat screen TV!
Thanks to Mike Scieszka for the new table top easels and paint brushes!
Thanks to Karma Bhotia for providing all the meals for the artists of the Durango Autumn Arts Festival!
Thank you to all of the anonymous donors this month who have contributed to the DAC! We so appreciate you!


Looking for a gift that keeps on giving?
Give a year of amazing art-filled experiences!
A membership is always a perfect gift, and provides on-going discounts on:
show tickets
class registrations
gallery art
exhibition entry fees
A donation over $50 secures a membership and discounts.
Experience and share all the extraordinary ART under DAC’s roof!
The Durango Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that has served the region since 1966 with dynamic cultural experiences for all ages.
Invest in DAC and support the ongoing vibrancy of our community!
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